With May being Celiac Awareness Month and an estimated 6–7% of the US experiencing gluten sensitivity, here's a dozen tips to simplify gluten-free living
Six years ago, my daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease. What started with frustration and sticker shock resulted in the ultimate reward. Within a week of switching to a gluten-free diet, my daughter transformed from a clingy little monster to a vivacious comedian. Eating a strict gluten-free diet is the only remedy for those living with celiac disease. As a mom on a budget who must protect her daughter from a mere bread crumb, I know what I’m doing when it comes to eating gluten-free. Sticking to a completely gluten-free regimen can be tough for a variety of reasons: high cost, reading labels, never-ending cooking, and avoiding cross-contamination. After years of living every day as a gluten-free family, here’s my advice on how to make gluten-free eating as hassle-free and healthy as possible.
1. Eat mostly whole foods and don’t rely on processed gluten-free items to fill your diet. Most pre-packaged gluten-free foods are made with refined carbohydrates that lack fiber. Choosing whole foods and paying attention to eating the recommended 25 to 35 grams of fiber daily helps maintain a healthy gut, heart, and weight. Some of the best sources of fiber include berries, pears, avocados, beans, and seeds.
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