4 Great Tips to Maintain your Gluten Free Diet

More and more people Australia are learning that they are gluten-intolerant, and are seeing the health benefits of changing their diets and eating habits. But there certainly is a lifestyle change that comes with this which can be something of a challenge for many people. Luckily, the world is far more gluten-free friendly than it has been in the past, and you can find an alternative to nearly every food out there! This article will go through some of the ways you can thrive living a gluten-free life and some of the habits that are well worth adopting. 

Become an expert when it comes to food labels

This isn’t just good advice for gluten-free people, but for just about everyone! If you’re at all health or diet conscious, it’s important to have a good idea of how to properly read food labels as a way to help you choose which products to buy. Most gluten free products will have a certification seal of some kind, but if you don’t see you should be able to check the label and find out how appropriate it is for your dietary needs.gluten free products will have a certification seal of some kind, but if you don’t see you should be able to check the label and find out how appropriate it is for your dietary needs.

Basically, you’ll be looking out for any mention of wheat, barley, oats or rye, all of which contain gluten and should be avoided. The problem is that sometimes they will be labelled under something else. For instance, if you see the word malt (usually malt extract or malt flavouring), put the product down and walk away - this will mean that rye is present. Wheat can be okay, provided it appears in connection with either maltodextrin, glucose syrup or citric acid.

Mix things up when it comes to your diet

If you’re just starting out after being diagnosed as gluten intolerant, there may be some tendency to stick to same kinds of foods and have a fairly predictable diet. Given that the varieties of food you can eat is reduced, it makes sense that you start to stick to a few gluten-free dishes that you know and love.

But in any healthy diet, variety is quite important and helps us get the full spectrum of nutrients we need. When you’re gluten intolerant this can require a little more creativity and possibly more work too, but it’s hugely important and more fun to mix things up. Variety is the spice of life after all.

Develop a passion for cooking

This might be easier said than done, but if you’re enthusiastic when it comes to cooking and spending time in the kitchen, you’re going to find it much easier to maintain a healthy gluten-free lifestyle. We’d strongly recommend getting your hands on a gluten-free cookbook or just research recipes online to keep things fresh and interesting.

Not only will this enable you to have a more varied diet (as mentioned above) but you’ll begin to pick up a few habits and knowledge relevant to gluten-free cooking, which can help you come up with your own dishes later on.

Shop around

Gluten-intolerance is quite common nowadays and there are a number of stores that specialise in gluten free foods that you can discover. You’ll notice that a lot of fine food suppliers also have a line of gluten free products in addition to their conventional offerings.

Whether they’re selling special ingredients, or ready-made foods such as gluten free puddings, cakes, bread or other treats, there is a great variety to choose from. Frankly, there aren’t all that many foods that you’re missing out on nowadays.

It’s well worth asking at most stores if they stock gluten-free products and shop around to different marketplaces, supermarkets or even check online to find delicious new gluten free alternatives.

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