If you’ve recently found out that you suffer from coeliac disease, you might be a little worried about how you’re going to get used to your new diet. As you’re already aware, you’ll no longer be able to consume foods that contain gluten. Unfortunately, gluten is found in many of our common staple foods such as bread and pasta, but there are many other delicious foods for you to enjoy as normal. Plus, most foods that contain gluten are now available as gluten free products.
You should also always remember that the gluten free diet can still be just as healthy and nutritious as any other diet. You certainly shouldn’t think that you can’t live a long and healthy life as a result of suffering with coeliac disease, and you can be in just as good shape as anybody else if you exercise regularly and consume all the nutrients and vitamins you need. At this point, it’s probably useful to make a brief list of foods you should avoid:
- Certain breakfast cereals
- Anything that contains wheat, rye or barley
You should always carefully read the label of anything you buy as to ensure there definitely won’t be any traces of gluten in the food. Most of the time, consuming small traces of gluten won’t cause you any discomfort, but it’s still better to avoid anything that contains any amount of gluten nonetheless.
You will be happy to learn that many of your current favourite foods are still perfectly fine for you to consume. Foods that you needn’t worry about include:
- Meat and fish
- Fruit and vegetables
- Most dairy products (avoid processed products)
- Wine, spirits and cider
As you can see, some of the main ingredients that make up the bulk of your favourite meals can still be enjoyed whether you suffer from coeliac disease or not. You can still enjoy a nice roast dinner with delicious chicken and potatoes, and you can still enjoy a night out on the town with your friends as long as you stick to wine, cider and spirits.
In addition, as aforementioned, most gluten rich foods have gluten free counterparts nowadays, meaning you can still enjoy the same meals as you did before and barely tell any difference. Here are some of the foods you can find in the gluten free range:
- Pizza bases
Of course, there are many more gluten free alternatives than just those listed above, but that should give you an idea of what’s available to you.
Perhaps the best news for you to hear right now is that you can actually get a lot of your food on prescription, with the food delivered to your local chemist by a dedicated provider. Hopefully, you don’t feel quite as anxious about adapting to your new diet anymore.