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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?

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