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Some Words of Encouragement...

You’ve made up your mind that you are ready to go gluten-free. Congratulations on your decision!  We're firm believers in the power of positive thinking, so here a few words of encouragement to help get you started...

  • A big concern most people have is that they won’t be able to enjoy the foods they love. Gluten-free products, including baked goods and recipes, have come A LONG way in the past ten years. Now is an excellent opportunity to explore new foods and get creative in the kitchen. Many of us get stuck in an eating rut - see this as a great excuse to try something new and expand your tastebuds! 
     
  • Because so many people are switching to a gluten-free diet, it is not hard to access delicious, gluten-free foods, even in your favorite restaurants. You’ll be surprised at how accommodating waitstaff and chefs will be. The fact that gluten-free eating is becoming much more of the norm across the country really helps potentially awkward (and hungry) situations.
     
  • Remember - you are doing this for your overall health and because you want to feel better!  Some of the impact you may be able to feel directly, some may be more preventative, but this is about creating vibrant health. You are empowering yourself to enjoy optimal health, and soon you will wonder what the big deal was - it’s just a matter of time. 

Give this a try...

Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy, and not even be aware of it. Take some quiet time to reflect on the following questions and explore what life would be like if you felt better. Feel free to write down some of your ideas if it's helpful.  Remember to be completely honest with yourself - even if the answers that arise surprise you.  This is a conversation between you and you.  

  • How would feeling healthy, energetic and vibrant change your daily life?
  • What is exciting about that? 
  • What is frightening about feeling better? 
  • Are there things in your life that you don’t have to do because you don’t feel well?
  • How can you let go or address your fears and step into health?

