Individuals may choose to eat a gluten-free diet for a variety of reasons. For those who suffer with celiac disease and other gluten related health conditions, eating gluten free is critical to ensure better health. For some, consuming gluten can trigger immune system activity that damages the lining of the small intestine over time. This damage eventually prevents the absorption of nutrients from food. For those with celiac disease, gluten sensitivities, wheat allergies or other gluten related conditions, consuming gluten may also cause unpleasant symptoms such as stomach upset, headaches, aching joints, general body inflammation and other issues.
But Celiac disease is not the only motivation to follow a gluten-free diet. Many currently popular diets and eating plans include gluten-free foods as part of their food intake guidelines. Many health experts claim that a diet low in gluten or completely free of gluten can lead to weight loss, less body inflammation, clearer skin, overall improved health, better gastrointestinal health and even enhanced athletic performance.
Whatever your reason for choosing to eat gluten free, you probably realize that in order to do so you need to be very mindful of all components of your diet. Gluten can be found in beverages, medications and other unexpected places. As you embark on the gluten-free journey, it is important to read labels, make lists, ask questions and understand what does and does not contain gluten.
What you can eat
Many foods are naturally gluten-free and are also good for you, including fruits and vegetables, beans, seeds, legumes, nuts, eggs, unprocessed meats, fish, poultry and many low-fat dairy products. Some grains and starches are also gluten free, including arrowroot, buckwheat, corn, flax, millet, quinoa, rice and tapioca.
What you cannot eat
When following a gluten-free eating plan, do not consume wheat, barley, rye or oats in any form. Oats are naturally gluten free, but it is important to check labels carefully. Unless the oats you purchase are specifically marked gluten free, it is best not to consume them. Many are cross-contaminated with gluten since they may be processed in facilities that also process gluten.
Before consuming any processed food, be sure to read all packaging and labels. For a food to be considered officially gluten free, it must contain fewer than 20 parts per million of gluten, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Alcoholic beverages made with gluten-free ingredients (like grapes) may be labeled gluten free. Alcoholic beverages made with gluten (like beer) that have later had gluten removed are labeled as such and the label will state the true gluten content level cannot be determined. Read carefully.
Many, many processed foods contain gluten. Beer, bread, croutons, French fries, gravies, pastas, processed hotdogs and lunch meats, salad dressings, canned soups, dry soup mixes and a wide variety of other packaged foods all commonly contain gluten.
And many prescription and over-the-counter medicines may contain gluten, too. In medicines, gluten is used as a binding agent. Again, it is important to carefully read labels. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you have concerns about your medications, and ask if a gluten free version of your medicine is available.
Get some help
Due the exclusion of some foods, a gluten-free diet can tend to be low in important nutrients such as iron, calcium, fiber, thiamin, riboflavin, folate and niacin. Talk to your doctor before beginning any new eating plan, and discuss how you may monitor and handle potential deficiencies in these areas with supplements or additions of other foods.
Your local library, bookstore or convenient online marketplace is filled with a variety of gluten free cookbooks, eating plans, lists, diet guidance and other resources. Do a little reading and find out what you should and should not eat. Make lists of your favorite gluten free foods. Many keep gluten free eating very simple: simply prepared meats with simply prepared fruits or vegetables.
Gluten-free meal delivery
Did you know that many meal delivery services offer gluten free meals as one of their meal plan options? When many think of meal services, they may envision healthy, quick lunches or tasty, unique dinners. But many meal delivery services – including Fresh Meal Plan – also offer a wide variety of gluten-free meals to suit any taste, diet and lifestyle.
Meal delivery services not only offer convenience to busy folks, they also offer quick yet healthful meal solutions delivered right to your home or office. Meal calories, protein, fats and carbs are all calculated and noted on each breakfast, lunch or dinner meal or snack. And meals are available for a variety of eating plans including gluten-free, vegan, Paleo, Keto and other specific diets.
And gluten-free doesn’t have to be boring. Fresh Meal Plan gluten-free delivered meal options include garden vegetable frittata, strawberry almond pancakes, steak and eggs, Korean BBQ chicken pulled tacos, Kung Pao chicken, coconut curried cod, artichoke and lemon pesto turkey, turkey chili, Cantonese shrimp lo mein, Argentine steak, honey pecan crusted chicken and much more.
Fresh Meal Plan makes gluten-free eating simple
Fresh Meal Plan menus – whether gluten-free, vegan, Paleo, Keto or traditional – have been created by our five-star gourmet chef and co-founder. Meals have been carefully crafted with your health in mind. Fresh Meal Plan uses the finest, freshest, farm-to-table ingredients. All dishes are thoughtfully prepared to meet your unique dietary needs, and are designed to look beautiful, taste amazing and fuel your body.
The best prepared meal delivery service available, Fresh Meal Plan offers complete gluten-free meal solutions help you add some precious time back into your day for the things that matter most. Take the guesswork out of healthy, gluten-free eating and always have an answer to the question “what’s for dinner?” by using the Fresh Meal Plan fully-prepared meal delivery service.
The ultimate in time-saving convenience, Fresh Meal Plan offers fully-prepared and healthy meals that are delivered right to your door at a time that is convenient to your busy, active lifestyle. Meals arrive chilled in insulated packaging, for easy transfer to your refrigerator. When it’s time to eat, just heat and enjoy!