Oh, hey friends. If 2018 is the year that you’ve decided to make the leap into the world of gluten-free, then we want to be there to help you.
And feed you.
Here’s what you need to know about kicking gluten’s butt and cleaning up your diet.
Read the Labels
Sounds obvious, right? But sometimes we assume certain foods are gluten-free, when they’re not. If you have Celiac Disease, you need to be diligent about reading labels. Things like salad dressings and seasonings - and even soups - are some of the worst offenders when it comes to hidden gluten.
Bottom line? Never assume—always read the labels.
This is a biggie: gluten-free does not mean healthy. There are tons of gluten-free products on the market that aren’t even close to being good for your body, so be sure to ask yourself what it is you’re about to eat.
For example, if you’re in the market for a great loaf of gluten-free bread, there are lots of loaves on the grocery store shelves that are super full of additives and preservatives and filler flours that completely lack any real nutrients.
Try and choose items that still contain healthy ingredients and minimal “anti-nutrients.”
(Hint: you can buy freshly made, nutrient-dense gluten-free bread from us. Aaand, we even take custom orders.)
Which brings us to…
Stick to the Basics
Whole foods will always trump processed foods in the nutrition department, and are easy to know if they’re gluten-free—because whole foods are whole. As in, one ingredient.
(Egg. Apple. Quinoa. You see where we’re going with this?)
When in doubt, stick to whole foods and you’ll be good to go. Keep in mind that oats are whole and naturally gluten-free, but are often cross-contaminated with wheat, depending on the processing facilities. Choose oats that clearly label that they’re free of gluten.
(As in, not grown and harvested next to wheat fields).
There’s Always The Polly Fox
We’re here for you, guys. We offer tons of 100% gluten-free baking, including bread, baguettes, buns, cookies, and even goodies like Nanaimo bars and scones!
Also? So many of our products are dairy-free and vegan, too. Just ask us about which ones.
Visit us at our current location at Mayfair Avenue, but know that we’ll be moving very soon to Essendene Street in downtown Abby.
(Date TBA—stay tuned. February-ish?)
Happy holidays, and good luck with the gluten-free leap!
The Polly Fox