Gluten Free Action Plan
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So you’ve been diagnosed with a gluten allergy or worse, celiac disease. First, let us express how sorry we are. There’s no way around it, that stinks! This is not easy news to get. Yeah sure, there are worse things that could happen but this situation alters the way you think about food, the way you socialize with others when food is involved, the way you grab a quick bite when life is busy and we could go on and on (but we won’t).
Give yourself permission to grieve for what you’ve lost. Don’t let anyone diminish this situation and the seriousness of not following the proper guidelines (as outlined by your doctor, nutritionist or other health care professional) for restoring and maintaining your health. We’re gonna move on to ways that will help you through this challenging period, but we can’t stress enough that we understand what you’re going through and we remember the pain and anguish of coming to terms with our GF lifestyle. We wish we could give you a virtual hug and tell you that everything’s gonna be ok, because it will be ok. Ready to go on???
OK, the plan is going to be broken into several areas. These are the areas that we found challenging and our goal is be that little voice on your shoulder – the one we wish we had years ago – helping you navigate your new nutritional requirements. These areas do NOT have to be taken in order, but some do build on one another so tackle what makes sense, get a handle on one or two things and then come back and see us for more good info.
This is a marathon – and lucky for you a delicious one once you become a gluten-free guru or ‘GFG’ – and NOT a sprint. Learning to live GF is a process that takes time to incorporate into your life, but lucky for you it’s getting easier and easier every day. Did you know that since 2006 the number and scope of GF products has been growing by almost 30% per year? That’s phenomenal growth and it’s unfortunately become necessary due to the increase in gluten allergy diagnoses (see Gluten Trend).
Let’s dive into the areas that will get you on the right track:
1. Grocery Store Guidance
2) Supplements - Enzymes & Acidophilus
3) GF Planning
4) Find a nutritionist
(add'l links coming very soon, check back in July 2011)
5) Tricky things to avoid
6) GF School Lunches
7) GF Fast Food
8) Easy GF Substitutions
9) And some more things we're still contemplating...
The information on our site is the equivalent of a 4 year degree in GF Studies all packed into one semester. Take your time incorporating things into your life. Don’t get frustrated, it’s simply gonna take time. These are the things that took us years to figure out and we are thrilled to help give you a head start with your new GF life. Remember, this can be a blessing in disguise. A gluten allergy will focus your thinking on what you put in your body. Garbage in equals garbage out: if you give your body cheap, processed ‘fuel’, your body will return the favor and give you sluggish performance, additional sick days and other difficulties. Your body was designed wonderfully with integrated systems that can meet just about any challenge, but you have to treat your body right with a good diet that meets YOUR body’s needs and exercise to keep everything moving right as rain. Your body will respond positively just in a matter of hours and days to high quality food, so give your body the right nutrients for the challenge ahead and your body will take care of you.
And in summary – HAVE FUN! There’s a wonderful world of GF options out there, you’ll just have to look high and low and ask for a little help along the way. It’s kinda like a treasure hunt for your good health!
Good luck, best wishes & eat well,
~ The LifeAfterGluten Crew
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