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Living with Celiac Disease

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on Monday, 11 November 2013 in Health & Nutrition


celiac diseaseIt has been 15 years since my husband was diagnosed with Celiac Disease (CD). When we received the results from the biopsy confirming that he did indeed have CD, we were told that they virtually had no information; no one to refer us to and good luck.


We spent hours researching on the internet. Celiac Disease (CD) is a chronic disorder which attacks the small intestine. The only treatment is a lifelong adherence to a gluten free diet. Once the gluten is removed from your diet, the small intestine will start to heal and your health improves.


Adapting to a gluten-free (GF) lifestyle was challenging at first to say the least! Simple things become complicated. We made our kitchen GF.   This included replacing many pots, pans, dishes and kitchen utensils. Anything with a porous surface is a possible source of cross contamination.


Dining out was no longer a spontaneous act. Can they accommodate our dietary restrictions? Imagine not being able to share a holiday meal with loved ones. Grocery shopping became a timely endeavor, reading all labels, including makeup and medications. These are just a few of the challenges people with CD face.


But it is not all negative! As in all life’s challenges, being informed gives you a greater awareness and new opportunities. For instance, living a GF lifestyle gives you many health benefits! 95% of what we eat now is fresh, non-processed foods—something everyone should be doing, whether you have CD or not.


GF awareness is growing daily. You are not alone! There is support and information available today that did not exist just a few years ago. Labeling laws have improved dramatically.   Many restaurants have GF menus available. Chefs and waitstaff are trained to handle food allergies. Companies are developing more and more GF products every day. Whitsons has an amazing line of pre-packaged GF meals available to students—this was unheard of 15 years ago!


And most importantly for me, my husband is healthy and strong!


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Shirley Thursday, 07 November 2013

Very interesting article and much informative information included.

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