Carrots. You can eat carrots.
Actually you can eat any fresh, unprocessed fruit, vegetable, seed, nut, egg, fish and meat.
You can eat beans, rice, wild rice, quinoa. *You might also be able to eat dairy. There’s a whole world of food and flavour options that don’t involve gluten but that’s hard to remember when all you can think about is what you can’t have.
Here’s where I remind you I am not a doctor, a nutritionist, or an expert on Celiac Disease or NCGS.
There are more and more packaged, processed gluten free options on the grocery store shelves every day but, based on my own experiences, I’d suggest if you’re just starting out with eating gluten free you avoid the gluten free breads, cookies, crackers, etc. and just eat the foods that are naturally gluten free for the first few weeks or longer.
When you’re adjusting to your new life of no gluten and thinking about all of the things you can’t eat again, trying to fill that void with a gluten free pizza or bread that doesn’t have the right texture or taste will just make you feel even more deprived and depressed.
At first, I really urge you to focus on the textures and flavours you can still have. A juicy steak with a baked potato loaded up with butter and chives. A bowl of chili. A fruit salad filled with your favourite fruits and berries. A glass of wine. A bag of potato chips – Frito Lay are my go to brand. Their website lists all of their flavours of chips, Cheetos and Doritos, etc. that are gluten free and run on dedicated gluten free lines.