Essential How-To's for the Newly Diagnosed Celiac
You've been to the big websites for Celiac, and you've decided, for your best healing, you're going to be strictly gluten free. Great! But how do you do that? This page is a collection of guides to help get off to a good start. From kitchen restart to teaching yourself cooking, it's here. Drop me a line if you have suggestions.
Shopping becomes much more complex on a gluten free diet. I wrote a general shopping guide for caregivers and those new to gluten free, so you know what you're buying will be useful, for the Celiac in your life (or yourself).
Here's my guide to food labels on produce items (such as organic, non GMO, etc). Those are often naturally gluten free, but the labeling can still be confusing.
I also went to an Indian food market recently, and was pleasantly surprised that many gluten free staples were also available in organic form. Here's my guide to visiting an ethnic market to help save a little money on the gluten free diet.
If you are or know a senior citizen who requires a gluten free diet, you might want to read my discussion on why Celiac disease and the gluten free diet is even more of an urgent need in late life. Included are some ideas for how to make it happen.
CookingSome people are no longer Cooking for themselves. But along comes Celiac and it makes buying a meal in a restaurant a minefield of cross contamination, and buying packaged foods an exercise in brand loyalty and trust. So many Celiacs rediscover cooking and wonder "How do I learn if I didn't when I was a kid?" Here's my guide for learning to cook. This guide is for cooking on the go, I wrote it while I was staying in an efficiency hotel room.
Gluten Free FloursGluten Free Flour is a whole new world, and I prefer to treat it as an adventure rather than a challenge. A wise man (or is it wise guy?) once told me that he used to look for challenges. But his life became challenging. So now he looks for adventures. This is my gluten free flour tips article to help you see gluten free flour as more of an adventure than a challenge.
Eating LiverWant more Liver in your diet but don't know how? Afraid it will be expensive and then taste bad anyway? This is my guide for how to safely store and prepare liver. This eating habit really helped me out, I was having a lot of pain in my upper right abdomen and it wasn't my gallbladder. It went away once I started doing this. OK, one person's story, but it's one I've heard a lot from others.
Beans bothering you? But you want to reduce meat in your diet? People choose to eat beans for many reasons, meatless protein, gut health, or just because they like them. I'm the latter, I simply like them. Here's my guide for how to get them back.
Doing some GardeningWant to do some Gardening? Many people with health in mind, turn to home gardening as a means of having the satisfaction of growing something, and the joy of knowing where your food is coming from. Here's my collection of gardening ideas to help you find an idea you like.
Being 'Glutened'What does being Glutened feel like for someone who has severe symptoms? Here's my description from a time when I was severely glutened. There are some spelling and grammar mistakes that I've deliberately left so you can see how it affects my mind. Everyone's experience may be different, and some have "silent" Celiac with no symptoms, especially men. There's no such thing as "a little" gluten for someone with Celiac. The disease is either triggered or it isn't.
Ketogenic Diet SeriesI have a series on the Ketogenic Diet in case someone is thinking of trying it. It was the first diet that really helped me to feel better, before I knew Celiac was the bigger problem.
It's advisable to wait until after your first year of gluten free to begin the Keto diet or any other restrictive diet. A Celiac's body has a hard time absorbing nutrition from food, so any unnecessary restriction should be avoided, it's common sense. If you're allergic to milk or eggs, it will be difficult to follow a keto diet, but not impossible. Do what's right for you.
Healthy Diets You Might TryLooking for some Healthy Diets to upgrade your nutrition? Has it been more than a year since you became gluten free, and now you're ready to tackle something more complex? Need to lose weight or gain it? Do you have a neurological illness that may benefit from a keto diet? Or are you curious how a Paleo diet works? Here's my guide to various healthy diets that are popular right now, with my usual insight and opinions.
Resources on subjects I haven't covered:
Cleaning your kitchen to remove gluten residues that can cross contaminate. To be honest NONE of the guides on this subject go far enough. For instance, few if any mention you need to clean out your dishwasher, the filter, and the spinner (which often can be removed and taken apart for cleaning). Too many will say "you don't have to get rid of X, unless X is scratched." Which was the reason I didn't throw away my old tupperware until several months later when I traced the CC to the plastic-ware. When in doubt, clean it out.
Social Isolation in Celiac Disease can be painful. You're constantly telling people "no I can't eat just the salad" "no I can't just eat the icing from the cake" "no I can't eat at a restaurant that may cross contaminate" etc. They feel rejected and defensive and you feel disrespected and frustrated. Insensitive people even make fun of food sensitivities, and my life is already hard enough without schooling them too. So the best solution for me, is to avidly support those businesses that I know are safe, and especially those who maintain a fully gluten free kitchen. I invite my friends to go there with me, instead of try to find something acceptable in a random restaurant. And don't forget to invite people to your home for a gluten free pizza party and a movie. Much safer and more fun! Be sure to put effort into maintaining social contacts after diagnosis.