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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Celiac Disease: Do's And Don'ts

There are a few things you can do and keep in mind when it comes to a gluten-free diet. The first one of course is to avoid them all together, but finding out what can or can not be on the menu is a daunting task.

To make it a little easier, here are some tips as what to look for, what is safe to eat and what should be avoided:
- Anything labeled 'gluten-free' is safe to consume. Check the labels thoroughly and when in doubt, contact the manufacturer.
- Allowed foods are amaranth, arrowroot, buckwheat, corn, cornmeal, gluten-free flours such as rice, soy, corn, potato and bean flour, pure corn tortillas, quinoa, tapioca, fresh meats, fish and poultry that is not breaded, batter-coated or marinated, fruit, most dairy products, potatoes, rice, vegetables.
- Abstain from barley, bulgur, durum, farina, graham flour, rye, semolina, spelt, triticale, wheat, beer, breads, cakes, pies, candy, cereal, cookies, crackers, croutons, gravy, imitation meats or seafood, oats, pasta, processed luncheon meats, salad dressing, sauces (including soy sauce), self-basting poultry and soups.

Cutting out a lot of the non-allowed foods from your diet may lead to mal-nutrition and deficiencies and you may have to take supplements to keep up your levels of calcium, folate, iron, vitamin B-12, D, and K. Don't use them of your own accord; they will be prescribed by your doctor or recommended by the dietitian and supply all you need.

Our life's journey is not an easy one either. Faith, persistence and perseverance however will overcome all the unexpected and unpleasant surprises we may come across. Don't go of on your own accord, but follow God's guidance, leadership, and recommendations; He supplies all you need!

Philippians 4:19
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.


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