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Celiac Awareness Day

Today is Celiac Disease Awareness Day.  I thought this would be a great time to share some basic information on Celiac Disease and the gluten-free diet to help those newly diagnosed or looking for a possible diagnosis or answers to their health problems.

One of the best places to start is the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness website.  They have a wonderful symptom checklist that can be completed, printed out and then taken to your doctor with you. 

Once you receive a diagnosis or embark on the gluten-free diet it is often hard to figure out where to start.  Check out these Gluten-Free Tips for Newbies for all kinds of information to help make those first few days, weeks and months a little easier. 

Since we are talking about awareness today, I thought it would be a great time to share the newest piece of information I learned about coffee about Dunkin Donuts from Paula at Celiac Corner:

9/10/12 – She stated that “at this time” ALL DD’s coffees, plain and flavored are gluten-free (includes Barley/Rye). All ground bagged coffees are gluten-free as well. She suggested however that anytime a new flavor is introduced, it should be questioned .. but as of this moment in time, ALL are GF. I recommended they add “barley & rye” to their allergen/nutritional website info and of course, there is always a risk of cross-contamination in an establishment where so many wheat-based items are being handled! Hope this info will be useful to your visitors!

And, last, but not least, if you haven’t found these yet…

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Yum!!!  If they weren’t good enough on their own, my friend, Amy Jones, suggested dropping two of these babies in the bottom of your coffee cup!  I know how I am having my coffee tomorrow!

What is your favorite gluten-free food? 

How long did it take you to get diagnosed with Celiac Disease, if you have been diagnosed?

Are you gluten-free for another reason other than Celiac Disease?  If so, please share why. 

If there was one thing you could do to help get the word out & raise Celiac Awareness, what would it be?

5 comments to Celiac Awareness Day

  • celiacinthecity

    Happy Celiac Awareness Day, Kim! (sorry I've been so M.I.A. around here… laptop has been on hiatus, but I'm BACK!) Those pumpkin kisses could be super dangerous, and I'm a big fan of tossing some chocolate into my coffee mug — I won't say how many peppermint ones I've had in my day. :)

  • Happy belated Celiac Awareness Day! Enjoy the coffee…it's as close to pumpkin spice latte as I can get at home. I do add lowfat vanilla creamer too, FYI. ;-)

  • That candy looks very good!

    I am going through the testing process now… having a G&E/celiac biopsy in November and soon have to go back to eating gluten for 2 months before that. Yuk.

  • Laurel

    I could really use some help here, my husband was recently diagnosed with "celiacs disease or something that mimics it" the diagnosis was given 3weeks ago and that was it. No appt for a nutritionist or even instructions. At my husband's prodding an appt for a nutritionist was made but not until october 17th!! I have been trying to google everything i can to find out how to help and we have been doing the gluten free products (buns, pastas and the like) but he still has terrible bloat and diarhhea like before and worse. I am starting to think that maybe i am contaminating him with the pots and pans or plastic storage keeper. Please any thoughts or instructions would be so greatly appreciated. He is depressed and discouraged and so am i.. thank you

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