When you're first diagnosed with celiac disease or you want to start a gfree diet, it's like being suddenly dropped into a foreign country and you don't know the language.
Well, my fellow gfreers, never fret! Here are some tips and advice on how to learn the language of being gfree and how to take care of your body as you're making the transitions.
1) Take a deep breath and accept that you have a food allergy. I know, I know, this seems trivial, but I promise that this step is very important. I remember when I got diagnosed, I was in denial that it was true. There was no way I had a food allergy. But acceptance is key to developing a healthier, happier lifestyle and I can tell you, living without my gut hurting every day is the best feeling in the world!
2) Start the research. Begin by simply opening up your internet browser: there are TONS of resources opening up as celiac disease and gluten gains more awareness. There are blogs (like ours!) which can provide information and advice on celiac disease/gluten, forums, the official celiac disease website (http://www.celiac.org/), medical websites, and even Wikipedia. If you're more into books, go to your local library and check out what kinds of resources are there for you. You can also ask your doctor, as well as family and friends who are knowledgeable or who know someone who is and ask them to talk with you. You have a huge support system out there, (including us!) so don't be afraid to ask.
3) Learn how to read labels. Every pronounced celiac knows of certain key words that have red flags that say whether this food item is safe to eat or not. Foods that contain these items are not safe to eat: