July 01, 2021 8 min read
Tips on how to get started on your restricted diet. From planning meals in advance to navigating the weekly shop - here's how to manage a restricted diet.
If you are unsure, it’s very much worth trying to find out what your problem really is by trying different things. For example, spelt bread does not contain wheat but does contain gluten so if you eat that and feel fine, then it could be that only wheat is your problem. If you eat it and feel awful then it’s likely that gluten is your problem … but don’t rule out the possibility of wheat – I’ll get onto that in a second.
Did you know? Wheat, gluten and dairy are the biggest problem allergens/irritants for the UK’s population; it differs country by country. For example, if you know that eating bread upsets your stomach, it could be Coeliac disease, a wheat allergy, a gluten intolerance or even a dairy problem because many loaves contain milk in some form.
Knowing what is at the root of your problem is very important because it could really widen your food choices and make your life more enjoyable and easier in the long term. As an extreme example, it would be such a shame if you gave up all dairy and gluten long term only to find out years later that it was just gluten causing your problems. Think of all the ice cream you’d have missed!
Going on a restricted diet will be a difficult adjustment to make but the way to make it manageable is with planning and preparation. Get to know your labels and read recipe blogs for inspiration, there are some incredible gluten free recipes out there to try if you embrace it. Why not throw a gluten and/or dairy free dinner party for your friends and family? This way, you get to practice some dishes and educate your nearest and dearest on the type of foods you now eat so they can be prepared for future too. If you feel better on your restricted diet then they need to buy into it too. However, if after a week or two, you are not feeling better then go back to the doctor and have another chat about what might be going on with you. I know this has been a lot to take in. Try not to get too overwhelmed and look at the information as a way of empowering yourself to get better. Although it doesn’t feel like it now, believe me, when you start to feel better, your life will change in many, many positive ways. Good luck with it and let us know how you get on!"
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