Gluten Detox (Day 4)

Welcome to gluten detox! Whether you are going to set up a gluten free kitchen or share it with gluten eaters. This section will show you how to get started and begin eating in your kitchen safely. Today you'll learn:

  • How to make the decision to have a 100% gluten free kitchen or a shared kitchen
  • Where gluten hides in your kitchen
  • How to make your kitchen safe, regardless of the circumstances
  • What you need to replace and keep separate

Should I have a shared kitchen or 100% gluten free kitchen?

Whether you've just been diagnosed with celiac disease or are on a gluten free diet and are still having symptoms it's time reassess your kitchen scenario and ask yourself a few questions. According to a study done by Beyond Celiac more then half of people with celiac disease share a kitchen to some extent. Remember this can vary between having more then half the food in your kitchen be gluten foods and having one box of regular gluten cookies stashed away. So when sharing a kitchen it varies substantially on how much of your kitchen is actually gluten free. 

1. How many people am I sharing a kitchen with and what ages?
The risk of gluten cross contamination is highest in a busy kitchen with young children. If this is your house and it's possible having a 100% gluten free kitchen is safest for you.  If you're sharing the kitchen with one other adult and they are very knowledgeable about your condition then having a shared kitchen is manageable. 

2. How big is the kitchen? Will I have a space on the counter that can be dedicated gluten free?
If you're kitchen is very small and there isn't space for a separate then consider making the entire kitchen gluten free. It is possible to share a counter top but crumbs are sneaky.

3. How understanding are those that I live with?
It's important that whoever you're sharing your house with that they are at least open to learning about the gluten free diet. If they are opposed to learning then having a 100% gluten free kitchen is what's best for your health. It's a learning curve for everyone involved, but it's important the those in your household are open to learning what they need to know.

Shared Kitchen Top Tips:
1. Don't have any gluten flours in your kitchen, not only does flour get everywhere, it's very hard to clean.
2. Have a separate part of the kitchen counter and cabinet for gluten foods, keep every where else strictly gluten free. 
3. Have the top shelf of your refrigerator be gluten free. 
4. Mark all of your gluten free foods (especially jars, condiments, butters, yogurts)  with stickers like these or these to make sure they stay gluten free.
5. If it's been several months and you still feel ill consider switching to a 100% gluten free kitchen.
6. Have all of your gluten free pots, pans, spoons and separate items be a different colour to make them easy to tell apart. All of my gluten free items are red to make it easy to tell them apart. 

100% Gluten Free Kitchen Top Tips:
1. Throw away items that are opened that could be cross contaminated (like for example baking supplies like sugar and baking soda will most likely have been cross contaminated by double dipping measuring cups and spoons)
2. Instead of throwing away gluten containing foods donate them to a food bank.
3. Be appreciative to those in your life. It will be hard for yourself and those you live with so try to keep it positive.