More and more people in North America consider a Gluten Free diet. Some by choice, others because they have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance. No matter if by choice or because it’s become a necessity, the transition to a Gluten Free lifestyle can be tricky and isn’t always easy. We are here to talk about the challenge of living gluten free.
In the video below I interviewed Nutritionist, Dietary Consultant and Author of the book “Finally… Food I Can Eat “, and creator of the “21 Day Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free Challenge”, Shirley Plant. Diagnosed with Celiac Disease some years back the transition to a new diet hasn’t been easy for Shirley either, but with time she has found the tools to make Gluten Free living and eating just as easy and joyful as any lifestyle should be.
In this video Shirley answers questions about what some symptoms of Gluten Intolerance may be, in which foods and behind what names Gluten can hide, and she gives tips on how to make the transition easier and lasting.
Tips to make a GF lifestyle happen for you: The Challenge Of Living Gluten Free
- When you make the transition, commit to it. Get your whole household involved, they will benefit from this way of eating just as much as you will.
- Commit to a period of time, Shirley suggests six months, to really see a difference in how you feel.
- Go through your cupboards and pantry and replace all your glutinous foods with gluten free options you like and enjoy. That way you always have quick access to the foods you like.
- Stock up on lost of fruits, nuts and seeds so you’ll ways have a quick go to snack at hand.
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For more info and to get off to a successful GF Way Of Life of life, take Shirley’s 21 Day Gluten Free, Lactose Free and Sugar Free Challenge.
Both Shirley and myself will be answering any questions you may have about gluten free living in the comments below, so make sure you post your questions.
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Shirley Plant, Nutritionist and Dietary Designer
Shirley is the food editor for General Store Publishing House and the author of Finally… Food I Can Eat—an inspirational dietary guide and cookbook for people affected by food allergies and intolerances. She is recognized in the Ottawa area as a menu-planning expert through her company Delicious Alternatives and has also written articles for Eco- Sense, the Celiac News, Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Life blog and MindBodyGreen. Shirley has given seminars on food allergies, cooking and menu planning at the Ottawa Environmental Health Clinic and Rainbow Natural Foods.
As a nutritionist and dietary designer, Shirley offers her clients and their families a rare understanding and unique expertise that few people can match.
You can find Shirley’s work at DeliciousAlternatives.com