Hello everyone, welcome back to Gluten Free Hannah!
I have been gluten free for nearly 2 months now, and it’s been an interesting time. I thought I’d share my top 10 tips that I have accumulated throughout that time to help other people!!
1.Positivity is key! I know it’s easier said than done, but focussing on what you CAN eat rather than what you can’t is a much more optimistic outlook.
2. Don’t feel scared or embarrassed about being gluten free. Don’t feel ashamed or uncomfortable to ask for a gluten free menu, or ask what ingredients are in meals. It’s a lot better to know for sure than to risk it and assume it will be ok.
3. Do some research in to the best places to shop. Have a look around all your local supermarkets to find which is most suited to you. Then, when you find something you like, make sure you write down where you got it from, or take a photograph of the packaging, so that you know where to buy it again.
4. Try not to crave what you can’t have. This is similar to the first point. The sooner you stop wanting things you can’t have, the easier it is to resist it. (It took me a while to work this one out – be strict with yourself!)
5. Check the ingredients! Even if you’ve been buying a product for a while, the ingredients are always changing. Always check to be on the safe side! Also, you might be surprised that some of the items you already buy are gluten free anyway.
6. Not everyone will fully understand. Be patient with people when explaining what you can and can’t eat, and why. Being told that ‘it’s not that bad’, or ‘surely a little bit won’t hurt’ can get frustrating, but you know how you react to gluten, and it’s hard for others to understand when they aren’t feeling the same.
7. Wheat free does not necessarily mean gluten free. Gluten free DOES include wheat free, but a product that is ‘Wheat Free’ may also contain other traces of gluten, such as barley or rye. Check carefully!
8. Take snack packs. Wherever you’re going and whatever you’re doing, there is nothing worse than feeling hungry only to find that there is nothing you can eat. Lots of gluten free snacks come individually wrapped in smaller sizes so there are really handy to throw into your bag to have with you at all times. Even if it’s just a few cereal bars or breakfast biscuits, it will stop you from feeling hungry for a little while. Trust me, you won’t regret this one!
9. Join Coeliac UK. For a small membership fee of £2 per month, you’ll have easy access to a whole range of useful information – recipes, eating out guides, food checker apps, food and drink diaries, advice for travelling abroad, and many more! In my opinion, it’s definitely worth it!
10. Don’t give up! It might not feel like it but it does get easier. Knowing what you can and can’t eat will become more natural to you and your family and friends.
So there it is, my top 10 tips for being gluten free. I hope you find some of them useful, and share them with others who might find them useful! Let me know which ones help you in any way, and also if you have any more tips not on this list, then I would love to hear them!!
Until next time,