We think that it’s difficult if not impossible to give up gluten-containing foods overnight—especially if you don’t know where gluten’s hiding. So we’re going to give you the basics you need to get started on the Gluten-Free Challenge:1. A list of foods that contain gluten so you can avoid them, see the PDF, below.
It might take a day or two (or longer) to go through your fridge and kitchen cupboards and identifying foods that contain gluten. Before you get rid of food items, make sure you visit a gluten-free section of your supermarket or natural foods store and stock up on some substitutes. Though many of these aren’t necessarily the healthiest choices (cakes, cookies, pizza, cereals, crackers, snacks), it’s good to have something on hand while you transition.
PDF Foods To Avoid: Therapy Soup’s Gluten List
2. Several gluten-free menu suggestions, which will be in the next post.
For now, stock up on some gluten-free snacks while you transition. Also, purchase fresh fish, meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans, lentils), fresh veggies and fruit, unflavored, natural nuts and seeds, extra virgin olive oil, good quality butter, virgin coconut oil. Also, now’s a good time to try quinoa, kasha, brown rice, and millet, if you haven’t yet. There are many excellent recipes for these grains on the Internet. You can also try gluten-free pastas (such as brown rice or corn and quinoa pasta), and some gluten-free pasta sauces.
3. Suggestions for how you can keep track of what you’re eating and what kinds of symptoms might be present or lessened. (We’re also going to discuss how gluten might exacerbate symptoms of anxiety and depression).
Note: Here are a few other posts discussing (or mentioning) gluten and mental health:
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Last reviewed: 18 Nov 2012