So you’ve just found out, after some annoying-at-best medical tests, that you have Celiac disease. Or maybe you’re thinking that this gluten-free business has something to it, and you want to try it out. The next thing you know you’re in the gluten-free aisle of your favorite grocery store (or in the GF section of your favorite grocery app) and you realize you have no idea what’s good, what’s awful, and it all costs how much?! Though truth be told, when you first go gluten-free, whole foods like vegetables and meat are your best friends, but sometimes you really need a little treat. 

Lots of Creatives find time in the kitchen to be just as fulfilling as when you’re tapping away at the computer or strumming your guitar. Cup4Cup flour, developed at the French Laundry (ooh la la) acts exactly like all-purpose flour. No worries about trying to translate the recipe for your next cupcake masterpiece. A whole grain version, dairy free if you need it, was released this spring.

(Available at Williams Sonoma, $19.95)

So maybe you’re thinking that you want to skip out on grains altogether, or you’re doing a paleo challenge to help you fuel muscle but still need some carbs. In that case you’re going to want to invest in almond flour. Also known as almond meal, it’s simply made by grinding almonds – so store in your freezer to get the longest life.

(Available in bulk from Honeyville, $24.99 for 3lbs)

 

Rebel, your very nature can work against you when it comes to adhering to a strict diet for your health. You need to find treats that are as close to the real thing as possible. Enter Canadian company Kinnikinnick’s Montana’s Chocolate Chip Cookies, or you can call them a Chips Ahoy dupe. They’re not gourmet by any means, but they’re dairy-, nut- and gluten-free.

(Available in grocery stores and online, $4.50/package)

You barely have time for yourself, so how on earth are you going to feed yourself a gluten-free breakfast on the days you’re running out the door? Chex cereal is gluten-free – all versions but the wheat, of course – and available almost EVERYWHERE for a super reasonable price. Try the cinnamon or chocolate for your sweet-tooth.

(Available in grocery stores, about $3.50 a box.)

Kettle Chips aren’t just mad delicious, they’re all gluten-free. But what’s more interesting to you, Visionary, is the way the company actually works – their green building factory runs on solar power, and they have a water reclamation system that captures and reuses more than 3.4 million gallon of water a year. Plus, they convert the waste vegetable oil into biodiesel to run their vehicle fleet. So enjoy a bag of Maple Bacon or Sriracha knowing it’s not only GF, it comes from an innovative, ingenious company.

(Available online and in grocery stores, $3.69)

As one infamous royal allegedly said, let them eat cake. King Arthur Flour has developed a chocolate cake mix that even my mother says is better than her homemade version. (I think it’s a tie.) Unlike other gluten-free cake mixes, this version makes enough for a double layer cake or a dozen cupcakes, with a crumb so tender it would be tough for gluten eaters to tell the difference.

(Available from King Arthur Flour online and in select grocery stores, $6.95.)

 

The last thing you want to think about when you’re on stage is if the makeup you’re wearing is going to make you sick. Lots of gluten-free newbies don’t even think about makeup and toiletries having gluten, but the fact is that a lot of them do. Lipstick is one of the most important products to check, because it’s so easy to consume even a little bit. Red Apple Lipstick solves this problem handily. They offer a wide variety of colors, so that every set of lips can find that perfect pucker.

(Available online, $23.50)

 

Spiritual, you don’t want to have to choose between taking the Holy Communion and risking getting sick. Luckily there’s a solution. Ener-G has created a gluten-free version of the host, made of sweet rice and potato flour. PS. The Vatican has also said that those with Celiac can skip the host and partake only of the Precious Blood, if alternative wafers aren’t accepted at your church.

(Available online from Ener-G, $10.45 for a package of 50.)

 

Just because you can’t eat gluten doesn’t mean you can’t keep up with food trends. Cupcakes are so 2012, though, am I right? Doughnuts are experiencing a resurgence and the yummy offerings from Katz, from plain glazed to jelly to cinnamon, will keep you from feeling deprived.

(Available from Katz Gluten Free online, $5.99.)

 

Maybe you’re too sick right now to go traipsing across the known world, or maybe you’ve just come back. Either way, Chebe bread mix lets you have a little Brazil in your kitchen. Pao de Queijo – cheese bread – can be made from scratch with tapioca flour but Chebe’s mix makes it easy. Plus I can personally vouch for its usefulness as a crunchy chewy pizza crust.

(Available at grocery and online stores, around $3 a box.)

 

The most important thing for you will be to give back to your community. A fantastic way to do that is to take the time to donate gluten-free food items and toiletries to your local food bank. Gluten-free food can often be quite expensive, so it’s out of reach to those who can’t afford basic necessities. Helping stock a food bank’s shelves can make the difference for someone eating gluten-free food or risking getting sick. 

You don’t have time to worry about every bite of food you put in your mouth when you’re studying late into the night or working on the next scientific breakthrough in your lab. KIND bars are a perfect solution. They come in a dizzying array of flavors, from Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan to Roasted Jalapeno, and live happily in your messenger bag, ready to be consumed at the very moment you realize you’re starving and haven’t eaten in twelve hours.

(Available from KIND online and lots of bricks and mortar stores, about $1.25.)