October is Celiac Awareness Month

Here is just one example of a gluten-free product that I use.

By sheer coincidence, I posted the Gluten Free Warrior cookbook on Wednesday, totally unaware that it is Celiac Awareness Month.  According to the October Needs Catalog’s definition, “Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition where a person has an autoimmune response to various proteins of the gluten family that are found in grains such as wheat, rye, barley, spelt, kamut, and possibly oats and other grains.” (www.needs.com) ( My note: Oats grown or harvested separately from gluten grains are considered okay.)

When a person with celiac disease or sensitivity to gluten ingests these grains, there are various reactions, such as bloating, gas,eczema, or other reactions. However, because the reactions are similar to other ailments, diagnosis is not always easy and according to the Needs catalog, the test for CD is not 100% accurate. Also, some people confuse a food allergy with food sensitivity. In the former there may be an acute response, such as hives, while in the latter, the result may be low-grade chronic problems in the immune system.

Two summers ago, I learned that I have gluten sensitivity and have been avoiding gluten products with increasing success. You may notice that many of my recipes are gluten free, since that is what I prepare for myself. Also, according this article, wheat/gluten, soy and dairy are the most common food sensitivities. (I have not found a problem with soy, but dairy does give me problems when I ingest too much.)

If you are suffering from digestive-related ailments and do not know why, you may want to try an elimination diet, removing gluten and dairy from your diet to see if you feel better. In an earlier posting a couple of years ago, I noted that one source believes that dairy is the trigger for the gluten sensitivity, so you may want to eliminate both and then after one week with neither, put dairy back to see how you feel. Then eliminate dairy and put gluten back in your diet to see your reaction. But of course, check this out with your doctor first.

Gluten free is becoming the new “darling” of the health food industry, with new products coming out all the time. Read labels, because while there may be no gluten, there could be other ingredients you want to avoid, such as sugar.

Finally, I will feature more gluten free recipes this month. Happy eating!

2 thoughts on “October is Celiac Awareness Month

  1. Ellen Sue:

    Thanks so much for keeping us aware. You are one very busy lady and it is so nice that you take the time to keep us on our toes.


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