Are you suddenly experiencing symptoms from eating gluten? You can develop an intolerance to gluten at any age.

This can leave you feeling frustrated and confused. You don’t know why this is happening after feeling fine eating anything for most of your life. It’s likely that you have carried a gene for gluten intolerance without knowing it and something in your life triggered the gene to be expressed. Often the symptoms appear after a life- changing experience. This can be anything dramatic that happens in your life such as; childbirth, a job loss, a breakup or anything that is a big change for you.

Gluten Intolerance

Gluten intolerance is a broad term that can refer to celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity.  The immune system response is triggered by eating gluten. The response can cause a variety of symptoms. Gluten is the protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Research indicates that gluten sensitivity is less severe than celiac disease because intestinal damage does not occur. However, the symptoms from eating gluten may be significant for those with non-celiac gluten intolerance.

Going Gluten-Free

Now that you’ve discovered your gluten sensitivity its time to make some changes in your diet. change takes time so be patient with yourself., Moving to a gluten-free diet will slowly allow you to feel better and get healthier, which will help you find the motivation to continue with your new gluten-free lifestyle.

 

Here are the first three steps to take to begin your gluten-free life:

 

Step 1: Learn about gluten-free foods. Consult with a nutritionist who can help you with the dietary changes. Your nutritionist can give you meal ideas and food preparation techniques that are safe. Buy a

 

 

Step 2: Make your environment gluten-free. Remove breads, pastas, crackers, chips and cereals from your kitchen. You can donate it or throw away. Make sure all knives and cooking surfaces are sanitized to avoid cross-contamination.

 

 

Step 3: Make the announcement. Tell everyone you know; friends, family and co-workers that you are gluten-free. Now they will understand why you are making certain food choices and hopefully they won’t pressure you to eat something with gluten.