What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac Disease is a condition in which a person cannot tolerate and is allergic to gluten. Gluten can be found in wheat, barley, bran, rye, and oats*. If a person who is diagnosed with celiac disease eats gluten, his or her body begins to destroy villi in the small intestine. Villi are tiny extensions of the small intestine that allow nutrients to be absorbed from food into the bloodstream. Damaged villi leads to sickness and malnourishment because the body faces a shortage of nutrients . As of now, the only way to avoid this damage and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is by eating a gluten-free diet.
*There are some oats that are certified gluten-free- they would be suitable for those with celiac disease
http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/#what (US Department of Health and Human Services, National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse)
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703846604575447413874799110.html (Wall Street Journal)
How do I make an easy transition into a gluten-free diet?
If you are committed to making the changes necessary in order to eat a gluten-free diet, it’s a smooth transition. The key is to not let it take over your life, but rather be a part of your life. It’s really as easy as pie (gluten-free pie that is)! First, you need to gather some background knowledge on living gluten-free. And you’re already on the right track by reading this blog! A good place to start is what foods typically contain gluten, how do you steer clear from cross-contamination, what tasty and healthy gluten-free options can replace the ‘gluten-filled’ choices you are currently eating, etc. And that’s where I’m here to help! Take a look at my favorite products, recipes, and product and restaurant reviews. From there, it’s simply finding a routine that works for you, your new favorite dishes and satisfying snacks.
So let’s start with the basics…
Can I still travel and have gluten-free options?
Of course you can!
Keep reading at: http://theglutenfreeyou.com/travelling/
What are some of your favorite gluten-free products?
Check out shopping advice to get the names of all my favorite brands for each type of product (the best kinds of gluten-free bars, my favorite gluten-free cookies, etc.). You can also take a look at the Product of the Month page to see detailed reviews of one product each month!