How To Go Gluten Free Without Crying

how to go gluten free

When I went Gluten Free (GF) years ago, I panicked.  “How will I live without bread.  And cookies.  And bread.  And pasta.  And bread?!?!  Lord save me.”  I wanted to cry.  I thought enjoying life was over – even though I knew it was worth it.  After only 24 hours of no Gluten, I noticed a positive difference in my body.  After a week without Gluten, the change was so dramatic I knew it could never touch my lips again.

Bye-bye wheat, rye, and barley!

Turns out it wasn’t that hard.  In fact, I rarely miss any Gluten-filled product.  When somebody devours a delicious cronut (croissant donut) in front of my face, I just slap them. When somebody enjoys French bread dipped in Olive Oil and spices, I just faint.  These activities make my Gluten Free self feel better.  I kid (not really)!

There are so many options for the Gluten-Freers.  SO MANY.  Fear not, my Celiac-y friends!  You’re all gonna be just fine.  Remember: we can eat our hearts out on foods like meats, dairy (unless you have a dairy intolerance, unfortunately common in the GF community), produce, nuts, rice, quinoa (my fav!), oils/butter, and CHOCOLATE.

BONUS: My #1 way to save on these gluten-free items is to buy them from the online retailer Vitacost. Sign up using my Vitacost link HERE, and save $10 on your first purchase!

The “How to Go Gluten Free without Crying” Steps:

how to go gluten free

  • Get Rid of the Gluten

Throw out the bread, pastas, cookies, soy sauce, spice mixes, etc. that are not marked Gluten Free.  Or put them in a designated cabinet for your gluten-eating family members.  Out of sight, out of mind.  You won’t accidentally grab them when you’re not in the GF habit.

  • Wash, wash, wash

Wash all your pots and pans, utensils, and cooking spaces.  If you live with people who will continue eating Gluten, you will have to be careful.  Some people buy two of everything – two spatulas, two cookie sheets.  I just wash all our kitchen appliances thoroughly – no direct sharing.

  • Meal plan each week

Google Gluten Free recipes or use Pinterest!  Pinterest is a great resource for GF meal ideas (start here and then expand to here!) Have a plan, stick to it – especially when you’re just starting out.  You won’t get as overwhelmed while you’re still figuring it all out.  Example:

MONDAY

Breakfast: 2 eggs, salsa, 1 slice of Gluten-Free bread with peanut butter

Snack: Yogurt

Lunch: Quinoa Salad with grilled chicken

Snack: Apple and almonds

Dinner: Tacos with corn tortillas and homemade taco seasoning, refried beans

Dessert: Dark chocolate (because, duh, you need chocolate!)

  • Go For The Substitutions

Some people say silly things like, “Don’t buy substitute products, it’s so much healthier and cheaper to just eat lettuce wraps.”  Girlfriend wants bread and pasta!  Celiac was going to kill me; brown rice pasta isn’t.  These substitute products will make the transition much easier.

Try both Rudi’s and Udi’s breads (Rudi’s doesn’t ONLY make Gluten Free bread, so make sure it’s labeled).  They’re more expensive. So when they’re on sale, stock up and put them in your freezer! Jovial pasta is my favorite!  Non-Gluten-Freers love it too. You can’t beat the ingredient list: Organic brown rice pasta, water. And San-J has great GF soy sauce.

Remember to look at the ingredients!  A lot of substitution products will use white rice flour or potato starch.  Try to stay away from those and stick to brown rice flour, coconut flour, garbanzo bean flour and healthier flours like these. 

  • Make Google Your BFF

When you don’t know if a product is Gluten Free and it’s not marked on the package, google it! Most products have GF info on their website.  If they don’t, you can often find the info on a forum. Just google “Is (blank) gluten free?” and research away!  This is also a great way to find restaurants.  I often google “Gluten free (restaurant name)” — this gives me a leg-up in case the staff isn’t up on their GF facts.  Also Google hidden sources of Gluten.

  • Speak Up!

