I do blame food a lot, but the food is not always the enemy.
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Help! I’m gluten free. Now what? You have decided to fully commit to a 100% gluten-free lifestyle. The only problem? You have no idea where to start. Grab a cup of coffee (not the instant kind, unless you know for sure it’s gluten-free, as many of them are “gluten-ated!”) and get cozy….help is on the way!
Before diving in, you must confirm (and be completely honest with yourself) one of the following three statements:
Again, be completely honest with yourself when choosing #1, #2 or #3. Why are you saying, “Help! I’m gluten free. Now what?” Because each statement likely associates the gluten-free lifestyle with something unique. Let me explain:
Now that you have your starting place, let’s move right on in with the main squeeze of the day, Mr. Gluten.
Gluten is (in simplest terms) a special type of protein that is commonly found in rye, wheat, and barley. People use the terms wheat and gluten interchangeably, but they are not the same. Learn more about their differences and sources for them via 124 Wheat and Gluten Sources and Alternate Names.
You now know whether you fit into statement #1, #2 or #3. Use the following resources and information to help guide you to the gluten-free healthy lifestyle you need.
Note: I could go on forever here. It’s just a matter of perusing the Internet to see which blog/personality fits best with your style. Want to find more (and get trapped into reading all day?) just Google, “Gluten Free AND Blog.”
One aspect of going gluten free that I think many people overlook is that many foods, in their natural state, are already gluten free. If you are the type of person who loves fresh fruits, vegetables and plain meats (no, deli meat is not included usually – sorry) then you will do very well with a gluten-free diet. (Read: 10 Tips to Lead Your Gluten Free Healthy Lifestyle.)
I eat very, very simple. I eat most foods as close to their natural state as possible, and the only things I add are fresh spices, herbs, and sea (or Himalayan) salt.
Going gluten free is a challenge mostly for those who have lived their lives off of packaged and processed goods (I’m raising my hand because this was me, too). Those are typically the foods that are plump full of gluten. The only time I really have to worry anymore is if I’m craving a cupcake or chips. In those instances, I make sure they are gluten free. If you can train your body to enjoy real foods, half of your battle is won! (Remember, though, not all foods in their original state are gluten free. ie. Whole Wheat Pasta.) Grab my FREE Real Food Shopping Guide for Costco!
Going 100% gluten-free, no matter what your prerogative might be, is never easy in the beginning. But if you need to go gluten free, it’s absolutely worth it!
If you need further help, consider grabbing The Gutsy Girl’s Bible: an approach to healing the gut and/or working with me 1-on-1.
Did you ever think you could get a gluten-free dinner on less than 5 dollars? I can’t *fully* take credit on this one, as much of it came from my mother while I was in Minnesota. But I made my own version of it as soon as I got back to California, and I just had to share it with all of you.
I can’t *fully* take credit on this one, as much of it came from my mother while I was in Minnesota. But I made my own version of it as soon as I got back to California, and I just had to share it with all of you.
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This will make several servings, depending on who is eating it. Since my husband loved it, he ate a lot and the dish dwindled quickly!
For one person, you could do one chicken breast and half the bag, making the meal for under $5. Using 2 bags of cole slaw and 3 chicken breasts will probably be enough for a family of four – and still less than or around $5!
Looking for more gluten free recipes? Click HERE to grab them. To learn more about living gluten free, check out Making Gluten Free a Game, 7 Things Learned from 7 Years Gluten Free, 10 Tips to Lead Your Gluten Free Healthy Lifestyle, Gluten Free 101, and Help! I’m Gluten Free. Now What?
Love breaded, baked chicken, but not sure how to do it now that you are gluten-free? I have a gluten free breaded baked chicken recipe today to get you started.
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Looking for a simple gluten free protein snack?
As I mention in the video below, I have been contacted so much recently from people wondering how to make simple things (yes, everyone has a time budget) that are gluten free, healthy, and full of protein.
I realized recently that this is what I spend all my “free time” doing….concocting simple recipes.
I’m no Martha Stewart, but I eat well and I’m happy to share what I do with all of you! I promise to start making more of these videos to share. But if you have something in particular you are looking for (ie. sick of spending a lot of money on processed salad dressings? –> yes, that recipe is coming, too), contact me!
Note: On the video, I said “Fage.” It’s actually pronounced, “fa-yeh.”
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