Mediterranean Chopped Salad

This Mediterranean chopped Salad is made with fresh ingredients and includes a boost of protein with garbanzo beans added to the mix. This flavorful salad makes the perfect healthy lunch or side dish!

Mediterranean Chopped Salad

We are big salad lovers in our house. We have a salad every single night with dinner, just switching off between a green salad and a cucumber/tomato salad.

I’m trying very hard to be mindful of my nutrients, particularly protein since my vitamin levels are something I struggle with because of my celiac. I enjoy eating meatless a couple nights a week, so this Mediterranean chopped salad is the perfect addition with garbanzo beans in it!

Mediterranean Chopped Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • 2 Tbsp fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar

Instructions:

In a large bowl add all your ingredients. Mix until evenly combined. Taste and adjust salt and pepper to your liking, you can also add more olive oil/vinegar if needed. (I like mine with more vinegar!)

The dressing will fall to the bottom of the bowl, so stir before serving.

Mediterranean Chopped Salad

Enjoy!

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Gluten Free Travel Guide

Gluten Free Travel Guide

If you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, traveling can often be a challenge and an added burden. I learned this the hard way once when I was first diagnosed and did not plan ahead. Traveling should be fun and you shouldn’t have to worry about the stress of figuring out gluten free options along the way.

For most people, when it comes to traveling it means exploring new places, getting lost along the way and turning the experience into an unforgettable one. It’s not that easy for those of us that have to follow a strict gluten free diet. Where can I eat? Will they understand what gluten free really means? What if I get sick during my tip? I don’t want to burden those that are traveling with me. These are some valid concerns you may face while traveling. Whether you’re in a country where you don’t speak the language, are driving cross country or are just staying at a relative’s house for the weekend, you need to create a plan ahead of time and follow some simple rules during your trip in order to ensure a healthy and fun time!

I’m so excited to announce the release of my second gluten free guide, this time focusing on all things travel! 

Gluten Free Travel Guide Cover

With this guide you can enjoy having fun on vacation and not let your gluten free diet stress you out! This is a complete travel guide to help you plan ahead and avoid getting sick.

Included in This Guide Is:

  • Basic Travel Tips
  • Road Trip Tips
  • How to Stay at Someone’s House
  • Airport and Airline Travel Tips
  • How to take a Cruise

Thank you for all your support and I look forward to releasing more guides in the future!

To complete download after purchase click on “Return to Merchant” and then “Gluten Free Travel Guide”.

 

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Gluten Free Popsicles List

Gluten Free Popsicles List

It’s that time of year again! Summer means sweet, frozen treats to enjoy!

My gluten free popsicle list from last year was a big hit, and after checking some things have changed… so here is your new list of gluten free popsicles!

Outshine: 

the Outshine® bars that contain some of the big eight allergens now have a “contains” statement after the ingredient statements.”

Fruit Bars:

  • Creamy Coconut
  • Grape
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Peach
  • Pomegranate
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Tangerine
  • Watermelon

Coconut Waters:

  • Coconut Waters with Pineapple

Variety Packs:

  • Cherry, Grape, Tangerine
  • Strawberry, Raspberry, Lime
  • No Sugar Added Black Cherry, Strawberry-Kiwi, Mixed Berry
  • No Sugar Added Strawberry, Raspberry, Tangerine

Club Pack:

  • Strawberry, Grape, Lime, Pineapple

Value Pack:

  • Strawberry

Fruit & Veggie Bars:

  • Tangerine Medley
  • Blueberry Medley
  • Variety Pack: Tropical Banana Medley, Peach Mango Medley, Watermelon Harvest
  • Variety Pack: Strawberry Rhubarb, Tangerine Medley, Blueberry Medley

Fruit & Tea Bars:

  • Peach Black Tea
  • Lemon Black Tea
  • Blueberry Chamomile
  • Variety Pack: Blueberry Chamomile, Peach Black Tea, and Lemon Black Tea

Kids Bars:

  • Strawberry Tangerine, Strawberry Watermelon, and Strawberry Banana
  • Tangerine Pineapple, Tangerine Blueberry, and Tangerine Strawberry

Good Humor:

“If gluten is present, it is clearly listed in plain language on the ingredient label (i.e., wheat flour, rye, barley, oats, and malt). Malt is a barley based ingredient. We recommend consumers read the label each time before buying our product.”

  • Vanilla & Chocolate Snack Pops
  • Premium Vanilla Bar

Minute Maid: 

Orange, Cherry and Grape Juice Bars

Popsicle:

Although Popsicle brand won’t provide a list of gluten free pops, they say: “It is the Popsicle® brand’s policy that when any of the eight most common allergens (milk, eggs, fish, wheat, tree nuts, peanuts, soybeans and crustaceans) occur in any of our products they will be listed inside the ingredient statement in plain language. We do not use the terms “natural” or “artificial flavorings” to hide the existence of any allergens. We do not have dedicated production lines in our manufacturing facilities for products containing allergens. We have special handling procedures for all allergenic ingredients used in our manufacturing facilities.”

Skinny Cow:

According to a company representative: “As a general rule, the gluten in our frozen dessert products is present only in the added bakery products such as cookies, cake or brownies.If a finished product contains oats, barley, or rye these ingredients would be declared on the ingredient statement. We recommended that you always check the packaging.”

