If you have been recently diagnosed with Coeliac disease (or know of anyone who has), it is important to book an assessment with a registered Dietitian, who will provide you with dietary advice and a nutrition plan.
Most people understand that they must avoid gluten, but having a comprehensive assessment will provide you with greater understanding, giving you the confidence to manage your diet at home, when eating out or while travelling.
The first step towards managing a gluten free diet is being able to identify gluten in whole and processed foods as an ingredient or additive. The second step is to understand what you can have to replace gluten, so that you are not missing out on any important sources of energy (e.g. carbohydrates). The third step is to appreciate what nutrients you need to pay particular attention to (e.g. calcium, iron, vitamins D and B)
Finally, you will gain awareness of certain practical issues regarding the management of a gluten free diet, such as avoiding cross contamination, and planning an overall balanced diet to ensure you are having the correct servings from all of the different food groups. For example, we pay attention to fibre and added sugar (since gluten free products can often be low in fibre and high in sugar).