Being Celiac, gluten is my kryptonite. For me, even a breadcrumb is poisonous. Being born and raised in the empire of pasta and pizza, i.e. Italy, has forced me to learn how to balance my diet without sacrificing the pleasures and flavor of food.

Yes, following a gluten-free diet can benefit most people, but basic rules exist that should be followed in order to avoid compromising a healthy habit.

They are:

1- EAT ONLY NATURALLY GLUTEN-FREE FOOD

Gluten-free is not synonymous with health. Heavy doses of sugar and preservatives are added to gluten-free treated foods in order to boost flavor and longevity. After switching to a gluten-free diet, many people gain weight because they unknowingly introduce fats, sugars, and preservatives into their diet.

Want to cut gluten from your diet? Great! But eat naturally gluten-free food: fruit, vegetables, rice, nuts, beans, quinoa, buckwheat, and more. Avoid food processed to be gluten-free. Also, make your cake with corn, rice, or tapioca flour, not with wheat treated to eliminate gluten

2- THE SIMPLER THE BETTER

Your salad dressing should not contain anything other than oil, salt, and vinegar. From my recipes you will learn to make mouthwatering meals with fresh food and only a few basic ingredients.

3- AVOID PRE-COOKED, CANNED, AND/OR PACKAGED FOOD

Your diet should contain only vital, wholesome foods.

4- KNOW WHAT YOU’RE EATING

Read the food labels!

More sources of hidden gluten exist than you could imagine. This includes fats, sugar, and salt. Some ingredient combinations fall under one name. Educate yourself. Familiarize yourself with those misleading names.

5- ZERO IS NO HERO

Zero calories! Zero cholesterol! Zero fat!

Heard that before? Run for your life! These labels should say: No nutrients!

From my recipes, blog, and consultancies, you will learn that calories don’t count, that good fats are vital for your body, and that cholesterol is not necessarily enemy number one.

INGREDIENTS

My kitchen never lacks certain ingredients. From my blog and recipes you will learn how to use these ingredients to prepare any dish from appetizer to dessert.

Olive oil: Organic, cold pressed. Less than $6 per ounce? Don’t buy it! Good olive oil at that price is impossible.

Apple vinegar: raw, organic

Black Pepper: raw, organic

Ginger route: fresh, organic

Garlic: fresh, organic

Onions: red and white, organic

Turmeric: organic

And . . . herbs!

Recipe by recipe, you will discover my “collection” of herbs.