Are you feeling confused by all the “gluten-free” labels popping up on everything from cereal boxes to sandwich meat? Do you think celiac disease is an allergy to gluten? Are you unsure whether it’s all a big hoax or maybe just a new celebrity fad diet? Unsure what gluten even is? Well, my friend, this informative yet entertaining little video is just what you need!
I kind of wish he would’ve gone into a bit more detail about what it feels like to get glutened when you have celiac disease: I end up in bed for a couple of days, miss work and school, and have the worse stomach pains I’ve ever had in my life. And it takes a good week before I can eat normally again (I have to eat super soft gentle foods) and about two weeks (sometimes closer to three) before my stomach completely stops hurting after eating or drinking (water is the worse, it hurts so much). And all of that drama and pain can happen if I were to just pick croutons out of my salad.
But I suppose going into all of that would’ve made for a much longer video. Check it out. And let me know what you think.
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So, you’ve just been diagnosed with celiac disease or you’re starting an elimination diet to determine the future state of your relationship with gluten. You’re feeling overwhelmed and unsure of where to go from here. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed because learning to be gluten-free—thinking about what’s in everything you eat, reading ingredient labels—is more than a diet, it’s a completely new skill.
The very first step to getting you on the road to recovery is learning which ingredients and foods to avoid and then clearing out all the gluten from your life. I’m not a medical or dietary professional, but thanks to my many food foes I have a lot of experience reading ingredient labels and looking things up. While this isn’t a list of absolutely everything that contains gluten, hopefully it’ll help you identify some of the main food foes in your life and give you a better idea of what to watch out for.
Here’s what to do: Print out the lists of ingredients and foods to avoid before going to the grocery store (if you try to keep track of it all in your head at first you’ll likely forget something). Then, before you put anything in your cart, flip over the package/box/can and carefully look over the list of ingredients. Don’t assume anything (not even something like processed meat or tea) is gluten-free without first checking.
Ingredients to Avoid:
Wheat flour (yes, this includes white bread)
Whole wheat flour
Oats (due to cross-contamination, unless it specifically says it’s gluten-free)
Spelt (Only an option if you’re wheat-free and not gluten-free)
Hydrolyzed wheat protein
Malt-Vinegar (flavoring, syrup, and extract)
Wheat germ or bran
Hordeum vulgare extract
Hydrolyzed wheat gluten
Hydrolyzed wheat protein
MSG (can be made with wheat gluten, but I honestly don’t know enough to tell if it’s safe so I just avoid it)
Artificial coloring (sometimes it’s safe, sometimes it’s not)
Carmel coloring (I’ve heard a lot of different thoughts on this, so I try to always avoid it just to be safe)
Foods to Avoid:
Baked goods that use a non-gluten-free flour (hamburger buns, cakes, bread, most corn bread, donuts)