Wednesday, July 17, 2013

How to Get Started on a Wheat Free Diet

Eliminating wheat from your diet is one of the easiest things you can do to improve your health. Wheat and wheat-based products are a major contributor to all kinds of health issues including inflammatory diseases, allergies, lowered immune response and more.



    Go through your pantry and cupboards, and read food labels. You'll be surprised at how many products include wheat and wheat flour, particularly packaged and processed foods. Get rid of everything in your house that contains wheat. Donate unopened items to your local food pantry.


    Take a trip to the grocery store, but don't buy anything. Spend some time educating yourself about labels. This will be an eye-opening experience. Look at gravies, processed and packaged foods, canned foods, and cereals. Take note of what you won't be buying anymore. Now look in your organic or health food section. Again, read labels. Find alternatives that you might want to try.


    Realize that you'll have to give up all traditional baked goods such as bread, cookies, cakes, pastries and some cereals. You'll have to buy rice pasta, corn pasta, lentil, or other grain or legume-based pasta. Not to worry, though, there are tons of delicious alternatives for all of those.


    Choose brown rice pasta or lentil pasta. The wheat-free choices for breads are varied, and many of them are not great for sandwich making. If you can find millet bread, this is your best choice for sandwiches. Many health food stores will carry this.


    Take note of how you feel 1 week after switching to a wheat-free diet. Take note again after 2 weeks. Do this each week for up to a month or two. You will be amazed at the results and how much better you feel.


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