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1. Start by cleaning out your pantry and fridge. You can't eat gluten if there is no gluten in the house to eat!
2. Focus on the foods you CAN eat and get the tools you need to try cool new recipes. Bacon guacamole anyone?
3. Give yourself time to grieve the loss of your favorite foods you shall never eat again, but remember – these foods are now your enemies.
4. Invest in an air fryer because guess what, French fries are naturally gluten-free.
5. Explore gluten-free substitutes for your former favs – miss breaded chicken? There's GF breadcrumbs and flour for that.
6. Believe me when I tell you there are supreme gluten-free foods out there, that taste waaaaaay better than gluten trash – like these chocolate almond butter tarts.
7. Come to terms with the fact that you will be doing a lot of cooking.
8. Seek help from GF or paleo cookbooks. Ready or Not! is a paleo cookbook tailored to whatever cooking level you're up for.
9. But before you get too far in your chef adventures, understand what gluten is, and watch out for places where it likes to hide.
10. Get your hands on tasty, naturally gluten-free snacks such as popcorn. Keep a stash of pre-made Skinny Pop or make your own with an air popper.
11. Familiarize yourself with grains and seeds that don't have gluten in them, like quinoa.
12. Do even more research on those substitutes and GF grains, and stock up on your personal favs, such as buckwheat.
13. Make a healthier, GF ~spin~ on pasta with a vegetable spiralizer.
14. Alright, so you're doing all this cooking and healthy shit, but you really miss cookies, decadent brownies, and loaves of fresh bread. I feel you. Try this GF cookbook to ease those cravings.
15. Then throw all those GF bread recipes in a bread maker for yummy fresh bread with minimal effort.
16. Be sure to eat plenty of healthy fats and oils, so you can feel satisfied without having to eat tons of starch. Salmon and avocado salad will accomplish this.
17. Treat yourself to a two-pack of doughnut pans so you can hop aboard the gluten-free bagel and doughnut train 🚂.
18. For a less-starchy, but just as tasty, dessert alternative try chia seed pudding.
19. Meet your new best friend, Bob and Bob's gluten-free pancake mix.
20. Find your people and stick with them. Anyone that is more upset than you are over not being able to eat pasta, or whatever, is not your person.
22. Introduce a bit more corn into your diet by way of delish corn bread.
23. Speaking of corn, meet your other best friend, the tortilla press.
24. Welcome Bob and pizza back into your arms again with a gluten-free pizza crust mix.
25. Stick to it. Stick to it. Stick to it! The cravings will pass.
26. Become a slow cooker master of curry and rice, a naturally gluten-free dish that'll fill you right up.
27. And of course, where would we all be were it not for the existence of flourless (and thereby GF!) chocolate cake? Make yourself one right now.
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