Making the switch to a gluten-free home isn’t always easy, but it is beneficial to members of the household who are allergic to gluten. With the following gluten-free guide to life, it will be easier to make the transition so that everyone’s on board with the nutritional change.
1. Purge And Sort Through The Kitchen
Most kitchens are loaded with gluten items, and anyone going on a gluten-free diet must get rid of the foods with this substance. Help the gluten-free individual toss out items they’ve bought in the past like cereals, breads, crackers, cookies, pastas and beers.
2. Prepare And Purchase New Foods
After the giant sort and purge is done, the gluten-free individual will need some foods to eat and recipes to rely on. Support this household member with gluten allergies by tagging along with them to the local grocery store and buying new items to stock in the pantry.
3. Post A List Of The Good And The Bad
When someone in the household will cook a meal for everyone, go to the grocery store or order take-out for the whole family, they must know what’s allowed and what’s not for the person living gluten free. Create a list together that says what they can eat and what’s off limits.
4. Make Vacation And Restaurant Choices Hassle-Free
Whether it’s for a sunny summer vacation or a night out on the town, it’s best to know how to have meals that are great for each person. Help a gluten-free friend create and freeze meals beforehand to take on vacation. When dining out, find restaurants that will have something for everyone.
5. Venture Outside The Kitchen
Those who must change their diet to a gluten-free nutrition plan tend to purge just the kitchen items. Although it’s great to stock up on beans, meats, eggs and dairy products in the kitchen, it’s also important to toss out gluten items lurking in the shower and the medicine cabinet. Some hair products like shampoos and conditioners contain this substance. It can also be found in lipsticks, prescriptions and even vitamin supplements. Make a gluten-free home by tossing out items this sensitive household member could come in contact with.
With the tools and encouraging tips in this gluten-free guide to life, an individual with gluten allergies will feel better about their new lifestyle. Taking the time and effort to make them comfortable will set them on the way to living gluten free in no time.
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