Just Diagnosed Gluten-Free? Help is on the Way!

By September 23, 2016 October 15th, 2016 Uncategorized

Were you or a family member recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease or a Gluten allergy or sensitive? Do you feel helpless and confused when you walk down the grocery aisle or have difficulty ordering in a restaurant because you don’t want to be labeled as a difficult customer?  If so, this website is for you.  I know how you feel because I’ve walked in your shoes.  Let me guide you on this new adventure called “gluten-free living.”  It’s not as hard as you think.  I’ll be with you every step of the way through my informative blog, instructional YouTube videos and recipes in my book, “A Taste To Remember,” and on this website.

Let’s get started!

Here are my top five tips for living a successful gluten-free life:

  1. Know what you are eating: Eating in restaurants can be very challenging. Most restaurants have their menu online so you will know if there are any gluten-free options.  I recommend that you review the menu and decide what you’re going to eat before your visit.  Even if the dish appears to be gluten-free, always ask the waiter how the dish is prepared and make him/her aware of your allergy.  If the waiter can’t answer your question(s), request that he or she consult the chef.  In most cases, the chef can modify your dish or suggest an alternative.  Remember! You are protecting yourself and should never feel embarrassed about asking questions.  This is your health!  Be aware of hidden gluten found is sauces or broths.  Most Asian-fusion, Chinese, Tai and Vietnamese cuisine are prepared with sauces that contain a high concentration of gluten (e.g. soy sauce, fish sauce, etc).  Most restaurants do not make broth from scratch and may use a store bought brand that contains gluten.
  2. Start Cooking!  Cooking meals for you and your family is the best way to know exactly what you’re eating.  Restaurants cannot guarantee that your meal has not been cross-contaminated with gluten unless they have separate equipment, storage and preparation areas that are allergen free.Food is a big part of our social life.  Entertaining friends or family in your home or apartment is a great way to avoid gluten and build stronger relationships because it makes the experience more personal.  If you prepare my recipes found on the website or cookbook, your friends will never guess they are gluten-free, and they will be impressed with your cooking prowess.I understand that cooking may scare you because you’re a first-timer.  I guarantee – If you can read, you can cook!   My instructional YouTube videos and informative blog will take the mystery away from cooking.  I am always an email away if you’re having difficulty preparing a particular recipe of mine.
  3. Prepare your kitchen: Clean your kitchen thoroughly and discard all items that contain gluten. If you have unopened items that contain gluten, donate them to your local food pantry or give to a friend.
  4. Stock your pantry with the “must have” items located on my “Build my Pantry” page.
  5. Read! It is important to be informed when dealing with Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance. This website is an excellent resource: https://celiac.org

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me.  Together, we can make a plan for your gluten-free life.

 

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