The Five Stages of Finding Out You Have to go Gluten Free

Finding out you have a gluten allergy or intolerance can sound like a culinary death sentence. As someone who recently received this news myself, trust me - we’re soul sisters now.

The challenges that come with this dietary restriction can be overwhelming, but today more than ever it is easily manageable. The number of gluten-free options have increased immensely in the past 10 years.

I’m here to give you a little perspective. So, pull yourself out of panic mode and brace yourself for an educational overload. I promise you’ll get through this; we’ll get through this together.

1. Mourning

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Yes, this does seem dramatic. And yes, it is necessary. Loss is still loss no matter what form it comes in. Change has to be processed before it can be accepted. Now, go eat your favorite bread for one last hoorah.

2. Researching

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Whenever we want to know more about something our first instinct is to head to our lord and savior, Google. In this case, do precisely that. Understanding the background of your allergy or intolerance is key to planning a new lifestyle. Learning about what foods you can and cannot eat is a crucial step.

3. Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest

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So, we all already know Pinterest is the place to go when you want - or, in this case, need -  to reinvent yourself. Your diet is no exception. There are thousands of recipes sans gluten to satisfying every craving you could have. From classic dinner dishes to comfort food to sweets and treats, you’ll find something to satisfy your taste buds.

4. Meal Prepping

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Who doesn’t love feeling productive? Meal prep may be time-consuming, but let me tell you it’s a real accomplishment. The satisfaction you feel after you have prepared your meals for the week is unparalleled. The best part of meal prep, though, is ensuring you have less room to deviate from your nutritional path and that there is no accidental gluten consumption.

5. Forgiveness

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I know what you’re thinking, and it’s probably along the lines of  “What in the world is she thinking?” but hear me out. You have to forgive your body for not being able to properly digest and process gluten. You also have to forgive yourself if you have a slip-up. Whether it be conscious or not, it is going to happen. You cannot beat yourself up over it. It may be a cliche, but mistakes happen, so cut yourself some slack and learn to love your new foodie lifestyle.