About four months ago, I decided to go gluten free to see if it would help with my fertility problems. I’ve learned quite a few things while being gluten free. For one, it’s a lot more complicated than eating a the Standard American Diet (SAD). Secondly, it can be a lot more expensive! I’ve found quite a few ways to be gluten free on a budget, and I am hoping that my tips can help someone else who already is (or has been thinking about becoming) gluten free. I am sure that the longer I’m gluten free, the easier it will become. With that said, here are some tips for being gluten free on a budget.
1. Cook from scratch. So many prepackaged foods contain weird things like gluten, soy, and corn. I try to avoid all three of those things, and you’d be amazed at the weird things that corn is in (those little packets at the bottom of the meat package- those contain corn!). Cooking from scratch will not only ensure that you aren’t eating any gluten, but it will also help save you money because prepackaged foods are expensive!
2. Don’t buy gluten free packaged items. It seems like so many companies are now labeling their items as gluten free to be able to market themselves to Celiac people. While I think it’s awesome that more and more companies are looking to cater to the gluten intolerant, I also think that they are trying to just make more money by throwing the label on the package. Of course, sometimes you might just have to buy a package of gluten free cookies because you don’t have time to make your own. Overall, it’s much better for you to avoid gluten free packaged foods.
3. Eat more raw veggies and drink more water. Raw veggies can help keep you full and will help you feel better. Water helps your body detoxify and keep things moving. Don’t drink bottled water so you don’t have the extra added expense. Buy a filter like the PUR Faucet Mount Filter to help keep your water yummy and cheap!
4. Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) and Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet (GAPS Diet) are gluten free. Search for recipes that are suitable for that diet.
5. Meat and veggies are gluten free. When in doubt, you can make a meal with some meat from the freezer and a can (or even frozen) veggies.
6. Eat more beans, rice, and lentils. Beans, rice, and lentils are all cheap and good for you. When buying rice in bulk though, keep in mind that brown rice does not keep as long as white rice. Brown rice is better for your health, but if you’re buying rice at Costco, go for the white because it will last longer. We get a 25 pound bag of Jasmine rice from Costco. Vegetarian chili is a great meal that’s easy to be gluten free.
Going gluten free can help many different ailments. I know personally it’s helped me, so maybe it can help you! My budget really hasn’t taken a huge hit, and for that I am thankful!