The calories in gluten free foods aren't always higher. If you buy pre-packaged foods then they may be (and where I live they are horribly expensive too) but it is possible to be GF without buying them. A plate of meat and vegetables doesn't have gluten in, after all. When I first started living gluten-free I found it easier when I cut out all subsitute foods, as they would only make me think of how much worse they were than "real" bread and such, and make the cravings worse. Then I re-introduced them gradually, but I am trying to cut them out again now.
My advice for someone new to it is to read the packaging on things carefully. Yes it is tedious and time consuming, but it is better than accidentally getting glutened (though this won't be so bad if you're not actually gluten intolerant/coeliac).
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