Ready to live a wheat free life? Enthusiasm and excitement are a great start. You’ll also need to get organized. I can tell you from experience that the first time you slip up and eat wheat will be because you didn’t plan ahead.
One mistake doesn’t mean all your prior efforts are wiped out but it’s not fun. You’ll likely experience a few side effects and well, there’s the pride factor to consider. After a few weeks of being wheat free you’re going to be quite proud of your new found health and your accomplishment. Slipping up because of poor planning is a huge bummer.
Let’s talk about good planning
Wheat Free Life: Planning Tip #1 Meal Planning
The first step, and this may sound too type A or too organized for some folks but bear with me, make a meal plan. Identify what you’re going to eat for every meal this week. Actually, I only plan three or four days out because my veggies go bad. But if you don’t have time to hit the supermarket twice a week, plan for the whole week.
Decide what you’re going to have for breakfast, lunch, dinner and please oh please don’t forget to plan for snacks. That’s where you’re most likely to make a mistake.
If you’re terrible at planning for snacks like I am, consider buying or making raw bars. They’re made from nuts and dried fruit and are quite satisfying. Lara Bars, are one type of snack bar that you can buy in the store. You can also make your own.
Choose recipes and make a list. When you go to the store, shop from your list. Steer clear of the processed food aisles and stick to the perimeter of the store – that’s where the produce is found. You’ll still have to read labels but there will be fewer to read.
Wheat Free Life: Planning Tip #2 Enjoy Food
It’s important to think of food as something that’s enjoyable, particularly when you’re eliminating something as prevalent as gluten. Some days you might feel like there’s nothing you can eat. Make eating a luxurious and delightful endeavor.
Add fresh herbs to your meals. Eat foods you haven’t eaten before and enjoy produce that’s bright and colorful. There’s something fun about eating a purple potato. Don’t hesitate to try new foods and explore. And remember to treat yourself to foods that you might miss. For example, I really like having a piece of bread in the morning with my breakfast. I found an apple and almond flour waffle recipe that helped satisfy that craving.
Wheat Free Life: Planning Tip #3 Make it Easier On Yourself
I found that there were a handful of tips and tools that I just couldn’t live without. For example, a crock-pot is a wonderful thing. You can put dinner in the pot in the morning and come home to a fully cooked meal. And Sundays are for breakfast.
Every Sunday I make a freezable batch of gluten free waffles and baked egg cups. Breakfast is done for the week and I can rest easy knowing that everyone in the family has a good start to their day. Some weekends I make a batch of gluten free tortillas with almond and coconut flour so lunchtime sandwiches are simple too. Find system and tools that work for you.
In the next post we’re going to take a look at the one thing that trips most everyone up, going out to eat.