Gluten-free Lifestyle Tips

CHA Dietitian Shares Tips for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle

Rebecca Toutant, MA, RD, LDN, CHA Registered Dietitian

In recognition of May as Celiac Disease Awareness Month, CHA dietitian Rebecca Toutant has helpful tips for living a gluten-free lifestyle.

In celiac disease, the immune system reacts to gluten and the reaction may cause short and long term problems. The treatment is to avoid all foods and products that are made with or have come in contact with wheat, rye, and barley. Follow these tips to educate yourself and stay healthy.

  • Eat unprocessed foods such as fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, milk, eggs, unprocessed beef, pork, poultry, fish, rice, corn, beans/lentils, potato, sweet potato, plantain, and yucca. This makes the diet easier, less expensive, and healthier.
  • If a food is processed (e.g., it comes in a box, bag, or can), read the label carefully. Look for the words “gluten-free.”
  • Be sure your soap, toothpaste, lip balm, lotion, and makeup are gluten-free.
  • Educate friends and family about cross-contamination. Wash your hands, pots, pans, utensils, countertops, stove tops, and cutting boards when preparing gluten-free foods.
  • Join a support network. Online forums and in-person support groups are great ways to learn more about new foods and local restaurants with gluten-free options.

This article provides general information for educational purposes only. The information provided in this article, or through linkages to other sites, is not a substitute for medical or professional care, and you should not use the information in place of a visit, call consultation or the advice of your physician or other healthcare provider. Thank you.