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

― Marianne Williamson, Return to Love

drnicola
it is SO important to stay positive and support each other! don't feel like you're alone.....
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Mary Gerodetti
Making a commitment to change something as essential as what and how you eat is enormous and at times overwhelming. I find the GFP website so very helpful, making the journey to a gluten free life style much easier. Mary
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Boop
Is the transition gradual or all at one time?
gijaz
Feeling healthier would allow me to feel better about myself and if Im feeling good I will want to do more and that's exciting to me to have that extra energy to do the things I enjoy or have always wanted to try. Get the pep back into my life. I have no fear for improving health and feeling well and alive with energy. I would be a better person and project positive vibrant energy and the kind of person people will enjoy having around.... more
Feeling healthier would allow me to feel better about myself and if Im feeling good I will want to do more and that's exciting to me to have that extra energy to do the things I enjoy or have always wanted to try. Get the pep back into my life. I have no fear for improving health and feeling well and alive with energy. I would be a better person and project positive vibrant energy and the kind of person people will enjoy having around. A better wife, a better mother, daughter, sister, aunty, employee, friend, a better person. less
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trapp7749
I'm trying this due to I am having major back problems and inflamation. The doctor told me to cut out wheat and dairy. First its hard because I have teenagers I also have to cook for. I am a chef but find it hard to cook two different ways. I already have cut out my diet pop and I'm drinking more water but I am still finding this hard to do. It is like I have to make two shopping trips for myself, am I making this harder then what it needs to be?... more
I'm trying this due to I am having major back problems and inflamation. The doctor told me to cut out wheat and dairy. First its hard because I have teenagers I also have to cook for. I am a chef but find it hard to cook two different ways. I already have cut out my diet pop and I'm drinking more water but I am still finding this hard to do. It is like I have to make two shopping trips for myself, am I making this harder then what it needs to be? I can't seem to find a right meal planner for myself. Can anyone help? less
Jan
I, too, have a blended "eating" household! I have a husband and son who can eat anything and a daughter with celiac disease and one who's gluten sensitive. We have developed some wonderful gluten-free recipes and meal ideas that everyone in the family loves to eat. I think cooking separate foods for each meal can be daunting. ... more
I, too, have a blended "eating" household! I have a husband and son who can eat anything and a daughter with celiac disease and one who's gluten sensitive. We have developed some wonderful gluten-free recipes and meal ideas that everyone in the family loves to eat. I think cooking separate foods for each meal can be daunting. If you're willing to create a menu from the website, you can also select to avoid dairy as well as gluten. A weekly menu plan will come up with a variety of ideas for meals and recipes without gluten and dairy. Be sure that these are foods you would enjoy eating or delete those meals and search for additional ideas (in the left column). Once you have a menu plan with foods you'd enjoy eating you can also print out a grocery list to take with you to the store. You can always shop for foods with gluten in them for your teenagers, but also make sure you have plenty of healthy fruits and vegetables and gluten-free foods for you. less
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kateyl
I just started eating gluten/dairy free. Today is day 5 and I already feel the difference. Maybe I'm crazy, but my body doesn't seem to ache when I get up in the morning. As each day passes & I feel better, it is easier and easier to continue :) It will be an exciting challenge to create meal plans that will please my household.
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Mozmom
One thing I noticed when I first started doing GF was my concentration and clarity improved. Truly a long lingering fog started to lift. It's now my time to become a healthy mind, body and soul. I encourage everyone to pace themselves, and know that this is possible and you will feel so much better in the long run. Best to all!
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Mozmom
One thing I noticed when I first started doing GF was my concentration and clarity improved. Truly a long lingering fog started to lift. It's now my time to become a healthy mind, body and soul. I encourage everyone to pace themselves, and know that this is possible and you will feel so much better in the long run. Best to all!
Mozmom
Sorry! Forgive the double-post! :)
Mozmom
Sorry! Forgive the double-post! :)
susabelle
I have now tried several mixes of gluten free items , I have made a vanilla cake that wasnt too bad. this morning I made pancakes from red mill gluten free pancake mix. there is a taste that I am aware of in all gluten free items. it is not a pleasant taste. I miss biting into awarm roll and tasting that warm bread as I know it. what is that taste present in all gluten free mixes.
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Jan
Hi Susabelle. Not sure what the "taste" is, but I agree, there is something that we're not used to when using other flours besides wheat. Most of us grew up with products made from wheat flour and became accustom to that flavor. I have thoroughly enjoyed making and eating pancakes using Pamela's Baking and Pancake mix. I add a little flaxseed and a sliced banana and/or blueberries and they are delicious!!... more
Hi Susabelle. Not sure what the "taste" is, but I agree, there is something that we're not used to when using other flours besides wheat. Most of us grew up with products made from wheat flour and became accustom to that flavor. I have thoroughly enjoyed making and eating pancakes using Pamela's Baking and Pancake mix. I add a little flaxseed and a sliced banana and/or blueberries and they are delicious!! I tried many recipes, but this is so fast and easy, it's been a great go to for a pancake breakfast. My gluten eating family and friends gobble them up too. less
goodgal
I've been ill for at least 25 years and can barely walk. I figure I needed to find out if this would help.
Jan
I am so sorry to hear that you've been ill for such an extended period of time and not being able to walk well too. Yikes. Using the Elimination Diet protocol may be helpful for you, as well as, printing out a copy of the Elimination Diet Log, near the end of the article. Using the protocol and log will help you to better understand if removing gluten from your diet, is in fact, helping you with your health issues. I hope it's beneficial for you. Best of luck on your journey of discovery!!
