Complete Gluten free diet plan for beginners – With Sample Gluten Free Meal Plan


Hello Friends, today we will talk about, The
Gluten Free Diet. The Gluten-Free Diet – A Detailed Beginner’s
Guide Gluten-free is all the rage these days. A 2013 study showed that a whopping 30% of
Americans are actively trying to avoid gluten. Although the harmful effects of gluten are
controversial among health experts, it is known that several health conditions respond
positively to a gluten-free diet. Fortunately, there are many healthy and delicious
foods that are naturally gluten-free. Avoiding gluten does NOT have to be tasteless
or boring. What is Gluten? Gluten is the name of a family of proteins
present in grains like wheat, spelt, rye and barley. There are two main gluten proteins, called
gliadin and glutenin. It is the gliadin part that causes the harmful
effects. When wheat flour is mixed with water, the
gluten proteins form a sticky cross-linking network that has a glue-like consistency. The name glu-ten is derived from this glue-like
property. If you’ve ever held wet dough in your hands,
then you will know what I’m talking about. Gluten makes the dough elastic, and gives
it the ability to rise during breadmaking. It also tastes good, and provides a chewy,
satisfying texture. Many People Are Sensitive to Gluten
The most severe form of gluten intolerance is called celiac disease, which affects about
0.7-1% of the population. This serious disease is caused by an autoimmune
reaction when the gliadin proteins enter the digestive tract. This can lead to a degenerated gut lining,
nutrient deficiencies, severe digestive issues and other serious conditions, many of which
are hard to link to digestion. Unfortunately, most people with celiac disease
do not know that they have it, as the symptoms can often be vague and difficult to diagnose. Then there is another condition called non-celiac
gluten sensitivity. This involves an adverse reaction to gluten
in people who do not have celiac disease. There are no good numbers on how common it
is, but some estimates place it around 0.5-13%. In people with gluten sensitivity, gluten
may cause diarrhea, stomach pain, bloating, fatigue, depression and various other symptoms. A gluten-free diet has also been shown to
be effective for some cases of schizophrenia, autism and a type of cerebellar ataxia called
gluten ataxia. All of this being said, there is currently
very little evidence that gluten is harmful for everyone. Many people seem to tolerate it just fine. There is even evidence that many people with
gluten sensitivity are actually sensitive to FODMAPs (a type of carbohydrate in wheat
and other foods), not gluten. For these people, a low-FODMAP diet is more
appropriate than a gluten-free diet. A Gluten-Free Diet Can be Challenging
The purpose of the gluten-free diet is to completely eliminate gluten from the diet. However, this can be a major challenge, especially
considering that gluten-containing ingredients (like wheat) are added to various different
foods. In order to go gluten-free, you need to start
reading labels on everything you eat, and may need to make significant changes to the
foods you eat from day to day. If you think you have a serious condition
like celiac disease, then please consult with your doctor before going gluten-free, as it
may not be possible to diagnose the disease if you’re already avoiding gluten. Foods and Ingredients to Avoid. There are several foods that always contain
gluten, and should always be avoided on a gluten-free diet:
• Wheat: all forms, including whole wheat, wheat flour, wheat germ and wheat bran. • Spelt. • Rye. • Barley. • Einkorn. • Triticale. • Kamut. • Others: Durum flour, farina, graham flour,
semolina. Some other foods usually contain gluten, and
should be avoided unless specifically labelled “gluten-free,” or made strictly with gluten-free
ingredients: • Bread. • Pasta. • Cereals. • Beer. • Cakes, pies and pastries. • Cookies, crackers, biscuits. • Sauces, dressing and gravies, especially
soy sauce. Keep in mind that gluten can be found in all
sorts of processed foods. Your best bet is to eat whole, single ingredient
foods as much as possible. Oats generally do not contain gluten, and
are well tolerated in people with celiac disease. However, they are sometimes processed in the
same facilities as wheat, and may therefore be “cross-contaminated” with gluten. Unless specifically labelled gluten-free,
consider avoiding oats if you have celiac disease. Also keep in mind that certain supplements
and medications may contain gluten. Important: You really MUST-read labels. Wheat and other gluten-containing ingredients
are found in all sorts of different foods. Foods to Eat. There are plenty of healthy and nutritious
foods that are naturally gluten free. • Meats: chicken, beef, lamb, etc. • Fish and seafood: salmon, trout, haddock,
shrimp, etc. • Eggs: all types, but pastured/Omega-3
enriched eggs are best. • Dairy: milk, cheese, yogurt. • Vegetables: broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts,
carrots, onions, etc. • Fruits: apples, avocados, bananas, oranges,
pears, strawberries, blueberries, etc. • Legumes: lentils, beans, peanuts, etc. • Nuts: almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts,
