New Celiac And Need Some Input On Diet/vitamins in Meet Up Room Posted August 1, 2010 · Report to Admin Anything in particular you need a substitute for? The first month is very hard, but soon you'll have a repertoire of safe foods you enjoy, and gluten-free will be second nature to you. One tip I'd add to the excellent advice above: keep snacks on hand! When you're out, you don't want to be stuck somewhere, hungry & not knowing where you can eat. Bring an energy bar (I like Larabars & Kind Bars), trail mix, chips, whatever works for you. Eventually you'll know what chains and local places are safe, but for now, hunger can be a bewildering feeling! It also helps to have treats at home for when the munchies hit - it just makes it so much easier not to cheat or get frustrated if you have things you like to eat on hand. Don't rely entirely on junk food of course - gluten-free cookies are still cookies! - but having some yummy stuff on hand sure makes you feel better. =) As for the taste being different, well, yes and no. There are honestly a lot of awful gluten-free products out there, especially the older brands likely to show up in supermarkets, but there are really great ones, too. New products are coming out all the time. Not sure about the dizzyness - did you cut back on calories, or make any major changes from your usual protein/carb balance? I have heard some people have a sort of withdrawal reaction from gluten. If that's it, your body will adjust, but you may want to check with your doctor if you're not sure. Just remember, this will be so worth it when the gluten-free lifestyle gives you your health back! It won't be instant - you've got years of damage to heal - but with luck you'll notice changes within the next few weeks. I was lucky, and it was only a few days, but don't be discouraged if it takes longer. It's so empowering to be able to "fix" yourself, just by eating differently. Best of luck to you!