Some people never have the urge to cheat on their gluten-free diet and some face the challenge daily. Whichever camp you fall in, it’s ok to have the temptation to eat something that contains gluten – as long as you don’t act on that urge. For some, that’s easier said than done.
Whenever someone asks this question, I always give the same initial advice: Think about how you felt before being diagnosed with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity (‘gluten sensitivity’). In the case of celiac disease, remember the harm gluten causes your body and why you must avoid it in order to avoid serious complications.
National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) President Alice Bast recently published an article in Allergic Living magazine called “Resist that Urge to Cheat.” I highly recommend reading Alice’s specific suggestions for overcoming temptation.
- Alicia Carango
NFCA Communications Assistant
Thai Kitchen Tip
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