Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Happy Celiac Awareness Month

Hellooooooooooooooooo, May! So nice to see you. We've definitely experienced April Showers and now I'm waiting on those May Flowers. What about you?

Now that we're welcoming in the month of May, it is also time to celebrate Celiac Awareness Month. For those of you who are new to the blog, my mom was diagnosed with celiac disease in June 2008 and I was diagnosed with gluten sensitivity in May 2010. Aside from personal experience, both mom and I have a number of friends who also share our gluten problems. And so this "holiday," should you wish to call it such, hits very close to home. And all of us in this "community" feel a real desire and dedication to educate others in the hopes that they can help themselves or others who may be unknowingly and needlessly suffering.

There are SO many wonderful websites out there, from researchers to practicianers to parents to chefs, that are chock full of fantastic education and information on the subject, not to mention food reviews and recipes and restaurant guides and lists of retailers and ... the list goes on. And it's in this vein that I have decided to share with you some of the helpful and insightful websites that I go to most often. A glass menagerie of everything gluten free, if you will. If you have any helpful links not shown here, please share them in the Comments so that others who happen upon this post might enjoy them, as well.
  • HealthNOW Medical Center - an absolute wealth of scientific information put into terms that any lay person can understand. Dr. Petersen has a blog dedicated to gluten sensitivities and celiac disease.
  • The Gluten Free Blog - a good place for recipes but also a few editorials that I find interesting.
  • Gluten Free Blog from Triumph Dining - the popular publisher of The Gluten-Free Dining and Restaurant Guides has a blog that provides wonderful recipes, product reviews, and news affecting the celiac community.
  • Gluten-Free Goddess - a fantastic place for creative and easy gluten-free recipes.
  • Official Blog of Glutenfreeda - the online source for this well-known cooking magazine.
  • Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free - a local N. Texas blogger who has wonderful recipes and recently published a cookbook.
  • Gluten Free Mom - "insights from a mom on living gluten free." I enjoy this blog b/c she addresses the challenges of a household where not everyone is gluten free, which is much like going out to eat where the kitchens aren't gluten free.
  • Lone Star Celiac Support Group - this great group hosts meetings and gatherings to educate newly diagnosed celiacs, as well as those who have been living and coping with the disease for many years. Their website is a wealth of information.
  • Live Gluten Freely - a terrific site begun in conjunction with General Mills' launch of its gluten-free line of products. The site has grown exponentially over the last year and now includes a blog, a store, an information section, as well as recipes and loads of other useful tools and information.
  • North Texas GIG - the N. Texas Chapter of the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG). This fantastic group hosts monthly meetings, as well as dine-outs and other wonderful events. This group sponsored last year's Gluten Free Expo at the Gaylord Texan.
This list is merely a drop in the bucket. And I think you'll find that they're great sites whether you have gluten issues or not. If you think you may be gluten intolerant, I encourage you to do a two-week gluten-free trial. With so many mainstream products now on the market, I think you'll find that it's not as difficult as it once was, and you just might feel better!

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