In the realm of food, “satisfied” can vary with each individual, but you should feel full, nourished, and content after eating. And despite its many challenges, the longer you live gluten-free the more satisfied you become.
Your personal definition of being satisfied will take on new meaning. Your body will no longer grapple with fighting gluten. You will enjoy the foods you eat without feeling uncomfortable symptoms afterward. This in itself is a form of satisfaction that’s priceless.
But realistically speaking, when first taking on the challenge of living gluten-free, it’s common to feel deprived as well as overwhelmed. In many ways it’s like learning a new language or skill. Everywhere you turn, you notice gluten and it reminds you of what you can’t have. But living gluten-free opens many doors of satisfaction for you even though you may not recognize them at first. With so many delicious gluten-free versions available of the foods you used to eat, you won’t go hungry. Plus, there are different ingredients you will be introduced to. Have you tried teff, amaranth, and quinoa yet? Options abound! You won’t like all gluten-free foods, but that’s fine. You didn’t like all gluten-based foods either.
But remember, if your diet is not balanced and lacks a sound nutritious foundation, you won’t feel ultimately satisfied no matter what you eat. Authentic, long-lasting satisfaction comes by eating that which is nourishing to your body. You can design a delicious, nutritious, and satisfying gluten-free lifestyle with thought, planning, and good choices. Simply continue on the adventure to find and eat the foods that satisfy you in healthy ways while not begrudging yourself a little indulgence once in a while.