A gluten-free diet can be expensive and difficult to follow, but as these diets become more common, the transition to the new diet becomes easier. Gluten-free versions of many favorite foods such as pasta, bread, and cookies are becoming more readily available in mainstream stores. Moreover, changes in the diet to replace breads, pastas, and other processed foods with vegetables, protein, and other whole foods are big steps toward a healthy, gluten-free diet.
Restaurants offering exclusively gluten-free meals are likely to be on the pricey side and are not common. Most restaurants will have gluten-free options on their menu (i.e. salads without croutons, fish or meat with vegetables served without bread or breading, etc.), although these choices may be limited. You may need to notify your server that you need gluten-free food choices, and they can help you choose between the available options or suggest changes to menu items.
Online sources for gluten-free cooking ingredients are also available, and some of these may be priced more affordably (see Resources ). Also, bulk or co-op buying may ease the cost of gluten-free items.