etc. • Tubers: Potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc. • Healthy fats: olive oil, avocado oil,
butter, coconut oil. • Herbs, spices and condiments: Salt, garlic,
pepper, vinegar, mustard, etc. • Gluten-free grains: quinoa, rice, corn,
flax, millet, sorghum, tapioca, buckwheat, arrowroot, amaranth, as well as oats (if labelled
gluten-free). • Others: Dark chocolate. What About Processed Gluten-Free Foods? A gluten-free diet can be very healthy, as
long as you base the diet on real foods. However, you can also find numerous processed
gluten-free replacement products, such as breads, pastries, muffins, cakes, cookies,
and others. In most cases, these foods are highly processed
and made with sugar and refined grains. These are “empty” calories, and can lead to
rapid spikes in blood sugar. If you don’t really care about health, but
simply want to avoid gluten, then you can include these foods in your diet. For optimal health, however, it is best to
choose foods that are naturally gluten-free, not gluten-free products. Gluten-free junk food is still junk food. Beverages
You can drink water, coffee and tea on a gluten-free diet. Fruit juices and sugary drinks are gluten-free,
but you may want to avoid/minimize them as they are high in sugar. Regarding alcohol, beer should be avoided
unless labelled gluten-free, but most wines and spirits don’t contain gluten. A Sample Gluten-Free Menu for One Week. This sample menu shows what a week on a gluten-free
diet might look like. You can easily adjust this based on your own
preferences. Monday. • Breakfast: Scrambled eggs and veggies,
with a piece of fruit. • Lunch: Chicken salad, with some extra
virgin olive oil and a handful of nuts. • Dinner: Ground beef stir fry, with some
veggies. Brown rice on the side. Tuesday. • Breakfast: Oatmeal (gluten-free oats)
with whole milk and raisins. • Lunch: A smoothie with coconut milk, chocolate
whey protein powder, berries and almonds. • Dinner: Salmon, fried in butter, with
salad. Wednesday. • Breakfast: Omelet with veggies, and a
piece of fruit. • Lunch: Leftover salmon from the night
before. • Dinner: Burgers (no bun), fried in butter,
with potatoes. Thursday. • Breakfast: Greek yogurt with sliced fruits
and nuts. • Lunch: A tuna salad, dressed in olive
oil. • Dinner: Meatballs with vegetables and
brown rice. Friday. • Breakfast: Eggs and vegetables, fried
in coconut oil, with a piece of fruit. • Lunch: Leftover meatballs from the night
before. • Dinner: Steak with vegetables and mashed
sweet potatoes. Saturday. • Breakfast: Oatmeal, with a piece of fruit. • Lunch: Leftover steak, veggies and sweet
potatoes from the night before. • Dinner: Baked salmon with butter and vegetables. Sunday. • Breakfast: Bacon and eggs, with some fruit. • Lunch: Greek yogurt with berries, sliced
fruit, and nuts. • Dinner: Grilled chicken wings, with vegetables,
salsa and rice. Healthy, Gluten-Free Snacks. If you find yourself hungry between meals,
then here are a few ideas for gluten-free snacks:
• A piece of fruit. • A handful of nuts. • Some yogurt, perhaps with berries mixed
in. • Rice cakes. • Baby carrots. • Hard boiled eggs. • Leftovers from the night before. How to Eat at Restaurants. Most restaurants serve gluten-free options. Just skip the bread and tell the waiter that
you’re on a gluten-free diet. A protein source (meat or fish) with veggies,
and a potato or rice on the side, are excellent gluten-free options when you’re eating out. If you have celiac disease, make it clear
to the waiter that you absolutely cannot have any gluten, even in trace amounts. It may be a good idea to check their website
or call ahead to ensure that the restaurant you are about to go to has gluten-free options. A Simple Gluten-Free Shopping List. You can eat a massive variety of foods on
a gluten-free diet. This simple shopping list should help you
get started. • Meat: beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, pork,
etc. • Fish: salmon, trout, sardines, tuna, mackerel,
etc. • Eggs. • Dairy: yogurt, cheese, milk. • Frozen vegetables. • Fresh vegetables: carrots, peppers, greens,
Brussels sprouts, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, etc. • Fruits: Apples, avocado, bananas, pears,
oranges. • Berries: Strawberries, blueberries. • Nuts: Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, macadamia
nuts, hazelnuts, peanuts. • Nut butters: peanut butter and almond
butter. • Legumes: lentils, beans, kidney beans,
chickpeas. • Grains: quinoa, buckwheat, rice, corn. • Coconut oil. • Olive oil. • Olives. • Butter. • Chia seeds. • Tubers: Potatoes and Sweet potatoes. • Condiments: Sea salt, pepper, turmeric,
garlic, parsley, etc. How to Succeed on a Gluten-Free Diet. If you truly want to succeed on a gluten-free
diet, then there are many resources available. A good place to start is getting a good book
about the diet, as well as a gluten-free cookbook. At the end of the day, a gluten-free diet
can be incredibly healthy and satisfying, if done right. For people with celiac disease or another
gluten-related disorder, the benefits can literally be life-saving. If you have some other tips, please do share
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