Have you been toying with the idea to go gluten free? I am sure the thought has crossed your mind over time considering it is often touted as being a quick and easy way to lose weight. And lately, it is all the rage in the media, with celebrities and sports figures, and the proof is in the increasing number of gluten-free options staring you in the face on grocery store shelves.

It is true that eating a gluten-free, clean, fresh, and healthy diet will go a long way in to help you boost your metabolism, loose weight, get super lean, and put you on the path to the healthiest you have ever been. BUT… it only works if you follow some key strategies:

1.  Ditch the Word “Diet”… The “D” Word ONLY equates to Short Term Success. Instead of considering this to be a diet, consider it as a life-long change. Make it a Lifestyle Change for Permanent Results.

2.  Ditch as many grains as possible. Don’t just replace Gluten-filled baked goods with Gluten-free options.  Store-bought gluten-free breads, crackers, muffins, and snacks are usually filled with starchy carbohydrates that will only spike insulin levels and add a nice puffy layer of padding around your middle.

Aim for using either high-protein flours such as coconut flour, almond flour, teff flour, quinoa flour, oat flour, or millet flour if you are going to do any baked goods.

3.  Learn how to read labels. Gluten can be lurking in surprising places. Make a gluten-free cheat sheet and keep it with you so you do not end up getting gluten without knowing it.

4. Begin a love affair with the produce aisle (and the entire exterior of your grocery store). This is the easiest way to go gluten-free and become a lean machine. Fruits, vegetables, seafood, meat, and poultry are all naturally gluten free.

5. While you are in the middle of that love affair with the exterior of your store, include the spice aisle into the mix and make it a threesome.  Getting creative with your spices and herbs can take a bland meal into a sexy, delicious masterpiece.

6.  Plan your meals out at the beginning of the week.  Put together a simple clean-eating Menu Plan and create the shopping list then get everything you need at the beginning of the week so it is all on hand and ready to go.

7. Ditch the Refined Sugars. Sugar drains and leaches the body of precious vitamins and minerals through the demand its digestion, detoxification and elimination makes upon one's entire system. Sugar eaten every day produces a continuously over-acid condition, and more and more minerals are required from deep in the body in the attempt to rectify the imbalance. Excess sugar eventually affects every organ in the body and is stored in the form of fat in the most inactive areas: the belly, the buttocks, the breasts, and the thighs.

8. Challenge yourself to eliminate packaged foods from your pantry. Eat ONLY whole fresh foods

9. Focus on taking care of your gut…from the inside-out. Healing the gut and taking care of your digestion will go a long way in giving you that flat sculpted belly you have been longing for.

10. Keep Those Meals Simple.  Keep your meal ingredients to a minimum.  Create fresh and easy meals that only take minutes to throw together. This goes a long way to keeping you on track and helping you from falling off the wagon because it is getting “too hard” or because it takes “too long” to make something

Some of the simplest meals can look and feel the most gourmet when all you are using are fresh wholesome ingredients.

Most importantly…have fun and know that when you eat clean, fresh, simple gluten-free foods you are doing something so positive and beneficial for your health!