Once you've been diagnosed as a celiac, it's common to discover that you may also be deficient in some of the following: calcium, fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin B12, vitamin D, or zinc. This is caused by the inability of your damaged small intestine to properly absorb the nutrients that your body needs.… Continue reading Vitamins Are a Girl’s (and Boy’s) Best Friend
As a celiac, it's important to become comfortable reading food labels, in order to determine whether or not a food is gluten free and safe to eat. The first thing to know is that the Food Allergen Labeling Consumer Protection Act requires that foods are labeled to identify the eight major food allergens: milk, eggs,… Continue reading Only the Finest Ingredients
One of the biggest worries as a celiac is when it comes to the cross-contact of our food...a.k.a., gluten crumbs hijacking our safe, gluten free meal. Let me just put it out there that as a celiac, gluten crumbs are the enemy. I have become a master of maintaining my composure on the outside while… Continue reading The Dreaded Gluten Crumbs
The diagnosis has been confirmed...you have celiac disease. The moment after this life-changing news can be incredibly daunting. I know my diagnosis was hard for my parents, as I was only three years old. I was fortunate in the fact that I would grow up not knowing what I was missing with regular food, while… Continue reading I’ve Been Diagnosed…Now What?
I was diagnosed with celiac disease when I was three years old - back in 1995. I was sick all the time and going to the doctor nearly every week. My stomach was bloated, my hair was falling out, and my skin was flaking off. My wonderful mom is the one who discovered what was… Continue reading Gluten Free Before It Was Cool