I haven’t stopped eating gluten, and I probably never will. I don’t have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity (as far as I know), and, I like my bread.

Still, since starting Your Body, Your Mind and learning more about Psych Central Associate Editor Jessica Digiacinto’s gluten-free diet (The Gluten-Free Diet, The *BEST* Gluten-Free Bread, and Healthy, Vegan, Gluten-Free Chia Seed Pudding), I’ve been more interested in at least cutting back on gluten.

After all, cutting back on gluten will also mean cutting back on breads and pastas that can cause bloating, and sweets like cakes and cookies.

The problem is, I don’t know a whole lot about gluten-free diets. I don’t even know a whole lot about gluten itself.

A friend of mine who’s had some success managing Crohn’s disease symptoms by cutting a lot of gluten from his diet shared this WebMD Gluten-Free Diet Slideshow the other day, and although the piece isn’t a one-stop shop to the gluten-free diet, it does provide some helpful information to get you pointed int the right direction, such as:

  • You can’t eat bread as you know it, but there are gluten-free bread alternatives.
  • Cakes, cookies, and other related sweet treats are out, but you can eat sweets like hard candies, marshmallows, and gum drops.
  • Traditional beer is out, but you can still raise your glass with most wines and liquors.
  • Rice- and potato-based foods will replace a lot of your everyday staples.
  • Going gluten-free is a big change. Do some research, stock up on a little patience and willpower, and be prepared to give yourself some pep talks before you get started.

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How many of you eat a gluten-free diet? What tips or questions do you have?