Five Benefits To Going Gluten-Free

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Five Benefits To Going Gluten-Free

As someone diagnosed with celiac disease, going gluten-free was not a choice – it was a necessity. From the moment I heard the diagnosis of celiac disease from my doctor, I have not knowingly ingested gluten. Yes, it is a challenge sometimes, but I’ve been doing this long enough to know there are benefits to living the gluten-free good life! Here are my my top five: 

  1. You will feel better! If you have been diagnosed with celiac disease, chances are you have had some unexplained symptoms for awhile. There are so many symptoms that celiac can cause – see the list from the Celiac Disease Foundation. I am one of the many who have silent celiac, which means I didn’t have noticeable symptoms. But within one week of going gluten-free, I was sleeping much better and I had noticeably more energy. Some people experience relief from migraines, digestve issues, joint inflammation, and more.
  2. You get to choose the restaurant when dining out! Yes, going to a restaurant presents some challenges. However, there are several chain restaurants that are noted for having gluten-free menu items and working to limit the risk of cross-contamination. Also, you may find local restaurants that will accomodate your dietary needs. A good resource for scoping out restaurants is the app Find Me Gluten Free. Read my review of the app here. If you have supportive family and friends, you will find you get to pick the restaurant when dining out, based on your needs. Thanks to the app, we  have tried many new restaurants that my entire family really enjoys.
  3. You will discover new favorite foods! It is easy to get caught up in thinking about what you can’t have, especially at first. But I have found many new foods that I really enjoy. For example, Nothing Bundt Cake’s gluten-free chocolate chip cake is delicious and The Cheesecake Factory’s sweet corn tamale cakes topped with sour cream, avocado, and salsa verde are quite tasty, too.  (Yes, I really like cake – even the savory kind). 
  4. You get to go shopping! This is an excuse to buy some new pans, accessories, and a toaster! For people with celiac disease, the issue of cross-contamination is quite serious. The National Celiac Association has some great tips for converting your kitchen to a gluten-free one including having a separate toaster and wooden cutting boards/utensils for your gluten-free food.
  5. You may find that you enjoy cooking. I was someone who really didn’t enjoy preparing meals at home; ordering takeout from Door Dash was more my style. However, let’s be real: your options are more limited when you go gluten-free. There are so many resources for gluten-free recipes (and easy ways to make your favorite recipes using gluten-free ingredients) that you may find you enjoy making your own food at home.
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