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.

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