Give gluten-free cooking a try
When my daughter was five, she suffered from chronic headaches and indigestion issues that seemed to have no cause. Tests finally revealed that food allergies—specifically, a sensitivity to gluten—were the culprit. What is gluten? It is a general name for proteins found in barley, rye, and wheat; gluten is the glue that holds many foods together. Within a week of starting a gluten-free diet, my daughter quit complaining about headaches. Her stomach was no longer distended, her energy levels were up, and she was sleeping through the night again. For people who are sensitive or allergic to gluten or who have celiac disease, the right diet can be life-changing!
Learning to cook gluten free is a challenge, but not an impossible one. With a little knowledge and patience, the family cook can adapt meals. Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Keep it simple. Focus on whole, naturally gluten-free foods such as nuts, eggs, cheeses, meat, and fresh fish.
- Be sure to read labels on processed foods. Gluten is often in the ingredient list.
- Take a trip to the library or local book store and find some new and inspiring cookbooks.
- Join an online social group for support and to share ideas.