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by Justin Price 11 Jan, 2018
In an ideal world your home would be 100% gluten free - but that isn’t always practical - especially when you have those in your household who do not need to be on a gluten free diet.

So the next best way is to keep things as separate as possible. This means…

  • Keeping surfaces clean - particularly important with things like bread crumbs and flours which tend to get everywhere!
  • Have a designated set of cooking utensils, washing up bowls and serving equipment for use during gluten free cooking and dining.
  • Purchase a set of chopping boards that are specifically for gluten free food preparation.
  • Ensuring that serving spoons are not mixed between dishes - or in condiments such as mustards and jams.
  • Keeping all foods such as gluten free pasta, oats, flours and other naturally gluten free ingredients such as lentils, rice and beans in well sealed glass containers that are clearly labelled.
  • Store gluten free items above those that contain items in cupboards so that there is less chance of particles falling down into gluten free foods.
  • Better yet - store gluten free items in their own separate cupboard when possible.
  • Ensure that dish-washing is thorough and where possible wash non gluten free utensils separately.
  • Buy a toaster that is dedicated to only being used for gluten free bread based products.
  • Ensure that everyone in the household understands how important it is to keep to these protocols to ensure your health is not compromised and there is a much lower risk of cross contamination.

If you are in any doubt as to whether your cross contamination protocols are being efficient - consider purchasing GlutenDetect to use sporadically as a way of monitoring your gluten exposure.
by Justin Price 11 Jan, 2018
A Gluten Free breakfast that is quick to grab

Cereal may not have the best reputation, however when you make your own in advance full of nutritious and delicious ingredients - it makes a great speedy alternative to packets from the super market and allows you to know exactly what has gone in it. This recipe here from the Free From Fairy for gluten free muesli is simple and can be made in a big batch ready to throw in a bowl with yoghurt, milk or on top of a smoothie bowl.
by Justin Price 11 Jan, 2018
Focus on whole foods

Of course there are many of your favourite foods now available in gluten free formulations - however to be labelled as gluten free, the food only has to contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. This means that  some of the shop bought packaged goods might not be 100% truly gluten free and could still affect  your condition.

However, if you stick to a diet of whole foods - meaning food in its simplest form that is naturally gluten free such as fresh vegetables, meat, fish, dairy products, beans, pulses and pseudo cereals such as quinoa - then you can be more certain that unless cross contamination has occurred in preparation - they are truly gluten free.

Eating out in restaurants

There are many places that cater very well for gluten free diets - however when possible it is always advisable to contact the restaurant in advance to warn them of your requirements and ask them what their procedures are to avoid any cross contamination.

Ensure you communicate fully with the waiting staff when you are in the venue and look for ingredients that you know are naturally gluten free if you are unsure. There are also some fabulous websites and apps where you can get the run down on gluten free friendly eateries. Try Eat Safe App for places in and around London, Coeliac UK has a list of accredited venues here and The Gluten Free Blogger has a whole section dedicated to eating out gluten free here .  There is also a Facebook group here which is all about eating out as a Coeliac.

Eating out at friends

A lot of the time people simply do not understand why it would be so bad for someone with Coeliac Disease, or an allergy to gluten, to consume it - in which case it can be difficult to explain just how important it is that your diet, or perhaps the diet of your child, is truly gluten free. However, with a little explanation you can avoid any awkward conversations or risk of going hungry.

Most people understand the seriousness of a nut allergy and would not dream of undermining the effects - so educate your friends and family that you or your child’s requirements are no less important than if it were a nut allergy. And if it causes difficulty then offer to bring something you know is safe to eat so that both you and the hosts can relax fully.

Be shopping savvy

Most supermarkets have a dedicated food aisle for gluten free products - but a lot of other food is naturally gluten free so you aren’t restricted just to this section! If you are unsure of whether a food is gluten free or not, try the amazing Coeliac UK app to search from a huge range of foods. You can find out more here or search in the app store for Gluten Free Food Checker.

Search the internet for inspiration

It can be really hard at first to adopt a gluten free diet - you may feel like your options are being totally narrowed - however there are so many incredible resources out there with delicious recipes and alternative ideas - ranging from simple breakfast ideas and lunches to gourmet feasts and delicious cakes and treats. There are also a range of great support networks so you can connect with others on a similar journey - try Gluten Free And Me and Coeliacs in the UK for some great Facebook groups.

And finally, if you think you have been ‘glutened’ but can’t be totally sure, then make sure you have a stock of GlutenDetect tests in your bathroom cabinet so that you can very quickly gain peace of mind that your diet has been adhered to.
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