Do you know someone who eats a glutenfree diet? If not, chances are you will in thefuture. Eating gluten free has become notonly the newest health diet but the only way 1 percent of our population can live,that is 1 out of 133 people or about 330students on campus.
What is gluten and why do people have tolive without it?
Gluten is a protein foundin wheat, barley, and rye. This protein is a
binding agent that causes our to become
sticky when wet.
So what’s the big deal about gluten?
For thosesuffering from the autoimmune disease, ce
liac, it makes all the difference in the world. When a person has celiac disease, glutenin food triggers an immune response andtheir body begins to attack itself, damaging the small intestine and causing an inability to absorb nutrients from food. Essentially,they are starving while eating.You can imagine the sort of problemsthat can be caused by such a disease. Symp
toms range from chronic diarrhea and con
stipation to migraines or even infertility.Not to mention feeling ill every time youeat. Luckily, when a person suffering fromceliac disease or gluten intolerance cuts glu
ten completely out of their diet, the body heals and symptoms, most often complete
ly go away.
How do I deal with this diagnosis?
As a woman living gluten free, I understandthe frustration, embarrassment, and even
anger that a person feels when they rst
learn they have to change their lifestylepermanently. You go through a period of mourning and want to cry just thinking about going grocery shopping. You worry about what you can’t eat and everything feels extremely overwhelming. Not tomention that food is a part of every socialevent, date, and activity you attend. Thisalone is enough to make someone want toturn and run. There is hope and you arenot alone. Here are a few simple steps that will help you get on the right path.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries:
Letthem know you can’t have wheatand ask them to change theirgloves. Their ry vats are only usedor rench ries and the seasoningsalt is McCormick. (Allergy note:they use peanut oil and have pea-nuts available or snacking).
Biaggi’s Italian Ristorante at theGateway:
They have a huge GFmenu including pastas, pizza, sal-ads and desserts. It’s a great placeto go or a nice date or meal.
Zupa’s Soups and Salads:
Ask ortheir allergy inormation. “Nutsabout Berries” and the MangoSalad are GF and so is the tomatosoup. Make sure to tell them youdon’t want noodles added and thatyou don’t want the bread.
PF Changs Chinese Restaurantat University Mall:
They have aGF menu and a good GF dessert.A waiter told me that GF ood isbrought out on the round plateswith PF Changs printed on theedge o the plate. Don’t eat it i itcomes out on another plate. Waituntil you can talk with your waiter.
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You just found out you have Celiac Disease: Don’t worry.There is hope and you are not alone
4 Tips to help you dealwith Celiac Disease:
1. Write down all of the foods you caneat. Include fruits, vegetables, meats,
cheeses, milk products. Be specic. It
is good to see all the individual foodsyou enjoy that are gluten free.2. Research, research, research! Thereare many good resources, forums,blogs, and web pages with recipes,product reviews, and support groups.Celiac.com and celiac.org are twogreat resources to start with.3. Start out simple. Don’t go to thestore and buy a ton of gluten freemixes and breads without researching them. Processed gluten free foods aremore expensive and sometimes arenot very tasty. Start out by purchasing things you are used to that are glutenfree.4. Contact the local GIG aka GlutenIntolerance Group. They will be hap
py to help you adjust to your new life
style and will offer support and ideas.
Need to talk about eating glutenree? Appointments and classes areavailable in the Women’s Services& Resources ofce 3326 WSC.
Local Restaurants withGluten-ree Options
By Kate Call