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Gluten-Free Diet Broken Down

This year the FDA released an updated version of where our daily foods should be coming from.  Today I found a gluten-free version (Thanks Amy, Dietitian at Mary Rutan Hospital, and The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center).  Check it out:

gfdietplate

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I will be using the aforementioned diagram with Jon to hopefully help get him eating better.  If he doesn’t listen to me, maybe he will listen to his trainer. 

I like how this diagram specifies which versions of “breads and cereals” are healthier choices.  This tool can be very valuable to those just starting the gluten-free diet.  I remember those days – feeling lost and wondering what to eat.  Making changes is not easy, but I like to think of the gluten-free diet as a positive lifestyle change.  Not only will the diet most likely help you feel better, but eating foods that are in their natural state and less processed is much better for your body.

Kim

5 comments to Gluten-Free Diet Broken Down

  • Glad I could help get this out to your readers. :-) I know a lot of people have issues with the new dailyplate, but I really am just so pleased that a GF version has been released. Getting GF the attention it deserves. And it's very visual. I will use it with every new patient I have.

  • That's great! There was a very funny episode of 'The Good Wife' a week or so ago about the "plate." Not the gluten free plate but just the regular plate that replaced the food pyramid. A character on the show, Eli, was a lobbyist for cheese. Cheese was trying to build alliances with lobbyists for other foods marketing boards. The concern for the CHEESE people was the dairy is not on the plate, the dairy looks like milk.

    This is a great graphic and I like that it highlights healthier choices for those who need to eat gluten-free. Thanks Amy Jones for sharing it.

    I read a comment on a site last night from a dietician claiming the gluten-free diet is new. In October 2011 she wrote: " Back when I was in my internship (4 years ago!) the gluten-free diet was a fairly new term in the world of dietetics. Celiac disease was still incredibly difficult to diagnosis, therefore you just didn’t hear much about it."

    That is so sad. Yes you hear more about gluten-free foods today because there are more commercial choices for gluten-free food but for a dietician to believe it's a new diet or newly diagnosed disease is wrong on so many levels. I was surprised at a conference about gluten-free foods in about 2004 that many dietician's did not seem to understand what gluten was.

  • I will be the first to admit many of my colleagues are a little behind when it comes to gluten-free. To be fair, it is a specialty in dietetics, and most colleges are still not spending appropriate time teaching it to dietetic students. When I graduated in 1998, I was told that I would only see Celiac in children, and even then it wouldn't be very often. Boy how times have changed, even in the last 10 years!

    Fortunately, there are more and more dietitians (like me), trying very hard to make it our specialty. Just like you'd see in a specialist physician, not all dietitians are well versed in all things Celiac. Be sure to seek out dietitians (using the GIG or CDF website) who are up on the latest.
    :-)
    Amy

  • I'll be the first to admit that many of my colleagues are a little behind on gluten-free. To be fair, it is a specialty in dietetics, and many colleges are still not devoting appropriate time to teaching it. Even when I graduated in 1998, I was told I would only see Celiac in children, and even then not very often. Boy how times have changed, even in the last 10 years!

    Many dietitians (like me) are trying very hard to make it our specialty, but just like a physician, it's hard to be experts in everything nutrition. So be patient with dietitians–we'll get there!

    Amy

  • hal

    Thank you so much for putting this out there. WIth all the knowledge out there, it is hard but absolutely necessary for health care professionals to keep on top celiac disease. a good graphical aid can only help make things better for everyone!
    http://www.questorganic.com/search?q=gluten

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