Have you just been diagnosed with Celiac Disease or think you might have the autoimmune symptoms? You are not alone! It might be overwhelming at first to have to switch to a gluten-free lifestyle, but here are some tips to help make your transition easier!
1. Don’t forget to exercise
After being diagnosed with Celiac, it is super important to add fitness into your daily routine. Not only will it help you feel better and motivate you to heal, but it also can correct some of the secondary symptoms of Celiac Disease. Osteoporosis is a common result of Celiac. Adding in weight exercises to your routine can help build a better muscle-to-fat ratio and strengthen your bones.
2. Speak to a dietician
Navigating a gluten-free lifestyle might be overwhelming and scary to some. Meeting with a dietician can help take the guessing out of your new diet, as well as help guide your new eating habits. You want to make sure you are nourishing your body properly and getting everything you need to be healthy!
3. Try new recipes
A gluten-free diet doesn’t have to be boring! Have fun experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes. Make sure to pay close attention to all of the ingredients when you are shopping, and have fun experimenting. Research cookbooks and blogs that cater to gluten-free diets and lifesyles!
Remember, being gluten-free doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy dessert! Here is one of our favorite dessert recipes using our Jel Desserts… a Summer Jelly Pudding! https://simplydelish.net/blogs/recipes/simply-delish-summer-jelly-pudding
4. Explore local restaurants
Don’t want to cook at home? How about exploring some restaurant chains that have gluten-free options as they are becoming more and more popular. It’s also the perfect time to check out a few smaller, local restaurants and see where you can customize your menu to fit your diet.
A helpful tip is to make sure that the gluten-free items are cooked away from potential cross-contamination in the kitchen. Be sure to communicate with your server that you are gluten-free and remember to ask questions. Be wary of restaurants that use ingredients with gluten in any sauces or spices or those that cook in the same area as food that has gluten.
5. Join a support group
Did you know that according to the Celiac Disease Foundation https://celiac.org/about-celiac-disease/what-is-celiac disease/#:~:text=It%20is%20estimated%20to%20affect,that%20attacks%20the%20small%20intestine., celiac disease is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide? You are not alone! Joining a support group can help you navigate your lifestyle. You can share advice on foods to avoid, cookbook and recipe suggestions, some great restaurants to try, and other advice on managing the disease.