Part 1 of The Roadmap For Gluten Free Cooking

This “Roadmap” is a multipart series of reports providing an essential, practically-oriented, “big picture” guide for those of you who are embarking on your gluten-free journey. It is a guide that empowers one to a richer, healthier and more fulfilling way of living.

To begin with, it is important to come to grips with the idea that successfully adjusting to a gluten-free way of life requires a long-term vision, commitment, diligence and assuming an attitude of staying open to new ideas and new ways of doing things.

As with anything in life, staying stuck in a mindset of always having to have things as they once were (i.e. resisting change) is a sure way to impede positive, forward movement. So relax and do the best you can to stay open, because there’s a whole, exciting world just waiting to be discovered.

What is also very likely, is that the changes that you are willing to make from here on in, could well be the best thing that ever happened to you. Really !

I have observed that, for many people, it is easy to get so caught up in the quest for gluten-free foods that, all of a sudden, the priority of choosing healthy gluten-free foods takes a back seat.

Of course, if you already believe that the quality of the foods you eat is indeed linked to the quality of your experience of health, then you are well on the way. You are also more likely to acknowledge and taking advantage of every opportunity to maximize any potential for nutrient uptake.

High on this list is the choosing of the individual raw materials themselves and their quality (through knowledge of how and where they’re grown). Less obvious, but also significant, is how they are prepared, how they are presented and also, one’s inner state as the food is consumed.

Most people can immediately relate to the first two points but fewer relate to the significance of each of the more subtle points of food presentation and one’s inner state. This really is not surprising. Considering the fast-paced world we have to deal with, these subtler points just don’t seem to be significant enough to worry about. Yet, each is important and has its place in the whole scheme of things.

So, aside from the issue of gluten itself, incorporating every way we can to maximize nutrient uptake makes sense, doesn’t it? If the digestive function is already compromised, then you’ll want to make sure that you get the most “bang for your buck” so to speak, from the foods that you do eat. Right ? And NO, that doesn’t automatically mean “dull and boring” either; quite the contrary.

As we continue with each Part of this Roadmap For Gluten Free Cooking we’ll incorporate more and more ideas along these lines for you to consider. It’s up to you to practice staying open, considering each point, seeing how it might benefit you and then taking action or not.

As you make the choice to embark upon this exciting journey and leave behind what “once was”, remember the words of Bil Keane, the cartoonist for Family Circus, in one of his cartoons:

“Yesterday’s the past,
Tomorrow’s the future,
But today is a GIFT.
That’s why it’s called
The present”

How you experience the present moment is ultimately up to what you decide. So, is the experience of your journey going to be a positive one ? How this question is handled each and every day determines your quality of life. This is because life itself is a journey, not some goal we are striving towards.

We’ll post Part 2 of The Roadmap For Gluten Free Cooking in a few days. Till then .. congratulations on taking a positive step forward on your road to Gluten Freedom.

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