This is a partnered post. This post is my own personal anecdote and not intended as medical advice. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary changes.
Gluten free eating has gone from being a niche market to a very mainstream idea. One of my first introductions to gluten free eating was a couple of years ago when I attended the Fitbloggin’ conference in Portland. One of the sessions was hosted by The Bachelor star Tenley Molzahn, who shared her personal health struggles and how switching to a gluten free diet had made a huge difference in how she felt. I learned a bit about what being gluten free entails, and it’s a lot of work initially. There is so much to learn that it can be really overwhelming, as I’ve seen first hand from my friends who’ve had to adjust their diets to eliminate gluten.
So how do you know what you can and can’t eat? Is ice cream safe? What about granola? Is rice gluten free? The answers can be complicated. For example, rice can be glutinous yet still gluten free, but only bulk rice – pre-packaged rice can still contain gluten. Are you confused yet?!?
Fortunately, there are resources out there. After you’ve spoken with your doctor, you can look up recipes from resources online such as The Trim Down Club, which has some helpful “Gluten Free 101” style articles that explain some of the basics of gluten free eating. This is helpful for me – while I am fortunate not to have issues with what I eat, I always like to be aware of any dietary needs that my dinner guests may have. The next time I have a gluten-free friend over, I can check out Trim Down Club for some tasty GF dessert recipes that everyone can enjoy!
Do you follow a gluten free diet?