What is a Gluten-Free Diet?


Over the last few years, ‘going’ gluten-free has become more popular. If you’re considering going gluten-free — it can be challenging for those whose diets contain a lot of wheat-based foods and processed products — but Prepared with Purpose can help set you in the right direction.

Following a gluten-free diet can be a challenge if you don’t have the right resources. While you have to pay careful attention to avoid gluten, there are Prepared with Purpose gives you the opportunity to explore new cuisines, ingredients — and tons of dishes that are gluten-free.

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, you’ll need to eliminate gluten. It’s the key — get rid of gluten and feel better.

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and other grains. It is what gives the dough its elastic texture. In individuals with celiac disease, the gluten triggers an immune reaction that damages the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing nutrients.

What is a Gluten-Free Diet?

A gluten-free diet is exactly what it sounds like. No secrets or special dieting tricks. Gluten-free products are made from different ingredients that don’t contain gluten. A gluten-free diet helps manage symptoms of celiac disease — and other medical conditions associated with gluten.

Who Should Use the Gluten-Free Diet?

A gluten-free diet is beneficial for those with celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, or anyone who chooses to follow a gluten-free diet — including those who have difficulty digesting gluten.

Those who follow a gluten-free diet for may be seeking weight loss, better focus, increased energy, or a less-bloated belly, all benefits touted by the gluten-free diet.

What You Can and Can’t Eat on the Gluten-Free Diet?

Instead of opting for processed foods that are labeled as gluten-free, Prepared with Purpose provides you better nutritional options eating whole food meals that are naturally gluten-free.

These include:

  • Fruits and vegetables.
  • Yogurt, cheese, milk and other dairy products.
  • Meats, poultry, fish and seafood.
  • Beans, nuts and seeds.

Foods to Avoid:

Gluten-containing grains:

  • Wheat
  • Barley
  • Bulgur
  • Cross-contaminated oats (check the label to ensure the food is gluten-free)
  • Rye

Pure wheat and all its forms.

  • Wheat starch
  • Wheat bran
  • Wheat germ
  • Cracked wheat
  • Semolina
  • Spelt


  • Most beer (unless clearly marked gluten free)
  • Malt beverages

Getting Started on a Gluten-Free Diet

There are more than 60,000 certified gluten-free products on the market. The best way to get started on a gluten-free diet is to incorporate organic, fresh — ready-to-heat and eat meals from Prepared with Purpose.

Meals are prepped and prepared by Chef Joann, who can provide personalized and detailed guidance on the gluten-free diet. Joining the PWP community is a great way to learn more about the gluten-free lifestyle — and build a trusted gluten-free network for shopping, conversation, and sharing favorite meals.

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