I'm not gonna lie to you, going gluten free is initially rough; especially if--like me--you've spent the past twenty years not giving your favorite breads and baked goods a second thought. I'm guessing that you're reading this because cutting out gluten is a new thing for you. But it doesn't all have to be bad! This is what I've learned over the past month in my own personal crash course on going gluten free. 

1. Gluten Free Bread

This is a tough one. Originally, I bought Udi's breads and bagels, and while not terrible, they are a far cry from the baked goods I'm used to. Then, I discovered the Trader Joe's gluten free section. Their bread is shockingly normal, and the bagels--both in plain and blueberry--still retain the same delicious chewy texture you're used to. Trader Joe's gluten free bread has been a lifesaver for me, and has become my go-to. If you're struggling in the bakery section, ask a Trader Joe's employee about their gluten free options; they can provide a full list of gluten free products.

2. Pizza

There are a few different ways to do this. The ~healthier~ people will probably steer you towards cauliflower crust, but if I'm eating pizza, I want as many carbs as possible. There are certainly ways to make your own pizza dough, but I'll usually go out or order Postmates from Fireside Pies on Henderson. Any of their pizzas can be made with gluten free crust for $4 extra, and it is definitely worth splurging for. I love the Burrata Pesto Pie and the Prosciutto and Parm, but you can't go wrong here.

3. Alcohol

Alright. I'll give you a minute to process the fact that you now have to watch what you drink.


First and foremost, be weary of beer. If it's not specifically marked gluten free--which is rare--you need to steer clear. Most ciders are gluten free, so if you're a beer lover, try to opt for a cider instead. Rum, 100% agave tequila, and potato vodka are all gluten free, so margarita lovers are (luckily) safe. Whiskey and bourbon are not generally accepted as gluten free, so proceed with caution. Wine is safe for most people with gluten sensitivities as well as people with Celiac, unless your condition is incredibly severe.

4. Late Night Eating

Put down the ZaLat, friends, and go grab some tacos. As long as you ensure that your tacos are wrapped in 100% corn rather than flour tortillas, you have nothing to worry about. Craving ramen? While you probably can't have those noodles, you can opt for pho instead, made with rice flour. My favorite is the chicken pho from DaLat. While you might not be able to indulge in a Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit when the squad goes to Whataburger, you can grab an order of fries; potatoes, as a rule of thumb, aren't going to cause any issues.

5. Groceries and Sweets

Quinoa and brown rice pastas are much more filling and wholesome than regular pastas, and are gluten free; don't worry about giving up mac 'n cheese! Many stores also have fresh pastas in the refrigerated section which are made with gluten sensitivities in mind.

Whole Foods has some delicious gluten free baking mixes available, and Trader Joe's sells a killer gluten free pumpkin bread mix. You can also always make gluten free sweets yourself using gluten free oat or almond flour.

Really craving a brownie? Maybe a piece of cake? Look for flourless options. They're usually even more decadent than the original, so you won't be compromising.


Going gluten free can be tough. I've only been working on it for the past month, and I've already slipped up a few times. Take things one step at a time, and do your research. After the initial shock of making such a big change, you'll quickly become accustomed to your new lifestyle; and your body will thank you!