If you suffer from celiac disease, you know that there are days when you crave a million foods you should not have, and if you follow those cravings, you will likely feel very, very ill. By following a few important tips, you can feel and be healthy despite your celiac disease.
Learn To Cook; Be Creative
Cooking your own food will ensure that you know exactly what is in the food you are eating. A gluten free diet, necessary for those with celiac disease, does nothing to limit your fruits and vegetables, meats and poultry, or seasonings. Seek out recipes that sound good to you with these ingredients and experiment with different combinations, seasonings, and tastes. When you are eating foods that taste great and are full of flavor, you do not miss the rich gravies and sides of bread.
Adopt A Healthy Lifestyle
Think about the occasions when you most often struggle with avoiding gluten. Often it is at a fast food drive through, a pizza place, or stopping in for a bagel. Those simply attempting to lose weight or take better care of themselves, even without celiac disease, are learning to avoid these same circumstances. If you look at your diet limitations as the best possible way to take care of yourself, and as a lifestyle you might choose in the absence of celiac disease, you will have less trouble making the sacrifices this condition requires. Add to this a regular exercise regime, and eventually, you will not miss the gluten.
Shop Around The Outside Of Your Grocery Store
This is another piece of advice often offered to dieters. As a sufferer of celiac disease, you must avoid gluten. This substance is obviously present in wheat, barley, and rye breads, but is also hidden in many different processed foods. If you purchase your food fresh, and shop through the produce department, the meat department, and then the dairy cases, you will find all kinds of great options, all safe for those with celiac disease and full of nutrients.
Plan Ahead When Eating Out
Many restaurants post their menus online, making it easy to make choices ahead of time. If you are going to a restaurant that does not post their menu, you can call ahead to talk about their options. Celiac disease is prominent enough that many establishments will have a few menu suggestions for gluten free dishes. If you are unable to make choices ahead of time, or if your waiter or waitress does not have the knowledge to advise you, stick with dishes that are simply made, such as grilled salmon or steak with fresh vegetables or potatoes. Avoid cream sauces and gravies, as they often contain hidden ingredients such as barley or wheat and are dangerous to sufferers of celiac disease.
Make Up For Lost Nutrients
Those dealing with celiac disease often suffer from a lack of fiber because of the limitation on grains, as well as bone loss because of lack of absorption of calcium and Vitamin D. Your physician and nutritionist will help you keep an eye on this, but it is wise to add extra green leafy vegetables, milk and dairy products, and lots of fruits and vegetables to your diet.
Use Your Resources
Celiac disease is more widely spread than was once believed, and doctors are learning more and more about the condition as time goes on. Be sure to keep in touch with your doctor and follow trusted online resources for new breakthroughs and diet tips. A little research will also help you find forums and chat rooms for celiac disease sufferers where you can share tips and ideas with one another and offer support.