Today, I’m sitting on my brother’s back porch in Asheville, North Carolina, deciding how I can say thank you and goodbye to the people I’ve worked with and shared information with for the past few years.
In a world where you can’t walk two feet without bumping into someone using a cell phone or laptop, technology is everywhere. Sometimes it can be intrusive, but sometimes it can link you with people and resources that are extremely valuable.
Being invited over for a gluten-free meal can give even the most seasoned celiac the cold sweats. I admit to getting a bit twitchy when a host tells me they made it gluten-free just for me – especially if we’ve never talked about ingredients, safe preparation and cross-contact practices.
Girl Scout Ambassador India Aitkenhead has earned a Gold Award for her presentation on celiac disease and gluten-free baking and cooking. The highest award a Girl Scout can receive, the Gold Award is the equivalent of a Boy Scout earning his Eagle Scout rank.
Mima’s Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Baked Goods produces its baked goods out of a dedicated gluten-free kitchen located at Hope & Main in Warren.
At Christmas, the most thoughtful gifts are hand picked with one special person in mind. I’ve chosen 10 gluten-free lifestyle books and cookbooks that would make great gifts for those special people in your life who live with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity.
When it comes to holiday gift giving, everyone has a relative who is hard to buy for — Aunt Sally, who has one of everything, your brother-in-law, who swears every year that he doesn’t need anything, your sister’s kids who live on the opposite coast and seem to grow three sizes each year — but when it comes to a friend or relative who has celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity and follows a gluten-free diet, it’s a wee bit more challenging.
The foods that so many take for granted at their Thanksgiving meal can make someone with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity very apprehensive. Sources of gluten can often be hidden – flavor enhancers injected into turkeys that contain a chemical derivative of wheat, or the flour used as a thickening agent in gravy, for example.
After my diagnosis of celiac disease in 2008, I told any doctors I saw that I had celiac disease, since it is a systemic disease and can affect various systems in your body. I told my dentist before my scheduled cleaning, and he ensured me that they would use gluten-free cleaning paste.