joelle melillo
I started eating gluten free alittle over 3 weeks ago and there is no more pain. I have also lost 4 pounds and my stomach is not as bloated as it was. I am introducing new GF foods alittle at a time and have eaten more salads and fruit than ever. I couldn't get on to your website because I forgot my password but I am on now and looking forward to trying all these different recipe's and other new food reccommendations. Thanks for helping us all out.
kklevy
I want to make sure that this is real - the true cause of the thyroid problem, rather than part of a fad and a way to make the guy who sells supplements extra dollars.
rhonda
I'm a "newbie" to gluten free eating, but I truly want to get myself well and enjoying vibrant health again! I am so glad I found this site. I think it's going to help me AND my husband tremendously! Thank you!
Pocoparker
Have severe bloat and want to see if this helps
jjunebug58
I have looked over my menu plan and don't see food amounts for the receipts .
Jan
Think of Meals/Snacks as a complete meal that you might order from a restaurant menu. GFP meals/snacks do not list quantities. Most GFP meals and snacks leave portion control up to the user. Whether you're preparing foods for yourself or for a family, you decide the quantity. An accurate and easy way to determine healthy food portions is to use a hand, which unlike a measuring cup is something people have with them all of the time.... more
Think of Meals/Snacks as a complete meal that you might order from a restaurant menu. GFP meals/snacks do not list quantities. Most GFP meals and snacks leave portion control up to the user. Whether you're preparing foods for yourself or for a family, you decide the quantity. An accurate and easy way to determine healthy food portions is to use a hand, which unlike a measuring cup is something people have with them all of the time. A portion of protein is the size and width of a palm, a serving of starchy carbohydrates is the size of a fist and a serving of fat is half of a thumb, according to many nutritionists and dietitians. I hope this helps. Recipes do list quantities! less
st5155
I have had chronic urticaria for about 8 yrs now and it is a daily occurrence now. My Dermatologist says that 99% of sufferers never find the cause. Depressing. I am going to try gluten free to see if my allergy is wheat related. No G I or cognitive symptons. Long shot, perhaps, but worth a try!
Jan
That does sound really frustrating, another medical dilemma. Utilizing the Elimination Diet protocol may be helpful for you to determine whether or not omitting gluten from your diet may be of benefit. Sending positive thoughts.
FREDA
I finished chemo and now I am starting radiation. I have been swelling for years. I want to try gluten free foods to Improve my lymph system. I look forward to talking, sharing with everyone.
Jan
I wish you improved health! Would love to hear if you notice any benefit from consuming a gluten-free diet. Focusing on healthy, natural foods is ideal for healing. I hope the GFP approach for increasing your fruits, vegetables and low glycemic food consumption works well for you!
FreeMove
Stick to your menu!!! Fear of adding something new to your menu is emotional because you feel better!
jamiross007
I have not been tested positive for celiac disease or food allergies but I know now 100% that I CANNOT have gluten. I have been on a green smoothie detox for almost a week now and my flareups and psoriasis is gone. Inotice I have more energy my joints don't hurt. I felt like I had fibroymialga or something I dnt know if it is celiac or just that I cnt have gluten. Either way I feel like a new woman and my gut is gone.... more
I have not been tested positive for celiac disease or food allergies but I know now 100% that I CANNOT have gluten. I have been on a green smoothie detox for almost a week now and my flareups and psoriasis is gone. Inotice I have more energy my joints don't hurt. I felt like I had fibroymialga or something I dnt know if it is celiac or just that I cnt have gluten. Either way I feel like a new woman and my gut is gone. It is however overwhelming but I am introducing food into my system very slowly and keeping a food dairy starting Thursday. Any tips or suggestions are helpful and needed less
m.sims
Am so tired of the "forgetfulness" and my kids always saying.....don't you remember? Am hoping to find better mental health as a result of a GF diet.
Jan
Brain fog, sluggishness, forgetfulness all seem to be symptoms of celiac disease and/or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Many people are finding a lessening of symptoms as they embark on a gluten-free diet. My only suggestion is that you may consider being tested for celiac disease before starting to go GF.... more
Brain fog, sluggishness, forgetfulness all seem to be symptoms of celiac disease and/or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Many people are finding a lessening of symptoms as they embark on a gluten-free diet. My only suggestion is that you may consider being tested for celiac disease before starting to go GF. Here is a wonderful checklist to review and show your doctor if you notice two or more symptoms that may indicate celiac disease.http://celiac.org/celiac-disease/symptoms/checklist/ Good luck less
mare
in the past 5 years I feel as though I have lost alot of my energy. I feel I dont enjoy the things I used to do and love! I am ready to make a change and begin enjoying my life!
Jan
I hope you feel a surge of energy as you try eating gluten-free, but also by making healthy and nutritious food choices. I'd love to hear about your results.
columbia58
I am excited about becoming more healthy.
James759
I think this is going to be a big change for my family and me. I just hope we can maintain this for the long run. The health of my family and myself has be become a priority.
Crittercrazygirl
I'm starting to get excited about this, when the nutritionist first told me it felt overwhelming but the more I read and research, the more I think I can do it and I'm excited that I might start to feel better!
Genevieve
I thought Nelson Mandela was the author of this gem!
Genevieve
Anyway, it is a good thing to stay away from gluten products which our bodies are really not evolved to process, I believe. Since I have been gluten free honestly, I have never felt more alive and well. I hope that others gain as much as I have. Cheers.
cweiss
I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease about one month ago. After going gluten free, I feel so much better, after day 3 I could tell a big difference. I was really afraid that something was happening to my mind. Going gluten free is so worth it. I can think again!!!