Celiac disease is not the doom and gloom that it used to be. Eating gluten-free can be easy and fun, delicious, and decadent.
Celiac disease is intolerance to eating gluten. According to Web M.D. “Celiac Disease” and Wikipedia, 2010, gluten is a protein that binds food together. It is found in wheat, oats, rye and barley. If somebody with celiac disease eats gluten, it causes a reaction in their small intestine and damages the villi. The villi are used to absorb nutrients. When the villi are damaged, it leads to malabsorption and stunted growth in children. Celiac disease cannot be cured, but it can be managed effectively through dietary changes. It is not the doom and gloom that it used to be. People like Karina Allrich know how to eat and cook successfully without gluten.
Shopping for a Celiac
When shopping for a newly diagnosed celiac, the grocery store can seem like a haunted house. It is a scary place to be when you don’t know what you’re looking for. With gluten lurking around every corner, and napping in every nook and cranny, it’s hard to know what to buy and what to avoid. The perimeters of the grocery store are a good place to start.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are good gluten-free choice.
Protein and eggs are gluten-free.
Some luncheon meat is gluten-free, but it must be all natural with no additives or thickeners.
Most grocery stores have gluten-free aisles where you can find cookies, cakes mixes, breads, even pizza.
According to the product websites, the below foods are gluten free.
Pamela’s makes great gluten-free food, as does Glutino, and even Betty Crocker has come on board with gluten-free mixes. Bob’s Red Mill has some incredible mixes and flours.
Nestle’s makes gluten-free candy, abd M&Ms, Hersey bars and Skittles are gluten-free. Make certain you read the labels because ingredients are sometimes changed.
Betty Crocker homestyle frosting is gluten-free, so there is no need for your child to be missing their birthday cake.
Tips for Feeding Your Celiac Child at School
If your child goes to public school, by law the school system has to offer your child at least one gluten-free choice, for both breakfast and lunch. Request a 504 meeting with your child’s school system to accommodate you.
It will be helpful when you travel to always pack food so that you will have some safe choices for your child to eat. Although gluten-free food typically costs more money than non-gluten-free food, please be aware that you can claim the difference as a tax deduction. Eating gluten-free is not the doom and gloom that it used to be. In no time at all, your child will be able to have his/her cake and eat it too. Eating gluten-free can be as easy as pie, pasta, or pizza.