Without being gross, spending lots of time on the toilet and suffering severe stomach pain is not great fun. Gluten-free food is a topic I class myself as an expert in, especially when it comes to suffering from it. I suffered from gluten intolerance for many years and found it very draining.
The turning point for me was reading an article my partner had found online. It detailed 10 signs you could be gluten intolerant. I checked the list and realised I could relate to 8 out of the 10 items. At his suggestion, I went gluten-free for 3 months to see what happened. It was life-changing.
I am that person who is always checking the ingredients on menus at restaurants. It’s not an obsessive thing. I am making sure that I can enjoy a meal without feeling ill.
Now it is like second nature for me to quickly check a menu. If I am unsure, I always ask the waiting staff to check with the chef for me. It is all about protecting your health.
It is a bit difficult to eat out right now. Consequently, I am always on the lookout for gluten-free recipes to build up my library of meals. I love cooking as well, so it is a no-brainer for me to save as many recipes as possible.
Here are 3 useful books that can help you make the transition to a gluten-free lifestyle without stress.
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1) The Big Book of Gluten Free Cooking: Delicious Meals, Breads, and Sweets for a Happy, Healthy Gluten-Free Life
The Big Book of Gluten Free Cooking is exactly what it says it is, a huge book filled with gluten-free recipes. Additionally, the book includes strategies for living a gluten-free life. This is great if you have only just realised that you are intolerant to gluten.
There are 160 recipes in total, and they are broken down into the following categories:
- Goodbye, Gluten Hello, Health
- Your Gluten-Free Kitchen
- Morning Meals
- Small Bites & Snacks
- Simple Sides
- Dinner Salads
- Soups and Stews
- Pasta and Grains
- Meatless Mains and Seafood
- Poultry, Beef, and Pork
- Crackers, Rolls & Breads
- Cakes, Cookies & More
- Naturally Gluten-Free Desserts
As you can see, the book covers everything and opens up the world of gluten-free living. I can vouch you can still eat well and healthy on a gluten-free diet.
So, if you have just started changing your diet, you can rest assured it is not as bad as you might think. There are lots of options out there for you to enjoy fantastic gluten-free food.
You tend to find people with food intolerances have other ones as well. I also have this situation, as I have lactose intolerance as well.
I confess to being a bit naughty, though, as I love cheese with a passion. Imagine a world without cheese. I can’t. So I do indulge, but only a bit and I opt for lactose-free milk or almond milk, which is very tasty.
This recipe book is perfect for gluten and lactose intolerances, as it has recipes for both. It also has tips about gluten-free and lactose-free lifestyles. Here is a breakdown of the different chapters:
- Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Living
- Beef and Pork
- Sides, Sauces, and Dressings
- Pressure Cooker and Slow Cooker
I am not sure if I can stop my love of cheese altogether. However, some of the lactose-free cheese is super tasty. So, if you haven’t tried one of those already, give them a go.
3) The Gluten-Free Cookbook For Families: Healthy Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less
I decided to include this cookbook as it is designed for busy people. When you have a family and cater to different diets and tastes, quick recipes can be handy. You don’t always have to make a dish with gluten-free food and then a separate one for other people. It is possible to eat the same food if you manage it well. Gluten-free food is tasty for gluten eaters!
I love eating healthy food, and this book is written by a food blogger and certified personal trainer. So you know that your meals are going to be nutritious and well researched. You feel like you are in safe hands, which is always reassuring.
It is not full of loads of pictures, but the information and notes on what to do, are second to none. You have step-by-step instructions to do the recipes so that you won’t get lost. Also, it is reasonably priced for the types of recipes it has inside it.
Eating food without gluten does not have to be challenging, I mean you can even buy gluten free sweets now! You can use recipe books like these to inspire you. You will find that your friends and loved ones won’t know the difference if you cook them a meal without gluten.
- Gluten-free food is as tasty as you want it to be.
- A diet without gluten is very healthy.
- I lost weight when I stopped eating gluten. I can’t say this will happen to everybody, but it is quite common.
- My skin became clearer. I wouldn’t say I had lots of spots, but regular ones. I noticed that spots stopped appearing. I believe this was related to no gluten and eating healthier.
If you have to watch what you eat, don’t feel down. Embrace it like me and start enjoying what you can eat. Don’t waste time thinking about what you can’t. Food is for enjoying. So start enjoying every tasty morsel that you can eat!
Sally Leslie is a personal development blogger, coach, and freelance content writer. She is passionate about helping people think differently and grow. Sally creates content for businesses, entrepreneurs, and startups. She also helps entrepreneurs manage their time effectively and stay motivated. Lover of plants, freedom, and football!