Over the past seven years, I’ve gotten lots of questions from people who want to know more about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. I’ve set down at the computer many times to write emails to people who were just diagnosed (or their child was just diagnosed) with a condition that required them to be on a gluten-free diet. I wanted to make it easier for them to get started on the diet: give them ideas of what they could eat, lead them to websites to answer their questions, and help them find support groups. It takes a while to write it all down in an email. And, I always forgot something. So, this has been the primary motivation for creating my website — having a place to provide the information I would’ve found useful when I first embarked on this gluten-free lifestyle. I also think it’s a great way to organize my favorite gluten-free websites, recipes, thoughts, etc. for my own quick reference. And finally, I’m looking forward to networking with other websites and bloggers to find new ideas and inspiration for living gluten-free. I hope you find this website helpful and fun!
Please keep in mind, that I am not a doctor. I am a wife and mother living gluten-free. I will try not to give any medical advice. Any comments or recommendations I make are based on my own research and experiences. Please refer to the Resources page for more information about Celiac Disease and where to find websites that can answer more specific questions about symptoms, testing, etc. When making decisions about your health, please consult a doctor. Any recipes I post are meant to be gluten-free, and in order to be so you need to read labels to make sure every ingredient you use in the recipes is gluten-free. The same thing goes for any products I recommend. Product labels are subject to change at any time, so please be sure to check the labels on any packaging before you purchase and consume the product.
My History I am currently a stay-at-home mother. My husband and I, along with our two kids, all follow a gluten-free diet. My son was diagnosed with Celiac Disease when he was about 18 months old. He had mild symptoms, but because he was small (below the growth curve) he was labeled as a “failure to thrive” baby. Thus began the testing. His blood tests were negative for everything, including Celiac Disease. But his doctors still wanted to do an endoscopy to check for CD. The endoscopy did indeed show the villi were blunted and thus began our adventure into a gluten-free life.
Deciding on a Gluten-Free Kitchen We immediately removed all gluten from our son’s diet. I slowly removed gluten from my own diet, by gradually eating up what was left in the house. I didn’t want my son getting gluten by accident, and since he was so good at climbing and getting into things he shouldn’t, my husband and I decided to make our kitchen (and house!) a safe, gluten-free place for him.
Gluten-Free for Everyone Both my husband and I have been tested for CD with inconclusive results, though we know my husband has the gene for it. Originally we figured we (my husband and I) would eat food containing gluten when we went out to eat, but that changed, too. We both found that we felt better on a gluten-free diet, and decided to stick to the diet. I also decided that I needed practice ordering gluten-free food at restaurants and wanted my son to see how important it is to ask the right questions in order to get truly gluten-free food. My daughter has been gluten-free since birth. Now that we’ve all been on the diet for 7+ years, it just seems natural to continue it. It really does seem to be best for all of us.
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