Last month the FDA released new label standards for gluten free labeling. Today, people without celiac disease are avoiding gluten for other health reasons. Some feel that gluten containing foods increase appetite, can cause bloating or gas, and may also cause blood sugar instability. In practice, I have seen incredible results with everything from weight loss to autoimmune thyroid disease (Hashimoto’s) as well. With the new labeling standards in place, it made me think about the need for REAL foods that are naturally gluten free—no labels required. Here are two quick tips to make your gluten free life a little easier:
- Think outside the box when it comes to breakfast. Who says you can’t eat leftover chicken and broccoli for breakfast? More traditional options might be an apple with nut butter, smoothie packed with spinach, frozen raspberries and unsweetened almond milk, or an easy skillet with veggies such as asparagus, peppers and mushrooms and a couple of eggs.
- Snack smart. Reach for real food options: carrots and guacamole, pear and cashews or a tomato with goat cheese. Notice that all of these items include two important food groups—plants and protein. This combination of food keeps you full for longer due to the fiber and stabilizes your blood sugar due to the protein.
Simplify your gluten free life by sticking to foods naturally free of gluten: plant foods like vegetables and fruits, proteins from animals, fish, nuts and legumes, and oils. Eating gluten free is more about changing your lifestyle and habits, rather than following a trend or following a new “diet.”