If you have landed on our website, then no doubt you have coeliac disease or gluten intolerance. We know many people with these issues, so we know how difficult it can be for you. we also understand what it takes to start living a normal life, at least as far as food is concerned – going to restaurants, drinking alcohol, eating cakes, etc. – we don’t have any advice on what to do with the rest of your time!
Here are four of tips that we think we’ll help. Some of them are obvious, but you might not have heard of others. We hope that we teach you something new.
1.Check your medication
Many people fail to realise that there could be gluten in their medication. This happens because the manufacturers will sometimes use wheat as a bulking agent, to keep the ingredients together in pill form. It is important that you discuss this issue with your doctor, as they will be able to advise you about staying safe. For example, they might refer you to a pharmacist who can in turn source the medicine from a gluten-free manufacturer.
2.Where there’s wheat there’s a way
Cross contamination is a big problem for people suffering from gluten allergies and intolerances. Cross contamination can happen at home, or in a factory, so you have to be careful when preparing food at home, and when buying products in the shops. Here’s some advice:
a.When making food at home (whether gluten free jam and toast, main meals, anything) make sure that you use separate utensils to those that have touched gluten-containing products. You should also have separate condiments, such as butter, to avoid cross contamination. For instance, if someone in your household butters their toast, then sticks the knife back in the butter to get some more, they will have contaminated the butter with bits of toast, and if you eat this, you can have a reaction. Keep things separate.
b.When buying from the supermarket, always read the label to make sure there is not cross contamination. Products that sport the “Crossed Grain” symbol are safe; it indicates that there was no cross contamination. Of course, if you specifically buy gluten free foods in the UK, then they is no risk as it’s illegal for manufactures to label food gluten free if there’s a risk that it isn’t.
3.Make substitutions in order to enjoy all the foods you used to
Clearly, you will have to cut out lots of favourites, including pasta, pizza, black pudding, some yoghurt, sausages, processed foods, lager, beer, ale, some wine, some types of rice, etc. That can seem horrible – these are all the nation’s favourite foods. Fortunately, you can buy gluten free foods. These are the same foods, just without gluten. Therefore, you can enjoy all your old favourites.
4.Always read the label
Finally, you should always read the label when buying anything that you consume, such as foods, drinks, and medication. It’s the only way to ensure that you stay safe. As you become more accustomed to doing this, it will become easier. It’s just a habit, and as with all habits, it takes time to learn, but you will get there in the end.
We hope that you found our article informative. If you would like further help and advice, then please get in touch.