Common Mistakes of Gluten Free Dieting

If you are new to the wonderful world of gluten free diets, you might be overwhelmed with all the do's and don't's that are thrown at you. I would like to compile a list of common mistakes that everyone tends to make starting out. So here they are, in no particular order.

1) Just because you don't see WHEAT on the ingredients label does NOT mean it is GLUTEN FREE. Many products have no wheat or wheat gluten listed on their package, but it is very possible that the product was cross-contaminated in the manufacturing process. Often a machine will be used to process something that may have gluten in it, then switch right over to a product without the wheat in it. Because they use the same machinery without thurough cleaning in between is the main reason they do not advertise their products as "Gluten Free".

Always do your research. Contact the company when possible. Or whether here at GlutenMaster.com or any of the other fine websites out there in the Gluten Free catagory, you can be pretty sure that you are not the first person with the questions you have.

2) Don't be your own worst enemy. Don't cross contaminate yourself. Unless your entire household has switched to a gluten free diet, then you have to be extra careful not to cross contaminate your own food.

This means you have to have your own toaster, your own butter and/or peanut butter, even your own toaster oven.

If, for example, the meal of the day is grilled cheese, you will need your own pan or griddle, or cook yours first. If you don't cook yours first then you will need to thuroughly clean the griddle or pan after cooking the gluten rich foods. You will also need not only your own butter as mentioned above, but also a seperate knife to spread the butter. You will need seperate spatula's too.

It is also very important if you have your own butter or spreads or condiments to label those containers so that someone doesn't come along and use it on their toast or sandwich without realizing that it was intended for you ONLY.

3) Eating out is never easy. So you go to a steak house and think that if you just get a steak and a baked potato you should be okay. The problem is that even though the steak may in fact be gluten free, you don't know if the chef didn't toast a bun on the same grill just minutes before tossing that t-bone on there for you.

Some restaurants say they offer a gluten free menu (yay!) but it is still important when you go there to ask what precautions they take to ensure you are goint to get a truly gluten free meal.

4) Have your own cutting board. Just like using your own pans, cutting boards can be the source of cross contamination as well.

5) Eating at someone else's house can be a challenge. Even when the host thinks they have done everything right in picking out food for you they could still have broken any number of the above rules without knowing the significance of what they have done.

6) Just because you don't eat it doesn't mean it can't be bad for you. Make-up and cosmetics, shampoos and soaps can all harm you. Hand sanitizer is also subject to review. Do our research before you choose those products that you take for granted every day.

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