Nobody who has gone gluten-free will ever say the beginning was easy. Cravings are often more an emotional issue, a longing for what you can no longer have, and not an authentic physical hunger. Plus, the memory of the smell and taste of wheat-based baked goods are alive and well in the beginning. You’ll want to indulge and take comfort in gluten-free equivalents of your favorite wheat-based goods. Sure it’s great to eat fresh fruits and vegetables when cravings strike, but the reality is it’s the doughy-sweet goods that will defeat your cravings and satisfy your soul in difficult times.
Think about the times you had cravings for wheat foods before going gluten-free and find your patterns. If you enjoyed cookies in the afternoon at the office, enjoy gluten-free cookies at that time as a replacement. Make a list of the wheat-baked goods you used to eat and find replacements.
Take gluten-free snacks with you wherever you go to help defeat cravings and hunger pangs at the times when they used to pop-up before going gluten-free. Cookies, muffins, brownies, or nutrition/breakfast bars work particularly well when you’re on the road traveling, driving to work, shopping, running errands, or after exercising. Don’t think of it as adopting an unhealthy routine. This is simply a method to help get you through the initial phase.
Avoid places like bakeries or the grocery aisles that will stir your cravings. When you go to a restaurant, bring a slice of your own gluten-free bread in a baggie to eat with butter at the table, discretely of course. If anyone complains, let them know they should offer a gluten-free option for those who can’t eat traditional wheat bread!
As time goes on and your memory for the taste of wheat delights fade (and they will!), you will rely less on this strategy, but in the beginning always have something available that you like.