4 Gluten Free New Year's Resolutions
It’s that time of year again…New Year’s resolution time. According to a Forbes article from earlier today, 44% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. No doubt many of them are focused on weight loss, eating healthier, and focusing on what is important in life. Last year, my resolution was to quit complaining. Let’s just say by March, I had amended that resolution to “limit complaining”.
If you’re reading our blog, gluten free living is likely a key priority for you or something you are considering for the new year. So, as we get ready to toast 2011 away, consider choosing one (or all) of these four gluten-free New Year’s resolutions to try for 2012.
- Get Familiar With Foods That Are Naturally Gluten Free
I’ve seen it said in many comments on our Facebook page or in our new Gluten Free Living community. Starting a gluten free diet can be extremely overwhelming, especially when you start focusing on foods you can’t have. Instead, decide to focus on foods you can have by getting familiar with all of the things that are naturally gluten free. This list of naturally gluten free products from Kroger is a great resource and can help you create your weekly grocery shopping list. Fruits, veggies, meat, milk, rice…the list is longer than you might think.
- Try One New Gluten Free Recipe A Week
It is easy to get caught up in what I call the “gluten-free funk.” Has this happened to you? You rotate the same five meals each week until you’re so sick of chicken and rice that you can’t stand one more bite! The good news is, there are a number of bloggers who post unique and delicious gluten-free recipes each week. Some of our favorites include Gluten Free Girl and the Chef, Discover Gluten Freedom, and Tasty Eats at Home. For 2012, vow to try one new meal per week (or even per month!) to help get you excited about what you’re putting in your body.
- Join A Gluten Free Group
Chatting with others who are eating gluten free can help inspire and educate you. If you have celiac disease, I recommend finding a local celiac disease support group. If you’re new to a gluten-free diet or interested in connecting with other people at all stages in their gluten-free quest, check out our new Udi’s Gluten Free Living community and post some comments!
- Host A Gluten Free Gathering
There are many differing opinions about gluten-free diets, especially among those who don’t have to eat gluten free. Finding support from your family and friends can be tricky, but hosting a gluten free gathering at your home can help educate them and shift their opinion about your decision to go gluten free. Make some tasty gluten free appetizers and/or desserts, and have a discussion about why you decided to eat gluten free (whether by choice or necessity). Our snickerdoodle cookies are a quick and easy snack that we guarantee your friends and family will love. Also check out this video for making pizza bite appetizers using our gluten-free bread.
What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2012? Have other tips for gluten free resolutions? Comment below.