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Make the switch to Gluten Free

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Tips for Making the Switch to a Gluten-Free Life

There are many benefits to switching to a gluten-free diet, from weight loss to alleviating the symptoms of celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, and even helping to reduce the symptoms of ADHD. If you’re considering making the switch, you’ve probably been overwhelmed by the realization that gluten is in practically everything in your diet. Today going gluten-free is easier than ever, especially if you know a few tricks of the trade.

Make Food Labels Your Friend

There are so many foods that contain gluten that it can be a bit of a shock for people who decide to go gluten-free. From ketchup to soy sauce, and even ice cream, gluten-containing foods aren’t always what you’d expect. That’s why reading food labels is a must in a gluten-free diet.

Because some brands of certain products, like ketchup, contain gluten while other brands do not, there is no way to simply exclude foods by category. You could, but then you’d risk missing out on indulging in something delicious.

Know Where to Find Gluten-Free Foods

The idea of a gluten-free diet wasn’t a concept widely known until a few years ago, but suddenly

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it seems everyone is going gluten-free. Buying gluten-free products once meant a trip to an off-the-beaten-path specialty health food shop. Today you’ll find many gluten-free products at your local grocery store thanks to brands like Betty Crocker and Bisquick, which offer gluten-free alternatives to some of their most popular products.

Get a Bread Machine

At one time, gluten-free breads weren’t all that fabulous. Some might say a gluten-free hamburger bun was akin to eating a hockey puck. That’s changed dramatically for the better. There are some fantastic bakers who can do incredible things with gluten-free cookies, cupcakes, breads, and more. Find one local to you and make them your new BFF.

For all those daily occasions, a bread machine will become your go-to appliance. There are thousands of gluten-free bread recipes to be found online, or you can score a gluten-free cookbook at your local book store.

Pay Attention to Your Health in All Areas

Switching to a gluten-free lifestyle might initially seem all-consuming. You have to get used to identifying gluten-containing foods, figure out where the best restaurants are that offer gluten-free options, and hone your culinary skills to put that shiny new bread machine to use. But be mindful of maintaining healthy habits in every area of your life.

If weight loss is your primary motivator for adopting a gluten-free lifestyle, exercise is a great supplement to your new diet that will help you shed the pounds quickly.

Not a big fan of high-impact exercise? Think about ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Like taking your dog for a daily walk (and reap the other health benefits of dog ownership while you’re at it) or making it a habit to take the stairs instead of the elevator.  Swimming is also a great way to get a good workout while avoiding extra stress on your joints. In fact, swimming is one of the most effective ways to strengthen your body, boost your self-esteem, and build your energy levels.

Going gluten-free can be one of the most beneficial things you can do for your overall health and well-being. These tips will help you transition into your new lifestyle while maintaining and improving your health in every area.

Jennifer McGregor has wanted to be a doctor since she was little. Now, as a pre-med student, she’s well on her way to achieving that dream. She helped create PublicHealthLibrary.org with a friend as part of a class project. With it, she hopes to provide access to trustworthy health and medical resources. When Jennifer isn’t working on the site, you can usually find her hitting the books in the campus library or spending some downtime with her dog at the local park.

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Celiac Awareness Month 2012: KISS it, and then Spread the Bread

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Celiac Awareness Month 2012: KISS it…

and Spread the Bread

But, the good folks over at the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness were way more on the ball than me, thank goodness.  I’ve done some work with them in the past, and they are always doing stellar work for the celiac and gluten free communities.

National Celiac Awareness Month is here, and what celebration would be complete without a blogger campaign? This year, the NFCA rounded up 16 bloggers for a series chronicling every stage of the gluten-free journey, from Day 1 basics to advanced cooking and advocacy.

In keeping with this year’s theme, Keep It Simple and Safe, each blogger is offering 5 key tips or lessons related to that day’s topic.

Weekly Focus

  • Monday – Cooking/Baking Gluten-Free
  • Tuesday – Nutrition/Wellness
  • Wednesday – Raising a Gluten-Free Kid
  • Thursday – Dining Out Gluten-Free
  • Friday – NFCA Resources You Should Know About

Schedule and Guest Bloggers

Week 1: Just Diagnosed (April 30-May 4)

Week 2: Getting the Hang of It (May 7-11)

  • Shauna Ahern of Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef – How to cook and bake gluten-free from scratch
  • Erin Elberson of Gluten-Free FitnessWeight gain and gluten-free processed foods
  • Heidi Kelly of Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom – Talking to family & friends about your child’s gluten-free needs
  • Chandice Probst of Gluten-Free Frenzy – Trying new gluten-free dishes when dining out
  • NFCA – Free Webinars: The easiest way to get new information

Week 3: Hitting a Roadblock (May 14-18)

  • Diane Eblin of The WHOLE Gang – 5 tips to get out of a food rut
  • Alisa Fleming of Go Dairy Free  – First gluten-free, now lactose intolerant? 5 tips to becoming a dairy-free diva
  • Michael De Cicco-Butz of Gluten-Free Mike – Traveling while gluten-free
  • NFCA – 5 resources to handle life’s hurdles

Week 4: What’s Next? (May 21-25)

  • Amie Valpone of The Healthy Apple – Publishing your gluten-free recipes
  • EA Stewart of The Spicy RD – Healthy gluten-free foods you’ve never heard of
  • Katie Chalmers of G-Free Kid – 5 tips to empower gluten-free kids
  • Carrie Forbes of Ginger Lemon Girl – Starting a gluten-free dining group
  • NFCA – Ready to fundraise? Here’s how to start

My post is titled “5 Tips to Avoid the Pitfalls of Processed Gluten Free Food and Weight Gain.”  Check it out and share!  It’s something we’ve all been though at some point.

Also for Celiac Awareness Month, Rudi’s Gluten Free is offering their “Spread the Bread” campaign and donating $$ to the celiac organization of your choice.  I recommend the NFCA, but all the organizations are doing fantastic work and your donations will be well spent.  They are going to give up to $30,000 back to the amazing organizations making a difference in our community.

Through the rest of May, fans of Rudi’s Gluten-Free on Facebook will be able to select one of four celiac organizations (Celiac Disease Foundation, Celiac Sprue Association, Gluten Intolerance Group and National Foundation for Celiac Awareness) to receive a $1 donation from Rudi’s Gluten-Free and will then be able to download a $1 off coupon for any Rudi’s Gluten-Free product. It’s as simple as, “Get a Dollar. Give a Dollar.”  It’s a win/win!  I almost always have a loaf of Rudi’s Multi Grain Bread in my freezer.

For more info, you’ll want to check out Gluten Free and Fit 101, where I’ve compiled posts that I think would be most helpful to those starting on a gluten free diet, or those who have been eating gluten free, but are ready to kick up their nutritional know how and health status to the next level.

If you’re tired of searching around for information and want a step by step system for living a healthier gluten free life, then check out my “7 Quick Start Tips for Living a Healthy Gluten Free Fit Life.”

So there you go.  Happy Celiac Awareness Month!  Go spread some knowledge bombs and spread the bread as well.