10 Gluten-Free Tips for Teens
By Taylor Miller of HaleLife
As a teenager, and now young adult, I’ve experienced almost every situation when it comes to being young and gluten-free. We have to deal with a lot of different situations that our parents / adults don’t have to deal with when it comes to food. Eating in the cafeteria, having no food at school parties, having to search for food at parties in general. All these situations are ones that can be a lot harder when you are gluten-free. As a teenager who’s gone through all these situations myself over the years, here are my top 10 gluten-free tips for teens.
1. Think of the foods that you miss most since going gluten-free. Now look up a recipe for that food or find a gluten-free version of it and I’m sure it will really help fulfill your craving.
2. Bring snacks with you whenever you leave home because you never know how long gluten-free food could be out of reach.
3. Make your own school lunches if you can and don’t leave it up to the cafeteria.
4. Know that being gluten-free doesn’t make you “weird”or abnormal. It’s a part of your life and it’s just food anyways.
5. Accept that there will be some days where you think “this sucks” and you ask “why me?” Know that every gluten-free teen has these thoughts sometimes and it’s ok.
6. Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s not hard, because as a teenager, ingesting gluten is the last thing you want to worry about.
7. Don’t be ashamed of being gluten-free. It’s nothing to be ashamed about since it will always be a part of you.
8. Try and be open about what you can and can’t eat. Most people will take interest into it rather than pick on you.
9. Be positive whenever you can. Know that being gluten-free is a learning experience and you’ll just get better over time.
10. Last but not least, try your best not to cheat. I know your parents probably say this all the time, but as a teenager, I can say that it’s definitely not worth it. Nobody is perfect, so if you have a slip up here and there, just try to learn from the experience and remember how that gluten made you feel next time a temptation comes around.
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