Living gluten free is not that hard. At first it's a little overwhelming, but soon it will be the only way you know. This site is dedicated to making your gluten free life easy.
My favorite "Celiac-ism"
After explaining my food limitations and that I can't eat wheat, the waiter says: "oh but you can have our bread--it's just white bread. (I fall on the floor laughing.)
Everyone loves a celiac
Well, everyone I know does anyway. Even though as many as 1 in every 100 Americans have Celiac Disease, 97% are undiagnosed due to poor awareness. Untreated Celiac Disease can result in type 1 diabetes, thyroid disease, lupus, liver disease, infertility and cancer.
Celiac Disease is more common than Alzheimer's disease, Crohn's disease, epilepsy, ulcerative colitis, multiple sclerosis or cystic fibrosis.
This is what I refer to as the learning curve of Celiac. At first, "gluten free" seems completly overhwhelming. I remember asking my gastroenterologist to write down the term "celiac sprue" because I had never heard of it. (Now, granted this was in 1996.) Since that time, and with the help of many wonderful friends, I have mastered gluten free living. There is not a food that I cannot either make or find that is a wonderful gluten free replacement from my former gluten life. The trick is attitude. A poitive attitude is everything. You can think "woe is me--I am cursed." Or like me, that the gluten free lifestyle is wonderful and healthy with fresh meats and fish, grains such as quinoi, rice and corn, and all the vegetables you can imagine. Gluten free life is good!
A gluten-free diet means completely avoiding foods that contain wheat (duram, triticale, kamut), oats, rye, spelt and barley. Foods and products made from these grains are not allowed and a person with celiac disease, should avoid most grains, pasta, cereals, beers and many processed foods.
Posted today: The first day of the rest of your gluten free life.