Eat Gluten-Free Without Going Broke, Part 2
Healthy diets come in many kinds and depend on the needs & tastes of individual households. Finding a healthy diet that fits you and your family takes trial, error and knowledge.
You may need to consult a health care practitioner for advice. Budget conscious cooking can be an extremely healthful way to feed your family- and even include organic foods.
The secret is to focus on inexpensive, natural, wholesome gluten-free whole foods. A whole food is anything that you could imagine growing, or that you eat all the edible parts of over time (such as a chicken). This reduces the cost of your food and may help you recover from any damage that gluten caused you.
Bumper crops can be frozen or canned for eating later in the year. Purchasing an organic, whole chicken often costs less than the breasts alone!
If you are not used to preparing and eating natural, unprocessed foods, please, be patient with yourself!
It takes time to learn how to cook new foods. It takes time to determine the best way to set up your kitchen as a productive workspace. It takes time for tastes to adjust to a more natural diet. Give your family time to adjust by changing gradually whenever possible. Spend afternoons preparing foods with loved ones.
If you know a great home cook, ask to spend time in their kitchen with them so that you can learn from their expertise. Most cooks are flattered by the attention. Experiment with new flavors and tastes- but gradually. There are many strategies you can use to gradually accustom your family to a new diet. If you need help, seek it!
Once you start eating whole, fresh, naturally gluten-free foods, you are likely to notice that you feel better too. A whole foods diet, prepared at home from fresh, natural foods is also higher in necessary nutrients to keep your body healthy long term. Whole food contains a broader spectrum of health-promoting nutrition than pills.
Many people starting on a gluten-free diet need extra, even specialized nutrition to make up for the nutrients that were absorbed poorly, or not at all because of intestinal damage caused by gluten.
It can take months, or even years in severe cases, for your body to heal and gain adequate nutritional status.
Check out the previous article in this series, and keep your eye out for the conclusion of this three part series on saving money while eating gluten-free!
Dr. Selena Eon practices in Bellevue, WA and you may contact her at
(206) 228-9537 or visit www.drselenaeon.com