When it comes to cooking and eating with Celiac Disease, it seems there are so many rules. There are a few rules to learn, it is true, but there are also many choices. People with Celiac Disease are often surprised by the great variety of food (including gluten-free ingredient substitutions, of course) that can be safely eaten. The following are some ideas for empowering ways to cooking with Celiac Disease:
Use a Food Journal
As a starting point, just get in the habit of using a food journal. This can be a diary of any type, and in it record recipe successes and failures. A Celiac Disease food journal is important because there is now a vast array of gluten-free products and ingredients. It is useful to have a place to write down different product names so you don’t become confused. If the journal has side pockets, all the better. Simply place the empty product package in the journal so as not to forget which product was used.
Get a Gluten Free Cookbook
Select a simple gluten-free cookbook to begin with. There are a bunch of these on the market today, so just pick an appealing one to begin with. Over time, this one book will likely become an entire library of Celiac Disease cookbooks. Cooking is not hard, it is fun. There will be some dishes that don’t taste good, but over time there will be more successes than failures. The main thing is to persevere until some food that suits the palate and lifestyle are discovered.
Join Gluten Free Companies Mailing Lists
All the companies that present gluten-free products have mailing lists. Join these to receive special coupons and be among the first to know when there are new products. Far from being junk mail, these emails can help develop a satisfying diet because there will be exciting new products. Sometimes the companies will even give out recipe information.
Eat Naturally Gluten-Free Foods
There are a surprising number of naturally gluten-free foods. Many of these are quite healthy. For instance, fruit and vegetables are naturally gluten-free. Many meats are as well, although it depends on how they package them. Always read labels. Reading labels is a “must.”
The above are some ways to begin an empowering Celiac Disease diet. Use a food journal. Get a special gluten-free cookbook and begin to build a library of gluten-free information. Always connect with the gluten-free Celiac Disease companies and get on the proper mailing lists. Finally, begin by eating naturally gluten-free foods such as fruit and vegetables to win over Celiac Disease.
Bronski, K. (2009) Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking. New York, NY: The Experiment Publishers.