Go Gluten Free in 8 Easy Steps

Going Gluten Free can seem intimidating. It’s really not as hard as you think. I’ve set up 8 easy steps for going gluten free that I hope will help you on your journey. Please feel free to leave any questions you have in the comments!

 

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1. Say goodbye

You feel terrible anyway, have one more meal of your favorite gluten filled foods. (disclaimer, adults and mature teens only. This step is NOT for young kids. You want to avoid any thoughts that they’re going to “miss out”. Never ever ever make gluten filled food look special to a gluten free kid. With kids, proceed directly to step 2)

2. Buy yourself something nice

Seriously. Go to your grocery store’s gluten free aisle and get some Glutino cookies and a couple of boxes of gluten free cake mix. If your store doesn’t have a gluten free section, you can order lots of good stuff online. (You should be able to find something, we even found gluten free cake mix in Thailand. Africa was a little bit tougher.)

If your young child is the one going gluten free, try and make this a special event with lots of “wow! Brownies! I love brownies!”

3.Stock up your survival kit

While you’re at the grocery store, buy as many replacements for gluten things you can find. Uldi’s, Schar and DS make excellent bread, try a few brands of gluten free pasta, pick up some gluten free Rice Chex (or Chocolate Chex, I won’t tell.)

You may eventually stop using these, but for right now get the things you’d grab for quick meals. This will keep you from staring for hours into the fridge wondering what to eat.

Add a couple of bags of rice flour and coconut flour to your cart. When you’re ready to start making quick, easy things from scratch, these will come in handy.

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With rice flour you’ll be able to make quick easy treats like these Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins Click the picture for the super simple recipe.

 

4. Get your own stuff

Get a new toaster for the gluten free people in your home. (I’ll be doing a whole post on sharing a kitchen with gluten eaters, but you need to know this now. You need your own toaster.)

If you got that cake mix, you’re also going to need your own cake pan or muffin tin and your own electric mixer.

5. Label Everything GLUTEN FREE

You can label your toaster, mixer and muffin tin with nail polish.
Label all spreads (like peanut butter) that could possibly become contaminated. Make sure you label both the jar and the lid. You can’t share anymore. If possible, put your stuff in a different cupboard or on a different shelf.

6. Make a list of quick meals you can eat

No joke. Write it down:
Fruit, carrot sticks, cheese and gluten free crackers, gluten free toast, baked eggs and Brie, Bush’s Vegetarian Baked Beans, left-over chicken…
Make the list as long as possible. Put it in the kitchen somewhere.
If you need help with this, I’ve got a handy list right here. There’s even a link to a printable list to put on your fridge or take shopping: A List of Gluten Free Foods You Can Eat

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7. Grieve

You’ve just had a major life change. It’s going to be hard sometimes. We’ve all had the total meltdown in the grocery store. Crying because we’re hungry, and surrounded by food, and can’t eat anything. It’s normal. It goes away. Once you learn a few simple recipes and get a few favorite treats, things will be a lot brighter.

8. Heal

You’re going to start feeling so much better. Most people notice headaches and brain fog going away in a few day, body aches in a couple of weeks. Digestive problems could take a little longer, especially if you’re celiac, but they’ll get better too.

I think I’ve covered the basics. If you’ve gone gluten free and you have any tips to make the transition to more smoothly, could you leave them in the comments section to help future readers? If you have any question, please feel free to leave a comment.

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33 thoughts on “Go Gluten Free in 8 Easy Steps

  1. Pamela’s Pancake and baking mix saved my life…I know that sounds dramatic but really, it is so good!! My whole family loves them, my son who is recently gluten free will take them the next day to school for lunch…sometimes with peanut butter and jam on them. The mix also makes great muffins! A lot of Pamela’s products are great. I just tried the Betty Crocker cake mixes and they are good too. The cake doesn’t rise like a G free one but it tastes great. XO Baking Co. has some great mixes as well…the pound cake is great. I have served it to company and they all raved about it. It is hit and miss with gluten free products. You have to be willing to try different things and if they aren’t good, chuck them. I know it seems wasteful but it is necessary when just starting out.

    • *I meant that the Betty Crocker Gluten Free mixes don’t rise like regular one

      • Hey Christine, thanks for the awesome tips! I haven’t tried Pamela’s mixes, but I’ve tried the cookies and they’re really good.

  2. Hi! I just came across your blog from Pinterest. I am new to gluten free, due to a new health condition. You have made it seem easier than I expected! I was very wary of going gluten free at first and sad about having to give up some of my favorite foods. But after reading your posts, I think it will be a lot easier for me. So thank you for all of the information! Hugs

  3. I found through Pinterest as well and am also new to GF. It feels a bit overwhelming but slowly but surely I’m making the transition. I keep forgetting I have to be gluten free now though! Annoying! But that brings me to my question: if I am GF secondary to Hashimoto’s, is cross contamination so much of a concern? I do not have celiac and therefore have never had terrible symptoms. I was advised to be GF by my MD and definitely have symptoms commonly attributed to gluten sensitivity/intolerance but they are not debilitating. Does anyone know if that is something that will ruin all of my efforts; if something cross contaminates I mean? For example, I ate breakfast with a friend yesterday. I spent a significant amount of time carefully choosing my gluten free meal only to realize after picking sides and inquiring of the kitchen re: sauces, etc. that I had ordered a meal that was served over and English muffin!!!!!! Talk about brain fogging!!!! But because I was such a nuisance, I decided to scoop it off the bread and eat it anyway. But of course now I’m scared I’ve ruined my almost 2 months of hard efforts! :/ anyone have any knowledge of this?

