First off, let's address why you should go gluten free, because without a strong why, you probably won't stick to it. There are a few key reasons: it causes inflammation, gut irritability, irregular bowel movements, and if you are gluten intolerant without knowing it, you can experience neurological issues, skin problems, leaky gut and worse. Plus, it's usually just empty carbs :/
But don't worry! There are still PLENTY of delicious carbs out there to take the place of gluten. Let's get started on how to go gluten free.
Remove all signs of gluten from your house
Trust me, it's the best move you can make. This includes:
Then there are the obvious ones like cookies and cakes etc. Those have to go to. Before you panic, read below.
Find gluten free alternatives for your favorite foods
There are a ton of gluten free products on the market today, so no need to fret about finding a replacement. Here are some things you can switch out:
Bread - Try Ezekiel bread instead. It's pretty close to regular bread (although slightly denser) and is a great source of complete protein! Double bonus.
Pasta - This one is actually quite easy. You can sub this for either brown rice pasta or quinoa pasta, or try opting for a different side dish like rice and beans (also a complete protein), quinoa, or spiralized vegetables.
Cereal - You should ditch eating cereal for breakfast anyway. Most contain little to no nutritional value and are packed with sugar (even the "healthy" ones!). Try gluten free oats with peanut butter, or making a smoothie bowl in the morning. If you really enjoy cereal that much, simply find a gluten free brand.
Yes, you will have to accept that these foods most likely don't taste as good as their gluten-containing counterpart. But it's worth it!
Life is about balance. We're strong supporters of the 80/20 rule, and indulging in a burger with a real bun every now and then is okay. Strong emphasis on the now and then...this doesn't mean once a week you eat half a loaf of bread. Focus on the positives, take note of any changes you see or feel in your body. Is your stomach more settled? Has your skin cleared up? Are you less bloated?
Remember why you wanted to make this change and stick to it! This isn't just hype and your body will benefit from cutting out gluten, even if you can't always see it. We challenge you to give it a try for 30 days and see how you feel!
If you have any tips and tricks of your own, leave them in the comments section below.