Last week, I wrapped up my A Gluten-Free Diet for Chronic Pain Series, and I decided to follow it up by highlighting the best gluten-free substitutes I’ve found for the most common foods you eat on a weekly basis.
Short of being your gluten-free personal shopper, I do want to make this transition as easy and as painless as possible. When you first start out on a gluten-free diet, it can be all too easy to accidentally eat something that tastes like cardboard, wood shavings, tree bark, etc. and, therefore, instantly believe that all gluten-free foods taste horrible.
I don’t blame you. I’ve been there before. One of the first things I tried back in 2002 was a gluten-free macaroon, and I can’t even put into words how gross it was. Soon after, I tried a gluten-free pizza with pretty much the same result. Then, there was this pasta that had the consistency (and taste…I think) of wallpaper paste. Ugh!
After those few experiences, I was 100 percent convinced I was going to have to choke down barely-edible foods for the rest of my life to stop the horrible pain I was in.
Don’t get me wrong, I was never going to give up because it literally meant my life, but it made me incredibly anxious and depressed. It was as though somebody said, “Yeah, you can keep your sight, but everything will be in black-and-white from now on.”
I know what it’s like to feel defeated, scared, uncertain, and incredibly frustrated by food. It’s a very real feeling, and it’s a horrible one.
So, if I can save you that agony, I’m more than happy to.
80 percent of the brands I recommend I have tried myself, and the rest of them have excellent reviews on Amazon.
Also, gluten-free food has changed a LOT over the past 15 years. Manufacturers have gotten much better at creating delicious gluten-free foods, so the likelihood that you’ll end up eating something that tastes like the business end of a lizard is pretty low now. 😉
Still, it’s always nice to have a good place to start and a virtual guarantee of a positive first-time experience!
Gluten-Free Breakfast Cereals
Gluten-Free Protein Bars
Gluten-Free Condiments & Stuff
Gluten-Free Soup & Broth