Gluten free is nothing to fear…I promise.
It’s certainly not all fun and games, but if you’ve recently received the dreaded celiac diagnosis, do not be afraid of gluten-free.
If you are like me, and most celiacs I’ve heard from, the first time in a supermarket after your diagnosis is an absolutely jarring experience. I still remember, five years later, walking up and down the aisles just stunned at all of the foods I could no longer eat.
I remember picking up item after item of my once favorite foods and checking the ingredients, hoping upon hope that there would be no wheat, barley or rye listed, and being constantly disappointed/frustrated/angry (really…just pick an adjective) at the results.
That was then and this is now.
While there are indeed many things to be afraid of (unending wars, our election process, the Kardashians), going gluten free is not one of them.
Don’t think of it as needing to give up all of your favorite foods. If you get stuck in the “I can’t have” mentality, it’s going to be a long journey for you.
Just think of it as a “lifestyle adjustment”. And if you make the right choices, a healthier lifestyle to boot (hint…stay out of the gluten free aisle in your grocery store as much as possible).
Yes, you can still have bagels (I recommend Udi’s).
Yes, you can still have pasta (I recommend corn pasta over rice pasta).
Yes, you can still have beer (I recommend…well, I’m still waiting to be impressed).
You can still have meat, veggies, fruit, vodka, sushi, fish, shrimp, rice, cheese and the list goes on and on.
Do you need to be unbelievably careful every time you eat? Absolutely.
Will you miss the spontaneity of grabbing a bite without thinking about it? Unquestionably.
Is going out to eat a huge pain in the ass at times? Unequivocally.
But don’t fear it. Embrace it. You will adjust. You will survive.
And before you know it, going gluten-free becomes, dare I say, normal.