Take Time to Adjust

It’s day seven of the 10 Days of Gluten Free blog hop!  I am covering topics related to getting started on the gluten free diet.  Be sure to visit the other participating blogs listed at the end of this post.  Each one is covering a different gluten-free topic and has a great giveaway you can enter.

Take Time to Adjust

Getting started with the gluten-free diet can be overwhelming.  It’s like learning a new language.  You need to give yourself time to adjust—time to learn.  You may also need to give your body time to heal.

Start with Naturally Gluten-Free Foods

Don’t immediately try to replace foods.  Starting out with naturally gluten-free foods such as fruit, vegetables, plain meats, rice, and legumes will be healthier and easier.

Plan your meals for the first couple of weeks based on naturally gluten-free foods.  Then you can focus on learning the ropes without being concerned about what you are going to eat.

A few meal ideas include:

  • omelets
  • salads
  • meat and potato meals
  • beans and rice
  • smoothies

Take a Break from Baked Foods

There are a couple of reasons for taking a break from breads, crackers, cookies, and other baked foods as well as pasta.  First, your body likely can use the break.  Those foods are not usually the healthiest and your body likely needs to heal right now.

The other reason is that gluten-free substitutes have a different taste and texture.  They can still be good, but it is easier if the comparison is not so fresh.  Let your taste buds take a break.

Give yourself time.  You will figure things out.  Don’t be overwhelmed.  There is plenty of help available for you.



Shelley Case is giving away a copy of her book Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide.  The title is an appropriate description.  This book would be useful to anyone on a gluten-free diet.

Giveaway Guidelines

  • This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents 18 and older.
  • You are allowed one entry per “10 Days of Gluten Free” blog post for a total of 10 entries on this blog.
  • Enter by leaving a comment on this post (and other 10 Days of GF posts)
  • The giveaway begins May 7, 2012 and ends at 11:59 pm eastern time on May 18, 2012.

No purchase is necessary.  Odds of winning are based on the number of entries.  The winner will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen.

10 Days of Gluten Free Continues:

These bloggers have great tips and ideas to share with you.  Please stop by and remember to enter the giveaways.


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  1. Vicky says

    When I first was told I had CD I had to learn everything from the computer. The Dr’s didn’t tell me much. I didn’t know malt was made from barley because I eat lots of real Rice Krispies bars and candy. I wasn’t a salad,veggies and fruit gal. It took me about 1 year to fully understand what was safe and free of gluten.

  2. Cindy says

    I’ve found that eating mostly whole foods makes me feel better and, as you said, it’s just easier because you know what you can eat.

  3. says

    What many people have not realized yet is that gluten can affect you in so many ways. Often if you have no stomach/GI effects, you may miss the diagnosis of gluten sensitivity. The GF lifestyle can make such a positive difference!

  4. Deanna says

    I had researched enough prior to my diagnosis that it helped going cold turkey gluten free. I also stuck with whole foods and all natural things. I was already a healthy eater and that made it easier to adapt. I stuck with fruits, veggies, fish, etc. I really adapted fast and easier that way. I’m glad I had some knowledge, because my doctor didn’t give me any info.

  5. Susan says

    These are good tips and I wish I had known these steps when my doctor told me to avoid gluten for the rest of my life. But the way I did it worked for me – I have been a baker for over 30 years and I very quickly adapted to the GF baking way. Of course, not every thing I made was good – some of the things I baked could have substituted for hockey pucks! I’ve now been baking GF over 2 years and I have confidence when I reach for the spoon and bowl. I have also acquired a lot of GF books!

    • Susan says

      To modify my post – those books have helped me to live GF – but there’s always room for another book like the one being offered by Linda – you can never have too much knowledge!

  6. Lynn says

    Before diagnosis I eliminated breads/bakery goods as I found they added to my symptoms so it was a little easier for me as I had already given up a large chunk of gf.

  7. says

    Good tips Linda! I think many of us tend to panic early on and can’t even begin to think about what we can still eat. The sooner you can figure out the fresh, whole foods thing I think the easier it is.

  8. says

    I have been gluten free for 2 months, but just received a positive Celiac Panel blood test today.
    You are so right about starting with naturally gluten free foods first, and staying away from anything packaged. It has certainly made my switch smoother.

  9. Natalie says

    I have only been diagnosed for about 2 months. I wish I had had these tips in the beginning, as I immediately tried to make the less healthy substitutions and haven’t faired as well as I might. Thanks for the tips! I am learning so much from this blog hop.

  10. Bonnie says

    I wish I’d had these ideas sooner when my daughters were first diagnosed. Thanks for your ideas.

  11. ashley c says

    Thank you so much for all this great info. I’m 3 months in and trying. To not get overwhelmed.

  12. says

    I do think this is the best way, and I still try to limit gluten free substitute items like breads and crackers. I think it is a healthier way to eat but I do sometimes want a sandwich!

  13. Pat says

    Yes, it is so over whelming when you are first diagnosed, and the Drs. are absolutely no help. So staying whole foods until you can get it mastered is a good idea.

  14. Betsy M says

    I have been gf for about 2 yrs but my daughter is newly diagnosed so I am working on explaining everything to a 8 yr old and trying to keep her life as “normal” as possible.

  15. Curvy Christina in Colorado says

    Hi there, so I have started eating and searching for gluten free foods. I am definitely trying to live off of naturally g-free foods, but I certainly can’t wait until I have enough knowledge, and enough on-hand ingredients so I can cook g-free for every meal! All I need is a good book like this so I hope you guys pick me!
    My sister was diagnosed as Celiacs disease years ago when she was my age (24) and thinks that I may be too. I have noticed feeling mildly sick when I eat certain foods, but since I have no health insurance I an not sure if I am intolerant or sensitive…
    My sister recently found out she has Hoshimotos disease as well, and so I have decided to be proactive and start eating right NOW, as well as making time for me to change mentally and physically this year. I am currently getting my general ed classes done, so I can someday get into a doctorate of pharmacy program. I just hope my health improves so I can work through the stress of the college life and living on student loans!
    Anyways, I love what your doing and I love your blog. I tried to subcribe so hopefully it went through. <3

  16. Caitlin says

    I’ve been on this diet for three years and I’m currently on ‘listening to my body’. It’s really hard to learn that there are other things that I can’t eat, not just gluten. Such as dairy. Which I’m currently working on getting out of my diet. But sticking to the basics, such as fruits and vegetables and basic grains help because you know what you are eating and it’s easier to tell if something didn’t agree with you.

  17. Patty says

    I tried to be gluten-free about 1/2 year ago. I wasn’t successful, mostly because I have very little energy (chronic fatigue) and by the end of the day fixing my own meals just isn’t usually an option. I’m looking for any tips on getting back on track. I was not diagnosed with Celiacs, but a doctor suggested trying gluten-free as it might help with my health.

  18. says

    Excellent advice! Wish I had known this when I started eating gluten-free. I tried to immediately switch and bleh! It took about 3 months for me to get the “memory” of gluten containing foods out of my head. Then, I was ready to try gluten-free varieties of pasta, bread, pizza and more.

    Now, I rely heavily on recommendations of others. Trying foods without a recommendation can be a costly experiment.

  19. Wendi S says

    Great advice! My mom just found out that she has celiac and she has no clue where to start.

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