Since joining the Bob’s Red Mill team five years ago, I’ve met my share of people who are newly diagnosed with celiac disease and others trying to get started eating gluten free. By now, I know the gist of what is important when you’re just getting started and always cringe when I meet people who tell me that they eat “mostly gluten free” and “cheat” when it’s something good, like birthday cake and pizza. I’m not a doctor, I’m just a person who has the privileged of meeting a lot of people on the gluten free diet. What I’ve learned is that everyone is different and the way gluten reacts in their system is different. So I asked all of our tweeps on Twitter to tell me what they feel is the most important advice for a newbie. I got a lot of great advice. In addition to these, I might add to be an advocate for yourself! You have the right to be happy and healthy. Let us know what you would tell a newbie to the gluten free diet in the comments section.
Here’s what our tweeps said:
- @CandicePike: Only do it if you’ve already been tested for Celiac. Whether or not you have it, you can’t be tested after going gluten free
- @CharityDas: be adventuresome, willing to try new things, explore new ingredients, new tastes, new stores, new ideas, ask for support.
- @Allisonthemeep: Read labels, and make LOTS of calls to companies to verify gluten-free. Don’t trust stuff people post on internet forums.
- @Joansweb: Advice: purchase Pocket Dictionary http://www.celiac.ca and Shelley Case’s book Gluten-Free Diet http://www.glutenfreediet.ca
- @G8rSteph: Start simple by sticking with meats, fruits, and veggies for a while. #GlutenFree
- @Oregon_SuNsHiNe: a newbie to the #gf diet should talk w/a dietician who specializes in celiac disease asap! Ours was so helpful & resourceful
- @GTCrumpette: see if there is a GIG branch in ur area and attend a celiac 101 class. Also read gluten free girl.
- @Laurabosak: Even though it’s expensive, but to buy finished products in the beginning and learn what flours appeal to your taste buds
- @Megankillian: advice for folks going #gfree: make enough gfree food for dinner to use as lunch the next day! Carry snacks wherever u go!
- @Achatel311: Best advice for newbies: “don’t be afraid to ask – the waiter, grocer, chef, family, whomever. ” #GlutenFree
- @Stwaldo: Read labels! Seriously, gluten sneaks into everything – also, ask questins at restaurats, you’d be surprised what you learn!
- @Archatel311: Best advice for newbies: “don’t be afraid to ask – the waiter, grocer, chef, family, whomever. “
- @GingerCM: rule one. If you think you have celiac, do NOT go #glutenfree before an endoscopy. Test will be inacc.
- @Sarahk47: Read Dr. Green’s book first thing!
- @Playknice: For someone starting #gfree, I’d say to find the foods you *can* eat and enjoy them. Keep it positive, you won’t miss bread.
- @MillerP: 1) Make a list of the food you already eat that is #gf. It’ll be longr than u think. 2) Forget about bread for a few months!
- @Anile: Nail 1 great recipe and work your way up from there. Don’t try too much at once and get overwhelmed by “failure” Persevere
- @Jayelldee: Don’t have just gluten-free for one family member; use them for whole family. Brown rice pasta, Bob’s Baking Mix work well!