Buying processed, ready-made gluten free meals. When I first got diagnosed with Celiac, we beelined to Wegmans, found the gluten-free aisle, and pretty much bought out the store. Pizzas, frozen foods, etc. Being overwhelmed, this seemed the simplest thing to do. But guess what? To make these items tasty without gluten, the manufacturers need to add a lot of other garbage which is a lot less healthy, and more fattening, than gluten. And if you’re freshly diagnosed, your insides are a mess. Go naked. Which means just stick to meat, veggies and fish with no sauces for a bit, with the occasional treat. Your intestines will thank you for it.
Assuming something is gluten free just because it says it is. Check the ingredients. Ask the waiter a thousand questions. You’ll be surprised what you find. You have to be your biggest advocate.
Not being patient. Once I went gluten free, it took me two years to start feeling decent again. Some people feel better immediately…I didn’t. But stay the course, let your insides heal, and eventually things will turn around.
Cheating…even a little. Since I was diagnosed, I have not cheated one single time. And when I go thru a stretch of a few months where I feel good, a thought may creeep in saying “c’mon…it’s just one slice of pizza”. But I’ve never succumbed and you shouldn’t either. Not only can it set you back months, but even if you don’t feel it, you’re doing damage to your body and eventually it will catch up to you.
Assuming you’ll lose weight going gluten free. Simply going gluten free is not a diet plan and it pains me to no end that gluten free has become the “in” diet. Eating healthy and exercise, like since the beginning of time, is the only healthy way to lose weight.
Thinking your life will never be the same again. Well, actually it won’t be, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It is a HUGE adjustment going gluten free, but at the end of the day, it’s a manageable disease, you don’t eat a lot of crap that’s not good for you and there are always so many people much worse off than you.
Do you have more suggestions? Leave a comment and I’ll keep adding items to the list.
This one is from jbg…
Not adjusting your food shopping budget. It seems we almost doubled our grocery bill when I was diagnosed. We were certainly not expecting this. We needed to cut back in other places.
And this one just in from samanthaK…
Going out to eat soon after being diagnosed. Don’t do it. Assume you’ll be eating at home for the first few month’s so you have full control over what you eat. Let yourself heal.
And this from Esther…
Assuming that personal care and beauty items are safe. The first time I went to get my hair cut after going GF, I thankfully remembered to ask my stylist about her products just before she started to wash my hair. Everything she had in the shop contained gluten, from the shampoo to the styling gels. I’ve also found gluten as an ingredient in hand soap, deodorant, and even in an all-natural hair spray.