This is still the hardest one for me.  I feel bad about my Celiac, and I shouldn’t.  I often feel like it makes me high maintenance.  Which it does, kinda.  But this is a matter of my life, my health.  Tell your family and friends. Explain to them how important it is.  Tell the waitstaff at a restaurant that you cannot consume Gluten, because it will give you the shits (No, no, feel free to leave that detail out).

Pro Tip: Celiac/Gluten Intolerance is NOT classified as an “allergy.”  But most people don’t know that.  SO when you’re at a restaurant, and you think they’re not understanding the importance of you staying away from Gluten, tell them you are terribly ALLERGIC to it.  That’s a buzzword that just might save your stomach!

  • Don’t Cheat

You cannot cheat on a Gluten Free diet when you’re eating that way for Celiac Disease or a Gluten Intolerance.  It’s not a weight-loss plan where you can splurge on Friday night.  You either eat Gluten Free or you don’t.  Even the tiniest amount of Gluten can send your body into a tailspin.  Make the commitment; your body will thank you by not ruining your life.

Have questions about how to go Gluten Free?? Use my Contact page in the upper right hand corner to email me!  Or comment below!

BONUS: My #1 way to save on these gluten-free items is to buy them from the online retailer Vitacost. Sign up using my Vitacost link HERE, and save $10 on your first purchase!

Also see: Gluten Free Travel

Gluten-Free

 

31 thoughts on “How To Go Gluten Free Without Crying

  • July 1, 2015 at 8:17 am
    Permalink

    Love this article! Thank you for helping me go GF. Also wanted to share that my favorite pasta (currently) is Andean Dream… it’s GF quinoa pasta.

    Reply
    • July 1, 2015 at 6:00 pm
      Permalink

      Yes! Andean Dream is great too!

      Reply
  • July 1, 2015 at 1:50 pm
    Permalink

    What helpful info for others, Taylor! I have a few odd food allergies (not to mention, I’m also a vegetarian) and often times feel high maintenance when I’m at a restaurant or visiting others – which is silly because it’s not like I can help the food allergies. It is what it is and you just make it work.

    Reply
    • July 1, 2015 at 3:42 pm
      Permalink

      Glad I’m not alone! My boyfriend always reminds me that I’m not high maintenance, I can’t help that my body responds to Gluten in such horrible ways. He’s right!

      Reply
  • July 1, 2015 at 3:31 pm
    Permalink

    I developed a stress-induced gluten intolerance a couple of years ago, and I was SO DISTRAUGHT at first! But you’re right! It’s totally doable and it makes you feel so much better! I think a key is not thinking about what you CAN’T have but rather all the yummy, colorful foods you GET to have! <3

    Reply
    • July 1, 2015 at 3:42 pm
      Permalink

      Such a great point! Look at everything I GET to have and still feel great!!

      Reply
  • July 1, 2015 at 3:39 pm
    Permalink

    Oh girl, I feel you. I was GF for over a year. Though I did not test Celiac, I was still getting extremely sick (see your last sentence) and it would take me days of recovery and time off work… and then one day my doctor advised me to try wheat again. I did and I have been fine. I am not sure what was up but I haven’t gotten sick, I haven’t gotten headaches, nothing. Like you mentioned, there are SO SO many other options when it comes to GF foods. The biggest surprise for me was the taste. I was delighted that most things tasted no different (except bread, I gave that up) but it opened my world to much fresher options.
    I do feel your pain when visiting a restaurant. They would look at you sideways, but the Celiac website has nice printable “business” sized cards that I would give my server and they were more than understanding at that point. One of my favorite local restaurants also had its own cook wear for those of us who couldn’t eat gluten. Its nice to have an “in” like that.

    Reply
    • July 1, 2015 at 3:43 pm
      Permalink

      Very cool! I didn’t know about the business cards on the Celiac website. What a great tool! I love when restaurants have dedicated tools and workspace. I always return to their establishments and tip well – it’s such a blessing!

      Reply
  • Pingback: Why I Chose Young Living Essential Oils - Taylor DuVall

  • July 9, 2015 at 11:33 pm
    Permalink

    It seems like more than ever people are more responsive and aware of allergies and intolerances. I’m not gluten free but I do have a child with a peanut allergy so some of the same issues apply.

