We’re all looking for hacks to lose weight. If done right, cutting out gluten is a great way to maintain weight loss and lose weight. Just like going vegan or vegetarian the best recipes aren’t the ones you try to recreate what you used to eat with gluten-free substitutes. We all know someone who is either vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free, but overweight. It’s puzzling, but no matter your diet anyone who eats too much bread, potatoes, or pasta will gain weight. As I wrote, too much, the key is moderation and reading ingredients. It’s important when you commit to a new diet you explore your options and don’t lean on bread and pasta. The easiest dinners to make are the quickest paths weight gain.

What is gluten free?

I’m actually allergic to gluten. Not everyone knows what that means. A lot of people think they know, but just to clarify. Gluten free doesn’t mean eggs or dairy allergies.

Gluten free means I’m unable to digest gluten-containing food. When celiac or gluten intolerant people eat gluten, symptoms include: feeling completely drained, anemic, ADHD, abdominal pain, vomiting stomach acid, bloated, diarrhea, constipation, brain fog, skin issues-hives, and worst of all it prevents the body from absorbing nutrients. I’ve gone to the doctors so many times for these issues, but doctors don’t know how to treat it. You simply have to wait for the symptoms to pass. Eating can feel pointless when the cilia, that usually absorb the nutrients, have been destroyed by your immune system. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease. This means the body gets confused and attacks itself, rather than protecting itself. It can take a month for the body to get back to normal after an episode or longer. Similar to a tummy bug, a liquid diet is best at this time.

In the beginning, it’s hard to accept you can’t have certain foods, but over time it gets easier. After all, you’re no longer sick. The new energy you feel is worth the sacrifice. Plus seeing your love handles disappear. It’s easy to get confused and think paleo means gluten free. Paleo diet is gluten free, but more restrictive. On the paleo diet, you cannot have certain oils, dairy, gluten or legumes. Eating all of these in excess can cause weight gain, again, it’s moderation.

If you find getting rid of gluten makes you feel a lot better, but still feeling a bit sluggish try to take out dairy too.

How to order at a restaurant

  • Ask if the dressing is premade. If it is made in-house make sure there is no flour or soy sauce.
  • Careful of sauces and gravies at restaurants. Look for cornstarch based.
  • Sushi- make sure no crunch or eel sauce on sushi. Ask for gluten free soy sauce.
  • Ask for gluten free pasta or spaghetti squash or substitute with veggies.
  • Salads- make sure there are no croutons or wontons. If there are tortilla chips makes sure they are corn based.
  • Stay away from anything fried or cooked in beer.
  • Ask if flour tortillas. Substitute corn tortillas.
  • Dessert- opt for fruit.
  • Some restaurants make eggs fluffy with pancake batter.

Things you wouldn’t think of have gluten. Just read labels or ask if not specified:

  • soy sauce
  • deli meats
  • imitated crab meat
  • curry powder
  • barbeque sauce
  • pickles
  • soups and sauces
  • oats and oatmeal
  • licorice and chewy candies
  • premade salad dressings
  • gum and candy
  • fried foods
  • ice cream
  • hot dogs
  • multivitamins
  • medications
  • Worcestershire sauce.
  • Shampoo
  • Lotions
  • Anything malted
  • Barley
  • Rye
  • Triticale
  • Wheat Starch
  • Brewer’s Yeast
  • Durum
  • Vegetarian imitation meats
  • Preseason meats
  • Starch or dextrin
  • Self-basting poultry
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Communion wafers
  • Lipstick, lip balm, and lip gloss
  • Herbal or nutritional supplements
  • Playdough

Gluten free restaurants apps

Eating out is difficult when you have diet restrictions, but it’s just a mindset. There are always options. Download these apps to help you out!

  • AllergyEats Mobile
  • Dine Gluten Free
  • Find Me Gluten Free
  • iCanEat Out Gluten Free and Allergy Free
  • iEat Out Gluten Free and Allergy Free

Traveling on a Gluten Free Diet?

You can order a card translated in the language from where you are going. You can get a card from celiactravel.com.

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