Here are 5 Steps for starting a gluten-free life from our friends at GIG, the Gluten Intolerance Group. They are an AMAZING resource for those of us living without gluten, so head over to their site for more helpful info. They’ve also supplied us with a list of GIG approved/gluten-free certified restaurants across the US, which are those which meet their strict standards for handling and prepping gluten-free foods to ensure a minimized risk of gluten cross contamination.
1. Omit obvious gluten-containing foods from your diet, such as cereals, breads, and pasta.
Try eggs, cream of rice, or fruit for breakfast. Substitute rice cakes, rice, potatoes, or corn tortillas for breads and pastas.
Have sherbet or fruit for dessert.
Use vinegar and oil on salads instead of pre-made, bottled dressings. Drink milk, 100 percent fruit juice, coffee, or teas.
2. Read food labels for less-obvious sources of gluten and learn what to watch out for.
Avoid anything you think is suspect.
Be patient as you learn the terminology and look at food and food preparation in a new way. To remain positive and focused, stay
connected with someone at a local GIG support group.
3. Try calling or writing to a food manufacturer.
In doing this, make sure you use the proper terms and be very specific in what you are asking.
4. Look at products you may have never thought of as containing gluten: medicines, chewing gum, and toothpaste.
Consider cross-contamination issues such as sharing toasters and foods like mayonnaise, margarine, and jam that may get contaminated through use.
5.  Explore new foods that are naturally gluten-free.
There are many gluten-free grains you may not have tried before, like sorghum, quinoa, teff, and buckwheat.
Often when some doors close, others open. Look at your gluten-free diet as an opportunity to discover new healthy foods and exotic cuisines.

And remember, diligence is key to your health! Read labels, and be weary of those which claim to be Gluten-free, but state that they’re made on equipment which also processes wheat and gluten-containing products. You can read more about that in a recent post here.

This is a chance for you to take control of your health and feel better than you probably ever have in your life so far. Follow these steps closely, and try to skip processed foods as much as possible. Keep your gluten-free snacks to a minimum and focus on the basics: fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, fish and meats and start exploring the many wonderful recipes online. We have some here, and there are plenty more to discover along your new gluten-free journey.

When I launched Inspiredeats, I had a simple idea in mind; to help people (who are sick and lost along their healing journey) by connecting them with helpful information and medical professionals who could help them heal.

Over the last year I’ve shared hundreds of recipes, reviewed allergy-free products, shared tips on restaurants that are allergy-free and connected readers with helpful resources to answer their questions about how and why they just can’t feel better. I’ve shared what I’ve learned along my journey, and while I have a lot of helpful info swirling around in my head, I’m not a licensed practitioner, so I always hesitate to offer much advice.  Rather, I share what my journey has entailed in the hopes that it helps you to know you’re not alone.

Why Nutrition?

I was sick, tired, spiritually broken and ready to give up, until someone came along who wanted to help me, and who had a pretty good idea of what was wrong with me. She changed my world forever, and along the way, I have met many other people like her who are devoted to this healing journey.

So today I’m excited to announce our partnership with The Wellness Pantry! Margaret Connor, founder of The Wellness Pantry, helps optimize your health through nutrition and lifestyle support so you can reduce daily stress, stop mealtime battles and bring healing foods & connection back to the family table.

Margaret offers consulting services that are suited to you, and your family’s, unique needs.  Below are just a few of the many amazing services she offers, and these can all be done locally in Austin, or remotely via phone calls and/or Skype.

Note – be sure to tell Margaret you heard about her from us and she’ll give you a special bonus as a new client. 




  • A review of favorite foods and your personal/family diet to help customize the contents of your new, gluten-free pantry. We can incorporate additional dietary restrictions (to nuts, eggs, soy, etc.) if necessary.
  • A customized gluten-free shopping list to meet you or your family’s needs. You’ll get lots of options so you won’t get bored!
  • The Grocery guide: Where to buy everything on your list
  • A follow up phone-call to decide what is working, what isn’t and discuss further strategies to help you get through the tough time of transition! (30 minutes)


  • Customized gluten-free recipes for you (easy and taste-tested!). These will be built around your favorite foods and/or additional dietary restrictions.
  • Gluten-free customized recipes that work for kids
  • A gluten-free grocery shopping trip/guide
  • Started off strong ? Needing some fresh ideas? Try a follow-up session


Personal Nutrition Plans can include any combination of the following:

  • Cost-effective shopping guide at your favorite market
  • Customized shopping list to help you achieve your nutrition goals. Includes our list of “Best Brands”of your favorite foods
  • Home assessment of your pantry, fridge and freezer to pull out the foods that have the most harmful additives and preservatives. These are the foods that are making weight-loss impossible, lowering energy levels, and making your kids hyperactive.
  • Personal shopping service
  • Customized recipe suggestions incorporating your favorite foods
  • Follow-up support to keep your food choices fresh and exciting


For more information, please contact Margaret, and be sure you heard of her from InspiredEats for a SPECIAL OFFER!


Mailing Address:
2700 West Anderson Ln. #205
Austin, TX 78757 (more…)