Living Gluten-Free

June 10, 2016


With a growing number of people eating gluten-free these day, more and more of us are becoming aware of products that don’t contain gluten. Gluten is defined as a mixture of proteins found in wheat and related grains, including barley and rye. Some may think it sounds simple, others may find themselves overwhelmed searching for answers and wondering about ingredients in specific products they love.

Many people who avoid gluten do so because they have some type of intolerance or allergy. Managing a gluten-free diet can become easier if you know the severity of your allergy. “Getting an official test done by an allergist is a great first step,” says Catherine Dowling, Registered Dietitian, at MedStar St. Mary’s Health Connections department. “Make sure to eat gluten a day before your allergy test so a proper diagnosis can be read. That way your allergy will be properly documented in your medical records.”

How Can a Dietitian Help?

Living gluten-free means knowing what foods are made of and what ingredients are used in preparing every meal you eat. Whether you need help identifying which foods are naturally gluten-free at the supermarket or making the best choices when eating out, a consultation with our dietitian offers: 

  • One-on-one sessions to help you understand how to better manage your diet
  • Tips on shopping at the supermarket and cooking at home
  • Education on where to look for gluten, not just in food, but also in beauty products
  • Resources for gluten-free recipes and products

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To make an appointment with a Health Connections dietitian, call 301-475-6019. You must present a referral from your allergist or primary care physician.