by Angie – GlutenFreeClub.com
The first attitude change you must adopt comes through the understanding that you absolutely have total control of your life through diet. Being diagnosed with celiac disease is serious, but the great news is that it is controllable through food choices. Celiac disease is not curable, but it’s almost like being cured when you eliminate gluten from your diet.
Your attitude change begins by accepting the following principles:
- A good attitude starts with a positive attitude.
- Good health is a real possibility through diet management.
- Keeping control of your lifestyle relies on having self-esteem.
- It’s important to learn how to be confident about your new lifestyle.
- Becoming gluten-free is possible with some dietary changes that are not radical.
In other words, you have complete control of your diet after the diagnosis just like you did before the diagnosis. Eating healthy involves making good food choices such as eating fresh fruits and vegetables.
You could have chosen to eat foods full of fat or high in sugar, but hopefully you chose foods that kept you healthy. After you are diagnosed the same rules apply, except now you must choose foods that don’t have gluten in order to stay healthy.
Some diet changes require effort like having to bake your own bread but I have found that the aroma and taste of fresh baked breads far outweigh the effort it takes to make them.
Many people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance have vitamin and nutrient deficiencies. When you begin cooking your gluten-free meals, you have three goals:
- Restore the missing nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
- Insure the essentials nutrients, vitamins and minerals are maintained in the diet.
- Insure meals are healthy and balanced.
One of the biggest threats to a gluten intolerant person’s health is the temptation to eat the high-glycemic foods – carbohydrates and sugars. Eat too many and you will be facing a lot more problems than gluten intolerance. You will potentially create other health problems such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels in addition to obesity.
There are certain basic nutritional recommendations that are important to follow in order to establish a healthy approach to eating from the beginning of your conversion to a GF diet:
- Eat plenty of lean fish which contains omega-3 fatty acids and provides important cell protection.
- Eat lean meats.
- Eat fresh fruits.
- Eat fresh vegetables, especially leafy ones, except for those that are starchy like potatoes.
- Eat nuts which contain mono-saturated fats.
- Never eat gluten!
The next time you fire up your barbecue to prepare a healthy lean fish dinner, slice up a grapefruit as well and use this recipe to give your fish dish a citrus splash!