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Gluten-free Diet – Cheating vs. Accidental “Glutening”

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I feel there are two methods of “getting glutened” I think most everyone will agree takes place.  One method is the conscious, blatent cheating and the other is the accidental ingestion of gluten.

Let’s take a closer look at conscious, blatent cheating. I feel there are a few reasons for taking this stance in regard to celiac disease.  The most obvious one for me is denial – especially if you find you have no “obvious” symptoms once gluten is ingested.  Another reason for cheating could be a lack of discipline.  Maybe some fear the gluten-free diet will be “too hard or too inconvenient” to follow?  Another excuse could  possibly be “a gluten-free diet is too expensive.”  In regard to all four reasons listed previously, all should be out-weighed with one simple counter-argument: your Life.  Research has clearly shown celiac disease is an auto-immune disorder which affects many organs and systems within your body.  From digestive system to skin to brain to internal organs – gluten affects a lot within you.  Once systems and organs are continually compromised over time, they give out.  Yes, you know the end result.

In regard to the occasional accidental “glutening,” this is an issue as well.  While I know it happens to the best of us, it should give us all pause to be more diligent in how we treat our bodies.  An old adage comes to mind in regard to this – “two steps forward, one step back.”

Now for the “Good News!”  We are in the 21st Century and the Information Age.  We have the Internet.  Search ‘search engines (such as Bing, Dogpile, Google)’ like this:  “gluten free barbeque sauce.”  Result? http://glutenfreecooking.about.com/b/2008/06/22/gluten-free-bbq-sauce.htm.  You can do searches like this all day long and be gluten-free successfully.  You can also search for specific gluten-free recipes and menus.  You can follow gluten-free people on Twitter and request advice and ask questions.  You can look up restaurants to see if they have gluten-free menus on-line and print, if necessary.  There is no end in sight in regard to the gluten-free information you can pull off the Internet and use to your benefit.  Consume and absorb the information available to you.

At the end of the day, please know you all have many people who love and cherish each and everyone of you.  Therefore, love yourself as much as they do and take care of yourself.  Noone can take care of you better than you.  My mantra continues to be “Research and Educate.”  Peace be with you.

The Holidays – Gluten-free

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Ahh! The Holiday Season is nearly upon us.  Thanksgiving, the “hustle bustle,” crazy shopping malls, going to Grandma’s house … and … the Food. This last mention is what stresses us the most – the Food.  Corporate Holiday parties, going to Family homes, Potlucks at work and social groups – how do we survive it all?

We survive it all by researching and educating ourselves.  In regard to Corporate Holiday parties – find out who the caterer or food provider is. Find out what the menu is and what your options are. If options will be limited, eat a snack or a light meal beforehand so you will not be tempted to cheat because you’re starving (don’t say you haven’t done that!).  In regard to travelling to Family homes – yes, they may know you are gluten-free, but they may not know cross-contamination issues.  They may assume you can “separate food from the crust.”  They mean well, but few more than you know how serious celiac disease is.  Again, obtain the menu and lay out a map for yourself in regard to how you will eat.  Offer to bring a substantial dish, if possible.  Plan, plan, plan – I cannot say that enough.  In regard to Potlucks – most of the time there is a “sign-up sheet” with names corresponding to what they are bringing.  A couple of days before the event, the sign-up sheet should be about finalized.  Get with other members of the potluck and ask questions about their food items.  Ask for brand names of bottled sauces they’ll be using and then research on your own to verify if gluten-free.  If possible, suggest gluten-free items they may use so you can eat their food item.  That said, you are walking a tight-rope here.  Don’t expect others to cater to you and bring food items “just for you.”  You are one of many – this goes for all Public food events you attend.

While it won’t be easy, you can survive the Holiday Season and be gluten-free.  The two biggest words you will need to remember are “research” and “plan.”  I wish you Luck and know you can do it.

Welcome to My First GlutenFreeTip Blog

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Good Evening,

I am eager to start a blog in regard to Gluten-free tips. I’m learning the format as I go, so please forgive any hiccups I encounter while learning and developing in this new medium.  In advance, I thank you for your patience. I hope to provide new and original material to help Celiacs, Coeliacs with gluten-free information and resources.  I feel I have a lot of anecdotal experience I can add which I hope will be helpful for you, the reader.  Thank you for your time, and please feel free to respond with critique and compliments. 🙂

Gluten-Free Advice

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Do you know celiac, coeliac individuals suffer un-necessarily in regard to gluten-free advice (for a price!)? Know you can search, for free, search engines for glutenfree information?  Do you know you can ‘be the hero’ with celiac, coeliac recipes while searching the internet? People want money when info is free.  Please look into. I implore you.  I have, and so should you. Thank you. 🙂

Gluten-free Potluck Advice

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Do not think as a celiac or coeliac you are “less than” in regard to your contribution to potluck submission.  Talk to co-workers and friends about gluten-free and what you and others can contribute. Know you can advocate gluten-free with your contribution. Educate others on how flavor is not compromised with gluten-free.  Your dish should reflect what you believe in as far as nutrients, enjoyment, and flavor.  Be there to educate others in regard to what “glutenfree” is.  Take care.

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