    • Hey Julia! So glad you found your way here. Don’t despair. You haven’t ruined your hard work. It sometimes takes a few days for the gluten to completely clear your system, but then things should be fine. If your symptoms are unusually severe or long lasting this time, or you have any concerns, contact your MD. It sounds like you have a great one!
      I think everyone gets “glutened” from time to time, especially when we take the chance and eat out or at a friend’s house. Hang in there!

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  8. HI, I recently got gluten free due to allergies. However, I have had headaches. Do you know why?

    • Hey Mariana, do you mean you had headaches before you went gluten free, or going gluten free has given you headaches? Sometimes a diet change can cause weird symptoms like headaches. Make sure you stick to healthy food and avoid the gluten free cookies and packaged food for now (this is always my problem, especially when someone comes out with a new gluten free treat.) If you had headaches before you went gluten free, it could be that the gluten is causing your headaches and you’re just taking a while to get it out of your system and get back to normal. If your headaches persist, or interfere with your day to day life, make sure you see a doctor.

  9. I, too, love Pamela’s products. The artisan flour makes delicious scones – something I was desperately missing when diagnosed celiac.
    A helpful hint – NEVER use Bob’s gluten free flour mix for anything sweet. The garbanzo flour is too overwhelming and will ruin whatever you’re hoping to enjoy. You mention “grieving” as a step to getting through the initial GF change – it’s absolutely true. The only thing worse is grieving that you can’t eat food you have grown to love – then trying to bake something similar and having it taste like trash in your mouth after you paid a lot for it. Bob’s pizza dough and brownie mixes are delicious :) Thanks for your blog and your Pinterest page – glad I found you on fb!!

    • Thanks for dropping by! I’m glad you found me too! I agree, the worst thing is a gluten free baking failure. The flip side is a gluten free baking success! :)

    • When I started baking gluten free, I used Bob’s Red Mill All-purpose Flour and found it to be an excellent mix to bake my quick breads with and they are sweet.

  10. Going GF has been quite a journey since being diagnosed with Celiac a year ago. I’ve trashed some really pricey products and fallen in love with others. Betty Crocker mixes are the best, as are Schar, Glutino and Canyon Bakehouse products. Thank heaven for the varieties of Progresso soup that are GF as well as Chex cereals!

    • Thanks Donna! There are days that I could live on Chex cereal. I’m so glad it exists. I’ve never tried Canyon Bakehouse, I’ll look for them. :)

  11. I’m really glad that bulk barn sells mixes for bread, cakes, brownies and pancakes. It really helped out the first few months of changing my food habits. Lots of fruits and veggies were always good because I knew I wouldn’t be getting any surprises in what I was eating.I’m expanding and learning new recipes as I move forward in my journey. It’s been a very long 4 months, and I wish I had found this helpful list at the beginning.

    • Hi Dawn! Thanks for stopping by! Be careful with things in bulk bins. I know the way the Bulk Barn cleans the tops of their bins (by opening all the bins and using a hand broom to sweep whatever is on top into the nearest bins) can cause small amounts of gluten to end up in gluten free items. They do sell some packaged gluten free products that are much safer.

  12. Found your website through facebook…LOVE your recipes! My son is the Gluten Free Champ in our house and when he first went gluten free school was a really big issue. All the spur of the moment parties and snacks that he was missing out on got a bit overwhelming for him. So I bought him a small clear bin at walmart decorated it with his name and a list of all the things he was allergic to, we went to the store together and he picked out lots of gluten free goodies to fill it with. Things like snack bars and lollipops, pretzels and a variety of cookies. And it worked like a charm. Everytime a mom brought in cupcakes or they had a class snack that I wasn’t informed about earlier, he would just go to his special box and get a treat!

  13. Newly GF due to cerebellar ataxia so symptoms (neurological) are severe with the tiniest amount. Wondering – is my bread machine’s nonstick coating a problem for cross-contamination? (I have a one yr old Zojirushi so the coating is in perfect condition but it was used with wheat before diagnosis.) What other cookware other than wooden utensils & cutting boards is also gluten contaminated? I’m wondering about silicone/rubber/plastic spatulas, measuring cups, bowls, etc. I’m trying hard but still getting exposed in the kitchen somehow. Thanks for your input :)

    • Hey Terri!
      It’s very possible that your bread maker is the problem. They’re so hard to get completely gluten-free and many people end up getting a new one. I haven’t personally noticed a problem with plastic utensils being used for gluten causing cross contamination if they’re cleaned very well, but we don’t actually have alot of gluten in our house to cause the contamination. I know that some people have a separate set of utensils (and even cutlery) for gluten free.
      I can think of a few other things to consider, check out your hair and beauty products. A few years ago I was getting regularly glutened despite being really careful and discovered that my new shampoo had wheat protein in it. Also, try cutting out all “gluten free” products and dairy for a while and just eating meat, fruits and veggies. It could be that your body just needs some help healing and a “clean” diet is a great boost, or it could be you’re reacting to something other than gluten. Some people discover other intolerances or allergies when they go gluten free.

      • Thank you! That is very helpful and I will try your suggestions. I will definitely try the clean diet as I am wondering about dairy. So glad I found you guys!

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  15. I need a new toaster and my daughter has been diagnosed as wheat/gluten intolerant (she is yet to actually be tested for coeliac). Would a 4 slice toaster with one side label “gluten free” be ok or should I really been looking at getting 2 different toasters

    • Hi Kylie, it would be safest to get two 2 slice toasters. You want to make sure there’s no chance of your daughter even consuming a crumb. (We even keep our toasters on opposite sides of the kitchen). Let me know if you have any other questions. :)

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