Of course, there's a caveat here which is that there really is no regulation of gluten-free labeling. Because of this, there's a movement to gain federal regulation standards for gluten-free labeling. This is extremely important because we need to feel safe and we want to know that our friends and family are safe. If something is labeled gluten-free, we don't want to have to worry that we might still get sick from it. You can learn more about that here.
But that isn't the point of this post. The point now is that once you've passed that monumental first day hurdle, that's when the real work starts. There are a number of steps you then need to take to become comfortable with your new gluten-free life:
- Learn where gluten is hidden, what brands you can trust, and how to avoid cross-contamination
- Learn how to handle social situations and family/friends who think you can "just eat one bite."
- Learn how to successfully eat out gluten-free
- Learn how to travel gluten-free
- Make the shift from processed gluten-free foods to whole foods. This includes:
- Learning how to cook gluten-free
- Learning how to bake gluten-free
- Learning how to eat to speed up the healing process.