Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Gluten Free: Baby steps

Plans are worthless but planning is everything. Eisenhower

I abhor it when people say 'just eliminate gluten from your diet for a few weeks to see if it has an effect on you'. Like that is an easy thing to do! We are a busy family with 3 little ones. 'Just' eliminating gluten is not an easy thing.

This is a lifestyle change, not a fad.

Going gluten free is not a matter of flicking a switch and everything is magically wonderful. There are a number of steps to undertake to get to that point and that is what this post is about - getting my thoughts down so we can make the steps needed to become gluten free.

1. Set date for the changeover (currently 10 October 2011, about 3 weeks away)

2. Order lab tests to determine medically whether we are gluten sensitive

3. Buy new soy sauce

4. Look through frozen prepared meals and mark which ones have gluten. Eat these before change over

5. Purchase GF Bob's Red Mill flours and mixes

6. Shop at Trader Joes for gluten free products

7. Purchase cinnamon/chromium tablets from Costco (diabetes related)

8. Purchase good fish oil

9. Make a 2 week GF menu plan (incl. breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks)

10. Clean out pantry and fridge of non GF products.

11. Talk to school, preschool, friends, mums group and church about going GF

And I'll add to the list as I think of more.

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