How to be Gluten free on a Tight Budget

Going on a gluten-free diet is an extreme lifestyle change. It is by no
means easy. You will not be able to consume the foods that you love.
Any food that contains gluten or traces of it is out of the question.

Many gluten sensitive people suffer withdrawal symptoms and many quit the
gluten-free diet because of the sacrifices that are required. They’d
rather put up with the discomforts of gluten intolerance than give up
their comfort foods. This should never be the case because in the
long run, the toll on their health and well-being will be heavy.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse, you realize that most
gluten-free products that are sold are much more expensive than the
normal products. This is due to the extra processing time required to
remove the gluten. Of course, there is also the issue of economies of
scale.

The gluten-free food market is much smaller than the market for normal
food. So, everything gluten-free is produced at a higher cost which
needs to be borne by those who are already suffering from gluten
tolerance. Life is not fair indeed. Yet, we must roll with the blows
and make the best of a bad situation.

There are several ways you can cut your costs when living a gluten-free
lifestyle. This article will offer you a few tips. You can discover
more ways as you go along.

First and foremost, a gluten-free diet should only be adopted by those who
are gluten sensitive or gluten intolerant. It is not a trend or
“healthy” choice. The gluten-free diet is not like the Atkins,
paleo or Mediterranean diet. It is not healthier. It’s a solution
to a health problem. If your body can handle gluten, you really need
not be forking out money for gluten-free foods.

Since there are a wide variety of symptoms associated with gluten
sensitivity, it would be best to go to a doctor and get a blood test
done to confirm that you’re gluten sensitive. Just because you’re
feeling bloated and lethargic for a few days in a row, it doesn’t
mean you’re gluten sensitive.

You need to get a positive confirmation before committing to the
gluten-free lifestyle. You doctor is the best person to consult.

If you are indeed gluten intolerant and you’re the only one in your
family who is, don’t automatically assume that everyone in the
family needs to go on a gluten-free diet. Of course, you will need to
segregate your food and utensils but that’s about as far as you
should go.

Making everyone in your family go on a gluten-free diet will skyrocket the
food budget and not to mention, cause unnecessary hassle and
irritation to the rest.

There are many foods that are gluten-free.

In fact, the best and healthiest
foods are gluten-free. Dairy, meat, eggs, poultry, seafood,
vegetables, fruits, rice, quinoa, etc. are all foods that have no
gluten. If you adopt the Mediterranean diet and keep it gluten-free,
you will have tasty food at a decent budget. It doesn’t get better
than that.

Another thing you can do is make your own premade gluten-free products. There
are many premade gluten-free baking mixes sold in the market. Most
are relatively costly. You could buy the ingredients separately and
make your own mix at a fraction of the price. It will be cheaper and
most probably, healthier.

Buying in bulk will also cut your costs. Contact the supplier and cut out
the middleman. Find out if any of your neighbors or friends are on a
gluten-free diet. A few people ordering the same items at the same
time could definitely get a good price from the suppliers.

These are just some of the ways you can keep your costs low. The fact of
the matter is that most gluten-free products are unnecessary if you
learnt how to eat and season your food naturally.

Pick up tips on paleo cooking and Mediterranean style cooking. Using
natural ingredients to flavor mouth-watering dishes. Once you know
what to do, you may be able to spend even less than a normal person
would on food. It’s all a matter of being well-informed and making
wise decisions.

 

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