How to make eating 100% Gluten-Free easy

Whether it's diet or exercise, a lifestyle change is easier done when it is taken in small practical steps which can be integrated into your existing lifestyle. It has to make sense to what you intuitively do.

This concept applies if you want to do a 100% turn-around to a gluten-free diet.

Going from wheat-eating to a complete gluten free lifestyle is not as complicated as you think. You only have to start by making small, simple and pragmatic changes to what you are currently doing.

The key to beginning a gluten-free diet is to take a wholefoods approach. This means eating a balanced diet of fruits, veggies, proteins and grains. Simple. There's no tricks to it.

You see, you probably have been eating gluten-free unknowingly for a big chunk of your life. Remember those sunday roasts? Grilled steak, skewered veggies? Tacos? Stews and soups? Risottos and baked fish? Omelettes, porridges, smoothies?

The point is there are a LOT of food and home-cooked meals which are gluten-free by default. Intuitively or by habit, you probably cooked gluten-free food many times before. You likely won't have to make drastic changes to the food that you eat in order to be gluten-free. Rather, you can simply eat more of the same food you already enjoy.

It's common for people, upon hearing or deciding that they should go GF, to run to the store first thing and buy gluten-free alternatives to everything- bread, pasta, cookies, cakes, chips, crackers, pies, pastries, cereal, protein bars, flatbreads and biscuits.

I feel this method can backfire in two ways. First, it's costly. Gluten-free products have a mark-up of at least 30-50% compared to the same wheat-based ones. It can make you feel pretty guilty about spending that extra money. Secondly, processed gluten-free food don't nearly taste as good as its wheat-based counterpart. Anyone who's not gluten-free can tell you that gluten-free bread or gluten-free pasta just don't taste the same. The overall picture shows a pretty rotten deal of you trying something new for your health but ending up spending a premium on a whole bunch of new products that just don't taste as nice as the ones you had before. When your experience is this bad, it would hardly be a surprise if you don't stick to your new gluten-free diet.

By taking a wholefoods approach to changing your diet around, you can see that it is much simpler and more sustainable in the long run. Moreoever, wholesome, home-cooked, gluten-free meals are tastier (and healthier) than processed gluten-free food.

Vegetable and bean minestrone. Easy to cook and naturally gluten-free!
If you are new to the gluten-free diet, I recommend starting with the basics: eat the type of food you already eat which are traditionally prepared gluten-free.

For instance, you can have for...

Breakfast: poached eggs, fried eggs, omelettes, smoothies, porridges, yogurt with fruits, frittatas, hashbrowns, bacon, smoked salmon, baked beans, protein shakes and fruits
Lunch: salads, sushi, soups, veggies and dips, and left-overs
Dinner: grilled meat, stuffed baked potatoes, baked yams, thai curries with rice, indian curries, pad thai, pho, a roast with veggies, risottos, meat stews, nachos, tacos, chicken noodle soup, bean chili, minestrone, roast chicken, lamb cutlets, bolognese, stir-fry, burgers, zoodles, baked stuffed capsicums, beans and salads

With minimal modifications, such as getting GF varieties of bread and pasta, you can continue to enjoy whatever it is you like eating while following a gluten-free diet successfully.

The wholefoods approach to eating gluten-free is the best way to begin your gluten-free journey. Not to mention, a healthy sustainable one. Once you start, soon you'll realize how easy it is to go 100% gluten-free.