Gluten-Free Resolutions
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Dec 24 2012

Gluten-Free Resolutions

The gluten-free diet often gets a bad rap. It has been said that it is unhealthy. This is most likely because people are replacing “treats” with gluten-free versions, but the bottom line is they are still “treats”. A diet is what you make it. If you were to look up the word diet in the dictionary, you would find the following definition:

a : food and drink regularly provided or consumed

b : habitual nourishment

c : the kind and amount of food prescribed for a person or animal for a special reason

d : a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one’s weight <going on a diet>

(source)

A gluten-free diet can be a very healthy diet if the proper foods are chosen. Many people choose the new year to make resolutions and start new diets, exercise plans, etc. If you have been on the gluten-free diet for years, but are looking to make some healthy changes, now is the time. If you are just starting the gluten-free diet, now is the time to focus on getting the most out of it. Many who are just starting the gluten-free diet are doing so because they have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. These individuals really need to focus on getting healthy, nutrient-dense, gluten-free food to help restore health as quickly as possible.

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When making resolutions for the new year, follow these simple rules for goal setting:

  • S – Specific – Write out exactly what you hope to achieve and how you plan on doing so.
  • M- Measurable – This can be done with a scale, measuring tape, etc.
  • A – Attainable – Choosing a goal that is attainable allows you to feel a sense of accomplishment and makes it less likely that you will be tempted to throw in the towel.
  • R – Realistic – Choose a goal that is challenging, but within reach. Don’t set yourself up for failure.
  • T –Timely – Set a reasonable amount of time to reach said goal.

Now it’s time to talk food. One of the easiest ways to eat gluten-free is by focusing on whole, unprocessed foods. These foods also tend to be healthier, making them perfect for this time of year. There are so many naturally gluten-free foods, it is hard to list them all, but you can read about some of my favorites here. I am a firm believer in moderation, so don’t avoid treats, but they don’t need to be part of your daily diet. Choose gluten-free treats mindfully. I do this by choosing dark chocolate for its antioxidants, a glass of red wine is good for the heart and making cakes and other baked goods with pumpkin, applesauce and zucchini for added nutrients.

Have you thought about your resolutions for the new year yet?

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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