If you or your children have been diagnosed as having the celiac disease you will need to move to a Gluten Free Lifestyle. Here are some simple tips for a gluten free lifestyle
What is gluten?
Gluten is essentially the protein contained in wheat, barley and rye. It is not one protein but a group of many proteins collectively called gluten. The problem with gluten for celiacs is one of its components: gliadins. Gliadins trigger an immune response in celiac patients that brings all the known symptoms of the disease: abdominal pain, vomits, diarrhea, and if undiagnosed malnutrition, weight loss, and limited growth in children.
Simple Tips for a Gluten Free Lifestyle
Eliminate from your diet grains that contain gluten. Wheat, Barley, and Rye should be out of your diet immediately after being diagnosed as a celiac. Cereals that do not contain gluten are safe to eat. There should be no problem to eat rice, oats, corn, quinoa, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, and wild rice. However, keep in mind that any of these cereals could be contaminated with wheat, barley or rye. So, you should try to buy certified gluten-free products.
Purchase fresh corn instead of processed corn. If you buy corn on the comb you are sure you are buying a gluten free product. But if you buy a canned corn or even dry corn (in a bag) you are not sure if it is gluten free product since traces of wheat barley or rye (that may grow with corn) can be present in such processed products.
On the supermarket go to the Gluten Free Products section. Big supermarket chains have specific sections for gluten free products. Food technology has made possible to produce many gluten free products that are displayed on these special aisles in supermarkets. You will find pastas, cookies, breads, pizzas, etc made with ingredients that are certified to be free of gluten. You will need to visit this section frequently if you are a celiac.
You will need to start cooking at home you gluten free meals.Changing to a free gluten lifestyle is challenging but is possible. There are many gluten recipes on the web or books you can buy on gluten free cooking. The gluten-free-girl is an excellent source on cooking gluten free recipes. Gluten-a-go-go is also great in this regard.
Be aware of non-food items that may contain gluten.Medications, lipstick and lip balms, vitamins, toothpaste, may contain gluten since gluten is a binding agent used in the manufacture of these and many other non-food products.