I am starting my second decade with the Celiac diagnosis and am on a mission with the Celiacsense blog: to get more folks with Celiac disease invited to the party.
This scenario happens regularly in my life where I accept a dinner invitation from a dear friend or someone I would really like to get to know better. Then I remember, it’s not so easy. I have to discuss the fact that I have Celiac disease. What to do? Decline the invitation, offer to bring my own meal, or give the host a crash course in gluten free cooking? I’ve always wanted a place to send the host for information on feeding folks with Celiac disease. That is my mission with these pages. In the coming months I will have a place to send my friends, and the curious, for a beginner’s guide to serving the totally gluten free meal a person with Celiac disease requires to be healthy and pain free.
Celiac disease was a diagnosis I wanted to deny, but it was undeniable as the mysterious array of symptoms that had been present for three years came back when I accidentally ingested anything containing or contaminated with gluten. The first tell tale sign that I have consumed gluten is part of my right leg goes numb. I share this bit of my story to emphasize that for a person with Celiac disease a gluten free diet is not a fad but a very serious requirement for maintaining their most basic health.