Find Support!

Support groups can be a crucial resource for the newly diagnosed as well as the seasoned Celiac & non-celiab gluten-sensitive community. By attending local support group meetings and seminars you will gain important information on the latest in medical research, dietitian recommendations, useful tips for living a healthy gluten-free lifestyle,and so much more. Support Group meetings are a wonderful venue where you can chat with others on a similar Celiac journey.  Take a significant other, a friend, or go solo. You can even consider volunteering!

There are multiple National Celiac Organizations that can be a source of support groups. Here are some that are great:

-The American Celiac Disease Alliance

-Celiac Disease Foundation

-Celiac Sprue Association

-National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

Remember: you are never alone. There are support groups everywhere and anywhere!

-Janice 🙂

 

Everyday Struggles of Living Gluten-Free as told by BuzzFeed

Everyday Struggles of Living Gluten-Free

The popular website BuzzFeed creates hilarious content that may relate to almost any aspect of peoples’ lives. In the post above, titled “Everyday Struggles of Living Gluten-Free,” the sad but true facts about gluten-free are revealed with an exaggeratedly funny twist.

Although the restrictions of gluten-free eaters may seem minimal, they can effect many areas of their lives. In this list of 23 struggles, the more inconvenient facts of the matter are evaluated, such as the office or class parties that offer nothing gluten-free as seen in #8.  Of course this list is somewhat over-the-top and evidently hysterical as it picks fun at the everyday obstacles of somebody living gluten-free, but it definitely offers those that deal with it an opportunity to laugh and take this all a little less seriously.

Banana Cream Pie

Arguably the hardest meal for anyone who is gluten free is dessert. Imagine sitting around a table with your family; you see home-cooked brownies, cookies, pastries, donuts, cakes, pies…and you can’t eat a single thing. But–fear not!–your aunt swoops in with some store bought gluten-free cookies, and you can’t wait to sink your teeth into chocolate chip cookie goodness, so you take a bite and taste…cardboard. You remove the “cookie” from your mouth, squint your eyes, and try to figure out how someone made a piece of cardboard look just like your favorite dessert. Soon, reality begins to set in; you realize that you are stuck with a mediocre dessert (at best), but to make your aunt happy, you choke it down with some milk and a smile.

Odds are, if you are gluten free, this has happened to you. Even in the brief time that I was gluten free, I was served multiple variations of cardboard that were incorrectly labeled as desserts. So, until companies correct their labels, gluten free desserts may be best prepared at home. To get you started, here’s a recipe I found in the New York Times for a gluten free banana cream pie (YUM!!) that will be ready for you to eat in under two hours. Say goodbye to cardboard, and hello to deliciousness!

Who is “Gluten Dude?”

Who is Gluten Dude? And could he possibly be the most opinionated person on the Internet?

First, let me tell you a couple things about “Gluten Dude.” The creator of this website (who also has a blog with the same title) is, in fact, a dude. He is in his forties, has two teenage daughters, and is, of course, gluten free, and has been since 2007 when he was diagnosed with Celiac disease. After searching the internet extensively, I was unable to find his real name ANYWHERE (which I thought was a little odd, especially in today’s society where you can find information on practically everyone), but I decided to trust him, as he promises to “always give you the naked truth about going gluten free.” And he’s a pretty funny guy.

I came across an article on his website titled “Disney Thinks Bullying a Gluten Free Child is Funny.” Naturally, it caught my attention, and made me wonder whether this insanely dramatic title was justified. So, I read on. Essentially, the article was Gluten Dude’s reaction to an episode of Disney Channel’s TV series “Jessie,” in which Stuart (potentially the show’s most annoying/disliked character) is made fun of for his dietary restrictions in general, but primarily for being gluten free.

The article includes a YouTube video that shows the footage from the episode that Gluten Dude and a multitude of parents found to be extremely insulting and insensitive to gluten-free kids everywhere, as well as a message from a parent who started a petition at change.org to get the episode removed from air waves. Ultimately, Disney did remove the episode and posted an apology to their Facebook page for upsetting families across the nation.

So what do you guys think? I’ve watched the clip several times, and it’s hard to say why Disney included this in one of their shows. A part of me thinks it wasn’t to make fun of gluten free kids, but instead was used to satirize the immense number of people who decide to be gluten free just because they think it’s “healthier,” not because they have any allergy or intolerance to gluten. That being said, Disney should be an ally to gluten free kids instead of supporting the bullies that they have to face everyday. What do you guys think? Did the episode really deserve to be petitioned and taken off the air, or did parents overreact and take it too far? I can’t decide!

Gluten-Free Alcohol: You Have All Thought About It Once Before

SO you never want to ask, but I know you’ve thought about it before; especially after reading our blog: “What alcohol is gluten free?” All of you college kids out there, don’t you worry. I’ve done some research so all of you know what you can and can’t drink at a bar or any party.

First thing first, a BIG no-no is BEER! It’s made from malted barley. Keep away from the beer bongs and those beer games. However, there are some gluten free beers! Try Red Bridge, Bard’s, Estrella Damm Daura, and Green’s Endeavor. You can still join your friends if you stick to these.

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Sorry to say this, but another BIG NO is Smirnoff Ice and Bacardi Silver because they are made from malt.

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Now, for what IS SAFE, which is a lot more than you’d expect. Here are some of the following: champagne, gin, scotch, whiskey, vermouth, vodka, bourbon, Kahlua, Armagnac, cognac, brandy, schnapps, triple sec, and Jagermeister.

Vodka is made from wheat, but during the distilling process, all of the gluten is extracted and is therefore safe for Celiacs. Try Svedka, Skyy, Absolut, Belvedere, Balinoff, Smirnoff, Grey Goose, Ciroc; they’re all okay. Most rums are gluten free EXCLUDING Bacardi Silver products. Be careful when consuming flavored or spiced rums as they could contain gluten ingredients for flavoring!

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The easiest way to know if something’s gluten free before you drink it in a social setting is to grab your smartphone or your friend’s and google it. Better safe than sorry!

Hope this helps for you college Celiacs out there!

Check out this article on Huffington Post about Celiac Disease. Show it to your friends who want a simple explanation of the disease, or those who think they might need to be Gluten-Free!

AND if you are someone like me who loves information in the simplest form, check out this “Living Gluten-Free For Dummies” page. It’s a great “cheat sheet” and it pretty much sums it all up.

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AND ONLY REMEMBER THIS UNTIL AFTER YOU TURN 21 (if you are not of age yet)! If you are 21 and a celiac: here ya go! 

Remember to be RESPONSIBLE, LEGAL, && MOST IMPORTANTLY: SAFE

 

-Janice Vargas 🙂

The World of Gluten-Free Recipes

Just a simple search on Google reveals a plethora of recipes for all different types of food. However, with more and more people becoming gluten-free, more websites are adapting and becoming gluten-free as well. One website in particular is called Simply Recipes. This site has an entire gluten-free index of recipes for all different types of food. The recipes range from gluten free soups to gluten-free chill and more. This website demonstrates media fluency in that it shows how media have to adapt to the changes in the world. Recipe sites now have to accommodate to all different types of people. The simplicity of just searching recipes and finding an astonishing amount of them on the internet demonstrates just how easy it is to accommodate the internet to personal needs. The real question is, is it going to stop here? If people begin to form different allergies and diseases will media be able to keep up? This is only something that time will be able to tell.

Simply Recipes