I know that this has a silver lining!
I have to force my self to eat healthier and take better care of my body by eating freshly grown fruit,vegetables, and herbs. I save a lot of money by precooking meals for the week because going out to restaurants can be a mission and you can never really trust take-out in New York City. At the end of the day I have so much energy from new found this way of life!
There might be some change!
Change is good! Unfortunately, this prevents me from being able to continue on a full blown food blog! As a self proclaimed foodie who is in love with every aspect of food from preparation to it's ability to bring people together (also as a gluten loving Puerto Rican) I think it's best that I change the direction of this blog.I have tremendous faith that everything happens for a reason. I am glad that I found out that I am Gluten Intolerant now because it was really making my life a lot harder than it needed to be. It helped me to see that although change may be hard, sometimes it is for the best and will help to mold you into a better, stronger, wiser, and this case healthier version of yourself!
How I started the switch with 5 small steps!
Here are 5 simple steps that will help make your transition A LOT easier!
1. Start getting used to buying fruits and veggies.
As a college student who dorms, buying fresh fruits and veggies can be hard because it will waste relatively fast. However, zucchini pasta or pasta substitutions are absolutely amazing so don't be scared to try new things! This leads me to the next tip on my list...
2. Pre-Cook you're meals.
...It is smart to prepare your meals ahead of time if you can because those fresh veggies, herbs, and fruits will go to waste generally quickly. Buy 7 containers and precook your meals on a Sunday. It will help you become more disciplined and will save you lots of cash!
3. Read the labels.
Soy sauce, desserts, salad dressings are a few of the many things that are NOT gluten free. It is hard to go gluten free so it's important to read the labels. Steer away from anything with wheat, rye, barley, or anything that says produced in a factory that contains gluten.
4. Download Gluten Free Grocery shopping and/ or restaurant apps.
It will make life a lot easier when you go out with a friend or go grocery shopping. Still read labels and ask questions, never trust anything. Gluten is like a ninja it can hide in foods you would never imagine!
5. Buy Gluten Free Beer... or a nice bottle of your favorite wine
Because at the end of this adventure you'll need a drink! Just kidding (kind of ), it's not horrible going 100% gluten free. However, beer and A LOT of alcohol brands contain gluten. All of my favorite beers like Blue Moon, Guinness, and Corona all contain gluten. Even Smirnoff ICE and Mike's Hard Lemonade contain gluten! So grab a glass of wine of a gluten free cold one sit back and kick your feet up!
Hope this list help's anyone else who has discovered they are also gluten intolerant. I have been glued to Pinterest (my Pinterest link is on the menu tab) trying out new recipes and discovering new gluten free products. My tip's are all things that work for me personally. Gluten free diets aren't for everyone so make sure if you aren't gluten intolerant of have celiac disease to consult with your doctor before making the switch. Share your tips with me and let me know what worked for you!