Starting off on the gluten free diet isn't easy, but these five tips can help!
1. Start by figuring out What You Can Still Eat
Potatoes. Rice. Masa Herena. These three foods are simple, cheap, and gluten free. They are three staples in my kitchen. The possibilities are endless when it comes to these foods, and they are easy to use. There are also other foods that are surprisingly gluten free, such as Chex cereal, Tootsie Rolls, and Cheetos.
2. Master a few Basic Recipes
Start by learning to make a few simple gluten free recipes and go from there. One of the first gluten free recipes I ever made were these breadsticks (shown below, left.) This bagel bread (below right) is another, and my chocolate cupcakes are super easy.
3. Buy what you Need
Make sure you have all of the gluten free foods you need to stay satisfied bought and sitting in your fridge, freezer, or pantry. Buy string cheese and rice cakes for snacking. Pick up some extra fruits and vegetables. Stock your kitchen with gluten free foods that you love, so that you never feel tempted to eat something that you shouldn't.
4. Buy in Bulk
As long as you are going out of your way to find gluten free products, anyway, you might as well buy in bulk. That way you will always have what you need on hand and won't be so worried about the cost.
5. Prepare Food ahead of Time
This is something that I've talked about before, and I still believe that it is important. Bake muffins and stick some in the freezer for when you crave them. Bring a few cookies with you when going out, so that you can have a treat when others are eating gluten-containing items. Have food prepared and always ready to eat, so that you will not cave and eat something with gluten, and so that you will not have to spend too much money on a specialty gluten free product, either.
I hope these tips help you out!