    Reply
    • July 9, 2015 at 11:42 pm
      Permalink

      So true – It’s so prevalent these days!

      Reply
  • July 10, 2015 at 12:13 am
    Permalink

    Great post! I am not gluten free, but I realize how great it is for people with allergies and in general, when you decide to start eating healthier! Thank you for this post!

    Reply
    • July 10, 2015 at 9:36 am
      Permalink

      Yes – it’s amazing what can happen to a body when you start eating healthier!! Thanks for stopping by!

      Reply
  • July 10, 2015 at 12:19 am
    Permalink

    I get really bloated and was thinking about trying to go Gluten free! Thanks for the tips x

    Reply
    • July 10, 2015 at 9:36 am
      Permalink

      Bloating is a very common symptom of a Gluten Intolerance! Wouldn’t hurt to try or at least talk to your doctor about it!

      Reply
    • July 10, 2015 at 9:37 am
      Permalink

      Haha thanks! YES, meal prep helps tremendously!

      Reply
  • July 10, 2015 at 8:02 am
    Permalink

    This is great! I found out last summer I am gluten sensitive, but I still cheat on a occasion. So hard to go cold turkey, but I am working on it! I do feel better, no bloat, mental clarity etc. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
    • July 10, 2015 at 9:38 am
      Permalink

      Well, it is different to be Gluten sensitive and to have Celiac. If I cheated, all hell would break loose! :) I’m SO glad you’re feeling better!!!

      Reply
  • July 10, 2015 at 2:11 pm
    Permalink

    Great post! I think so many of us had the initial reaction that it was some sort of death sentence but as you point out, being gluten-free is certainly manageable. One note though, I really prefer Udi’s breads to Rudi’s. And it is so great that there are more and more good bakeries opening up that offer decent gluten-free breads and even paleo breads. It’s getting so much easier. Thanks!

    Reply
    • July 10, 2015 at 4:16 pm
      Permalink

      I go through phases. Sometimes I like Udi’s more, sometimes I like Rudi’s more. I’m glad there are the options so I never have to get sick of it!! And I TOTALLY agree – so glad there are bakeries that are catering to us Gluten Freers

      Reply
  • December 4, 2015 at 10:34 am
    Permalink

    My niece was just put on a gluten free diet (last night) and I am her guardian. I have to admit that I feel a bit overwhelmed at the moment and love how direct and action oriented this article it. Thank-you for the share and for helping others like me get through this transition with our sanity!

    Reply
    • December 4, 2015 at 11:27 am
      Permalink

      I’m so glad this helped. I’m almost done with a short Gluten Free 101 Ebook. I’ll send it to you for free when it’s complete!

      Reply
  • January 6, 2016 at 10:23 am
    Permalink

    Try Canyon bakehouse bread. I used to eat Udi all the time and I think it is more available in stores, but Canyon bakehouse white bread is my favorite. Great post!

    Reply
    • January 9, 2016 at 8:29 pm
      Permalink

      When I’m back in the States, I absolutely will :)

      Reply
  • January 18, 2016 at 7:07 am
    Permalink

    Hi,

    I’m suffering from dizziness, vomiting, can’t have baby with no explanation, some sort of bad allergic.
    I want to go gf how to do it please
    Dr’s can’t help me I don’t know why they don’t figerout why I have all this .
    Thanks

    Reply
    • January 18, 2016 at 11:29 am
      Permalink

      I’ll email you!!

      Reply
  • February 28, 2016 at 1:34 pm
    Permalink

    I feel better and a lot less running to the restroom when going gluten free, but I am also a diabetic type 2, and gluten free products seem to have more carbs. Suggestions for gluten free lower carbs?

    Reply
    • March 27, 2016 at 1:15 pm
      Permalink

      YES! Stay away from the most common packaged products. Look for recipes with almond, coconut, or buckwheat flour (quinoa is lower on the glycemic scale too). Stay away from Tapioca, Potato, and Rice flours. You will have to probably make some of your own. Look at the blog Elena’s Pantry for some great recipes for you! Best of luck.

      Reply

Leave a Reply