Getting started with a gluten free diet can be tough. There is such a steep learning curve and it may feel like a daunting challenge when you are newly diagnosed. The main thing to remember is that you will no longer be able to eat wheat, barley or rye. Every time you go grocery shopping you will need to check every label of every food before you put it in your trolley.
Wheat is the most common ingredient and you will find that it is commonly added to foods such a sauces, packaged meals and all sorts of foods that you may never have even considered.
You will probably find that your first grocery shopping trip will take at least twice as long as it normally would, but this will get easier over time. If you are feeling low about all these foods that you are no longer allowed to eat it will help to look at a gluten free diet food list so that you can focus on the foods that you actually can eat. Remember that you can eat all meats, fish, vegetables, herbs, spices, rice, corn and many specialty gluten free foods.
If you like cooking, then you will find that you can make a delicious range of food that tastes amazing and there are plenty of substitutes for gluten based products. Over time things will get easier and eventually it will become second nature to you.
One of the most important things you need to do when you are on a gluten free diet is avoid cross contamination. This is especially likely if you eat out a lot, share a home with people who eat gluten or eat at other peoples' homes on a regular basis.
If you share a house with other people who eat gluten you need to make sure that the other people understand how important it is that you do not ingest even a tiny amount of gluten. When you prepare any food always be very careful and make sure that your utensils, knives and chopping boards are clean. You may even want to have separate chopping boards and utensils for gluten free food. Make sure that you clean any work top surfaces before you prepare food.
You may also want to consider having separate tubs of butter, margarine, jam or any other jar that people put a knife in. Cross contamination can easily occur if someone spreads something on to their toast or bread and then sticks the knife back into the tub.
Going gluten free definitely takes a while to get used to, but if you have been ill for a while you will find that the benefits of the gluten free diet greatly outweigh the negatives as you start to feel healthy again.