I am asked all of the time, “What is gluten? And how do you become gluten free?” Today I’ll start with some basics and a little gluten free 101.
Gluten Free 101
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According to the Celiac Disease Foundation,
Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat (wheatberries, durum, emmer, semolina, spelt, farina, farro, graham, KAMUT® khorasan wheat and einkorn), rye, barley and triticale – a cross between wheat and rye. Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together. Gluten can be found in many types of foods, even ones that would not be expected.
Some basics on the “safe” list
- Arrowroot flour
- Xanthan gum
- Guar gum
Some basics on the “unsafe” list
- But really…..all of these 124 items
4 of the most basic tips
- Just because something says “Wheat Free” does not mean it is “Gluten Free.”
- Traditional beer is out! (Is Alcohol Gluten Free?)
- Watch out for salad dressings. I make my own!
- The easiest way to begin is by eating foods in the “whole-food form.” (ie. plain & whole fruits, vegetables, and meats)
Further Gluten Free 101 Reading
- How To Gluten Free on a Budget
- Making Gluten Free a Game
- 7 Things Learned from 7 Years Gluten Free
- 4 Reasons Your Gluten Free Diet is Keeping You Miserable
- Library of gluten free recipes
- All gluten free e-books
What other questions do you have? Do you live your life gluten free? Are you thinking of living it that way?
You will heal. I will help.