Saturday, 2 December 2017

Living Gluten Free: Sponsored by Genius Gluten Free

I'm forever meeting people who ask 'Do you find being gluten free really difficult?' and I always respond with the same answer: 'No, because I don't see it as being gluten free necessarily, I just eat as naturally as possible'.
Genius Gluten Free challenged me to share my coeli-hacks for adjusting to a gluten free lifestyle and although I am not coeliac I am sharing my 5 top tips for going gluten free - (All of which are just my opinion and personal experience*) So, here they are along with some of my fave Genius Gluten Free products:

1. Eat natural & wholesome

When I first went gluten free I'd go to the free-from section in supermarkets and pick up pretty much anything I could find because, well, it was gluten free so I was allowed it! BUT, my biggest downfall was probably picking up items I would never have even considered eating when I wasn't consciously avoiding gluten. Most of these items were those with a high sugar content too so I actually ended up 'binge' eating these foods which is never good and is certainly not sustainable. So my top tip for what to really eat when you are transitioning into a gluten free diet / lifestyle is to eat natural & wholesome foods along with a variety of the foods you'd normally have on a daily basis - and what I mean by that is if you would normally have toast in the morning then do so with gluten free bread (I recommend Genius Gluten Free's Farmhouse loaf).

2. Preparation

Gluten free food can be quite expensive if you're buying it out and about and in most cases it isn't always worth the money you are shelling out for it either. It can usually add up to quite a hefty cost if you are forever picking up your lunch or dinner on the go too so it's best to be prepared for when you're feeling a little peckish. So, my advice here may be obvious but if you can prepare food before you leave the house then do it! Make sandwiches for lunches, or take a bread roll with you to enjoy with some soup or salad, Genius Gluten Free do some delicious Breakfast Bakes that are great for those 11 o'clock munchies or if you need a quick breakfast option.

3. Be smart

Similar to my point above, but be smart when it comes to buying/ using gluten free food. Don't be fooled into thinking you have to eat extremely specialist free from foods. There are some amazing gluten free brands in the supermarket - Genius Gluten Free being one of them. Don't forget you can freeze loafs of gluten free bread so you can use it as and when you need it - This will help with keeping costs down. Genius Gluten Free do a half loaf so they are perfect to keep in your freezer, without taking up tonnes of room.

4. Remember what you can have!

This is a hugely important point to me - When I first went gluten free I felt this sense of deprivation and like everything I wanted to eat, I couldn't! I also started off as dairy free too (not anymore) so my options were slightly more limited but the key message here is not to beat yourself up about what you can't have and start remembering what you can have and that really is an awful lot more than you think!
Thankfully, these days there are so many options out there that are gluten free so it's just a matter of finding the ones you like the most and sticking with them. There are also some brilliant recipes that cater to gluten free cooking and baking so do a little research and get creative.
For anyone who knows me really well, will know I have a bit of a sweet tooth so I was extremely pleased to find Genius Gluten Free's muffins and cupcakes - They are both SO delicious too and are a great little treat to enjoy.

5. Eating out

I used to struggle to find things when I went out for meals but it's not all bad, (^ remember!) most restaurants are brilliant at catering for intolerance and allergies these days. All restaurants will have an allergens menu so just be sure to ask for that if you aren't sure whether something contains gluten. If the menu has components in other dishes that you can have then ask them to make you something up with those - most places should be able to accommodate your needs. There are some great speciality dining restaurants opening up in and around London now so if you want to ere on the side of caution they are usually pretty decent (just watch those price tags...)

If you're transitioning into a gluten free lifestyle then I hope these pointers have been useful. There is so much information about gluten free living so do your research (from trusted sources) but also remember to do what's best for you! Not everything will work for you but what's important is making sure you are not missing out on the food you love.

To find out more information about Genius Gluten Free products click here
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Any questions or comments please do get in contact :)

*Disclaimer - I am not a nutritionist nor am I a doctor. If you think you may need to go gluten-free due to intolerance or allergy seek professional medical advice from your doctor.

**All views and opinions are my own and are a true representation of my review for this product/brand

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