You have just discovered that you cannot have any gluten in your diet. At first, you may not fully understand what gluten is and what foods have it. On the most basic level, grains such as wheat and related grains all have gluten. Rye and barley are in the lead along with wheat, so you will first need to avoid eating those grains. Ask a nutritionist specializing in gluten digestion issues about what all the grains are that have gluten.
Though it all may seem as simple as grains, it isn’t. There are plenty of other foods and even some beverages you will need to avoid in order to eradicate all of the symptoms you will get when you are allergic to wheat and the gluten protein found therein. Is this starting to seem like a lot of work? More work than you want to put into it?
Don’t think that way. Though your symptoms may be minimal at best, with some bloating, gas, cramps, and other painful, uncomfortable digestive changes, gluten intolerance can actually become a more serious condition. However, you will probably never get rid of the problem. Any dietary changes you make will most likely need to be continued for the rest of your life.
At first, this will seem impossible. You love the bread and the cereals are great. The cookies and cakes are even better. Basically, they are slowly causing disease in your body and that is not good. Don’t worry. There are now plenty of substitutes available and they taste great! First, you substitute grains like rice, corn, oats, millet, and quinoa for wheat. That is on the most basic level.
Then you will find great gluten-free packaged foods at the market. There are breads, cookies, cakes, cereals, and all you could think of. While you might think these things would not taste as good as wheat versions do, you will indeed be surprised. There are even gluten-free pancakes so you really have no good excuse to continue a life with the allergic reactions to gluten found in grains.
Now you have a few tips on how to lead a gluten-free lifestyle and get healthier faster. Remember, just a basic intolerance to gluten will usually lead to more severe problems. It is not worth the risk.