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I’m new to the gluten-free diet, where do I start?
What gluten-free flour do you recommend for baked goods?
Instead of blending my own flour, I have found it convenient to use gluten-free flour blends that are already commercially available. They work as a good cup for cup substitute in all your gluten-free dessert recipes.
The flour blend I find myself using most is Bob’s 1-to-1 Gluten-Free Flour Blend (priced well on Amazon). I also like to use Pamela’s All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour Blend. I also bake a lot with alternative flours and recommend Honeyville Blanched Almond Flour and Otto’s Cassava Flour.
I like to eat out. Is it safe to do and how do you eat out safely while maintaining your gluten-free diet?
Eating out safely is not an easy thing to discuss. Some people judge me for eating out, but I like to eat out and it helps me feel normal.
When eating out, ALWAYS let your server know you need a safe, gluten-free meal. Express the seriousness of your request. Also try to order foods that are as naturally gluten-free as possible to avoid cross contamination.
I highly recommend reading my ebook, Eating Out Gluten-Free: The Ultimate Guide to Dining at Restaurants and On-the-Go , to help you eat out more confidently as a newly minted gluten-free dinner.
I also offer to tools to help you eat out safely:
- Download my Gluten-Free Safe Dining Card here. Print it and show it to your server when you eat out.
- Look into getting a Nima Sensor. This is a portable device you can use to test your food for gluten BEFORE you take a bite.
I’ve tested dozens of restaurants for hidden gluten – you can see a full list of them by scrolling through my Nima Tested Archives.
How to know if I have celiac disease?
How do I know if it’s just a gluten sensitivity or another food sensitivity?
You can get tested for gluten sensitivity – read more about how in this article.
I also recommend these at-home food sensitivity tests from Everlywell.
The science behind food sensitivity tests is fledging, so they should be used for fun, not for diagnosing a condition.
I was just diagnosed with celiac disease. Is there a good book you recommend?
The BEST book I have read on celiac disease and gluten sensitivities is The Autoimmune Fix by Dr. Tom O’Bryan. He makes you realize that it’s more than just gluten making and keeping you sick. If you’re serious about healing, read this book!!
I really enjoyed Jennifer’s Way by Jennifer Esposito. She shares her journey to get a celiac disease diagnosis – it’s very touching.
Another book that really got to me is Undoctored by Dr. William Davis (author of the famed Wheat Belly). This is more about being grain-free and learning to take your health into your own hands vs. being dependent on doctors and pills. It’s well written.
Are there any gluten-free cookbooks you recommend?
I like Elana Amsterdam’s The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook. It was one of the first cookbooks I ever bought when I first started on my gluten-free journey. I also recommend Heather Christo’s Pure Delicious (150+ allergy-friendly recipes).
If you’re learning how to cook and bake, a few books I recommend are Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat (for cooking techniques) as well as Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking (for baking ratios and techniques). These books have made me a better home cook and baker.
I find myself looking for recipes online and then trying to make them gluten-free. That is most fun to me! The library is also a great place to check out cookbooks and take them for a test drive.
What is the best gluten-free recipe you’ve ever made?
It’s hard to choose just one, but my chocolate chip applesauce cake is to die for. Make it once and it’ll be forever in your rotation.
Is it true that I can get glutened from lip products and cosmetics?
Yes, it is. Many cosmetic products contain gluten and if you ingest them, run for the toilets! I recommend gluten-free lip products from Red Apple Lipstick. It’s one of the VERY few brands that is completely certified gluten-free.
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