Good day to you.  We all know surviving Celiac Disease is no easy task.  Despite that, I’ve decided to raise a very thought-provoking question to my fellow celiac survivors:  “What causes a Celiac to mimic a gluten diet?”  What caused me to raise this question?  The short answer is the feed I receive daily from celiac survivors on Twitter.  I see all kinds of gluten-free cookie, bread, scone, french-toast, dessert and other glutenesque recipes.  I keep asking myself – why are these tweets so popular and/ or so well-responded to?  How are celiac survivors leading a nutrition-filled Life devouring tweets like these as if they are candy?

To educate myself, I went to the Stuffed Pepper website to ask that very question:  What Causes Celiac to Mimic A Gluten Diet?.  To say the least, the responses I received were stark in contrast in regard to what I expected to receive.  Glutenesque recipes are very popular on the internet.  That said the reasons behind them are as diverse as the originating celiac survivor tweep.  Many celiac survivors, I’ve found, are new in their celiac journey and find gluten-free pasta familiar to substitute with what they already knew in regard to gluten pasta recipes.  Other celiac survivors, now gluten-free, use their education with different wheat flours and gluten recipes and transpose them with gluten-free flours and create great gluten-free recipes for us on that end.  Additionally, many celiac survivors create recipes for us solely based upon the celiac survivor need at large.

In that research, I’ve found one common denominator.  Celiacs want to help themselves and each other.  While celiacs like to mimic gluten ingredients, they don’t always depend on those same ingredients to be gluten-free.  Familiar ingredients do create familiar or similar dishes whether with or without gluten.  In general,  I feel celiac survivors want to educate others with gluten-free options which may be similar to the gluten diet, but with their own twist or touch.  Celiac survivors want their cake and eat it and want nutrition as well.

Anecdotally, I do observe savory recipe education is on the rise with the celiac survivor on Twitter.  This is a trend I hope will continue to expand in coming months and years.  Nutrition is of up most importance for the celiac survivor as a result of absorption issues and damage previous gluten ingestion has caused us.  Nutritious, meal-time recipes for celiac survivors are a needed educational resource which all should share.  If you have such ideas, please don’t be afraid to tweet on Twitter or blog on.

Research, educate, and advocate all celiac and gluten-free.

Peace be with you.