Thursday, October 27, 2011

Guest Post: Gluten free healthy meals

Today's post is a guest post by Brett H. from the Blog Content Guild. Brett writes about healthy eating, living, and lifestyles.  Enjoy! 

Gluten-Free Healthy Meals

 So, you’ve stopped eating gluten. You’re probably feeling a whole lot better now than you have in a while. Unfortunately, you do need to be aware of some of the potential side effects of a gluten-free diet. There’s a possibility that you could gain weight, have higher cholesterol levels, and not be getting all the nutrients your body requires. There are three key methods to help you avoid these side effects and eat healthy meals that are gluten-free.  Check them out:

A. How to Get Enough Nutrients

To get enough of the vitamins and minerals you need on a daily basis, you should explore a variety of healthy food choices. You may feel a little bit limited by your gluten-free diet, but there’s no need to feel that way. The meal possibilities are practically endless. All you need to do is try to eat a significant amount of vegetables and fruit every day. And include a decent amount of protein and dairy products in the meals you eat. You can easily add more nutritious variety to dishes you enjoy eating on a regular basis by substituting ingredients here and there. For instance, you can make a simple meal like steak and fries more nutritious by preparing seasoned green beans rather than fries. And instead of an egg white and cheese omelet, you can whip up a spinach, mushroom, and egg white omelet. You get the idea. Just play around with your options and have a little fun being creative!

B. How to Lower Your Cholesterol 

Prepare your own meals, instead of eating out. This will help you to eat more foods that can help lower your cholesterol like walnuts and fatty fish. Eating meals you cook at home has a lot of other benefits too. There’s no risk of your food being cross-contaminated by gluten food products. This is a common risk when you eat out because some uninformed chefs will prepare gluten-free products in the same area they prepare food that contains gluten. Cooking at home allows you to be in charge of what food products are used in what you eat. This means that you can opt to use only healthy food products that are low in fat and empty calories.

C. How to Win the Battle of the Bulge

This section can apply to everyone, not just those on a gluten-free diet. A lot of people gain weight because they overeat. And a lot of people overeat because the plates they eat off of are much too large. We’ve been trained well to clean our plates, which is good unless our plates are huge. So, open your kitchen cabinets and check out your plates. If they’re more than 10 inches wide, think about buying some new ones. Aside from plate sizes, you should also try to eat at a more relaxed and slow pace, if possible. People who eat food slowly eat considerably less food than people who eat in a hurry. 

If you’re on a gluten free diet, you don’t need to suffer from the unpleasant side effects commonly associated with it. Consider differing the food products you eat on a regular basis, cooking for yourself, and buying some nine-inch wide plates. 
Thanks Brett, great info! I actually use the smaller plate trick and it really helps.

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