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Following a Gluten-Free Diet Plan Doesn’t
Have to Break the Bank

Eating gluten-free
can be very expensive. While the food is cheaper now than it was a few years
ago, when you have to follow a gluten-free diet plan, your grocery bill will
still suffer, even if you buy items that are on sale. However, there are other
ways that people with Celiac disease—an autoimmune disorder that makes gluten
impossible to digest properly—can save on their grocery bill and still stick to
their diet.

Diet and Weight Loss: Is It Possible?

If you read the
ingredients on most gluten-free foods, you will see that the gluten has been
substituted with foods that are high in starch, such as tapioca starch,
cornstarch, rice flour, or potato flour. All of these foods are very high in
carbs, and because of this many people think it’s impossible for a gluten-free
diet and weight loss to go together. However, there are other substitutions you
can make in your diet plan that don’t involve eating more starch.

Just Skip
the Carbs Altogether

Eggs and toast
go together so well that most people wouldn’t even think of eating one without
the other. However, those with Celiac often have two choices—eat toast that has
more carbs than regular bread, or skip the toast altogether. Eating eggs on
their own means you will start your day without added sugar, carbs, or starch.
You can continue your gluten-free diet plan at lunch by substituting lettuce
wraps instead of gluten-free tortillas or using raw vegetables in place of
crackers. At supper, you’ll find that making noodles out of zucchini, eggplant,
or spaghetti squash will taste delicious and save you from the high starch
gluten-free pasta sold in many stores.

Carbs That Are Not High in Starch

Quinoa, chia
seeds, psyllium fibre, and lentils are all great parts of a low-starch, gluten-free
diet plan. You might be surprised at what you can make from these foods. after
a couple of hours in the fridge, Chia seeds mixed with milk turns into “tapioca
pudding,” which you can flavour with vanilla, rum, almond extract, or anything
you like. Quinoa can be used instead of oatmeal, and its high protein content
makes it a great way to start your day. You can even make gluten-free granola
from lentils. If you’re not a fan of the aforementioned lettuce wraps, all-corn
tortillas make a great substitution for flour tortillas and are actually easy
to make. Ask your local grocery store if they carry “Maseca” (a Mexican brand
of corn flour) and follow the instructions on the bag. While corn is high in
carbs, it is also high in fibre, which balances it out to combine a gluten-free
diet with weight loss.

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