I hope you find this helpful! Happy Summer!

**This list is for the US. If you’re in another country, please contact the manufacturer first.

 

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50% Off Gluten Free Alcohol Guide!

Happy Friday!! I can’t believe it’s already 4th of July weekend… where is the time going?! In honor of the holiday weekend, my Gluten Free Alcohol Guide is 50% off now through July 4th!

There is nothing worse than getting sick over a holiday weekend, especially because you accidentally ingested gluten! People on a gluten free diet often just think about the food they eat, but forget many drinks contain gluten as well.

I’m sure you’re all going to be attending lots of backyard BBQ’s over the next few days (as I am!). This should be a fun time where you eat lots of food and enjoy time with friends and family… but those of us with celiac know it can also be a little stressful. Make sure you plan ahead so you avoid getting sick!

When you download my ‘Gluten Free Alcohol Guide’ you’ll get:

  • A complete list of gluten free alcohol brands, categories and flavors.
  • A complete list of gluten free mixers.
  • Information regarding controversial issues to help you make safe decisions when choosing which ones to consume (distilled alcohol, gluten free vs. gluten removed beer).
  • My favorite cocktail recipes made with gluten free alcohol and mixers!

 

MsModify Gluten Free Alcohol Guide Cover

Also, be sure to plan ahead and avoid situations where cross-contamination can occur! Before you head out to your BBQ, be sure to read over my “4th of July Tips if you’re Gluten Free” Post!

Enjoy your weekend! 🙂

Questions:

  • What’s your favorite dish to take to a BBQ?
  • What’s your favorite drink?

 

 

 

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{gluten free} Peanut Butter Banana Bread

This quick and easy gluten free bread made with creamy peanut butter mixed with ripe bananas is sure to be a big hit with the entire family!

gluten free peanut butter bread

Peanut butter and bananas are meant to be eaten together as far as I’m concerned!

One of my favorite snacks will always be bananas with peanut butter topped with cinnamon. I like to mix it all up in a bowl and eat it with a spoon!

So, needless to say this peanut butter banana bread is hands down one of my favorite breads I’ve ever baked. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Ingredients:

  • 2 mashed ripe bananas
  • ⅓ cup Greek yogurt
  • ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cup gluten free flour ( I always use Cup4Cup)
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan and set aside.

In a large bowl, add the first 5 ingredients, beat with mixer on medium speed. Then add in your brown and granulated sugars and continue to beat until evenly mixed.  

Add your gluten free flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir with a spoon until combined; don’t overmix.

Add in peanut butter chips and gently fold into batter.

Pour into your greased loaf pan and bake for 60-65 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean (I’ve learned baking time varies for different gluten free flours. This is based on using Cup4Cup).

*I recommend tenting the pan with foil for the last 15 minutes of cooking to prevent browning edges.

Allow bread to cool before cutting.

gluten free peanut butter bread

Enjoy!

*This post contains affiliate links. You can read more about that here

 

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Gluten & Cross-Contamination

Gluten &Cross-Contamination

I would say being aware and avoiding cross-contamination is one of the hardest aspects of having celiac disease. Not only do you need to be informed on where your food is coming from, but what it comes in contact with along the way.

Your thinking now needs to change. You not only have to be an advocate for yourself, but also an investigator. You might feel strange about it at first, but asking a million questions regarding anything that goes into your mouth needs to become part of your routine. Over time I promise this becomes second nature.

I’m so passionate about educating those on a gluten free diet about the importance of understanding cross-contamination, because unfortunately it’s something I learned the hard way. I was gluten free for almost a year before I learned the term “cross-contamination”, let alone understood how to truly avoid it.

What is it cross-contamination?

Cross-contamination is when your gluten free food comes in contact with enough gluten that will make you sick. This can happen at any time along the way from the fields all the way to your mouth. Cross-contamination can occur where the food is manufactured, packaged or prepared. It’s one thing to read labels and make sure your gluten free item is not prepared in a facility with wheat, rye or barley, but it’s another thing to be aware of your food preparation before it enters your mouth.

Why is it important to understand cross-contamination?

Even just a microscopic amount of gluten can cause a reaction and damage to the intestines for individuals with celiac disease. This could mean a crumb of wheat bread falls into the butter from double dipping the knife, or a trace of wheat flour on manufacturing equipment.

Where can cross-contamination occur?

  • Your kitchen
  • In someone else’s kitchen (Be careful attending parties)
  • On the grill
  • Restaurants
  • Ice cream shops
  • Bakeries
  • Bars (be sure they use a clean shot glass or do a free pour when making mixed drinks)
  • In packaged goods not certified gluten free
  • In the bathroom (cosmetics, oral care products, etc)

Basic Tips on Avoiding Cross-Contamination:

  • Have separate kitchen utensils. Everything from wooden spoons to cutting boards should be dedicated gluten free.
  • Clearly label all gluten free products in your kitchen.
  • Have a dedicated gluten free toaster.
  • Make sure large appliances are thoroughly cleaned after gluten was inside (i.e oven).
  • Keep gluten free and gluten containing products away from each other in the pantry.
  • If at a restaurant or someone’s house, ask questions on how the food was prepared.
  • If possible, oversee food preparation.
  • Read labels carefully to see if they were produced in a facility with wheat, rye or barley.
  • Educate your friends and family about cross-contamination and explain how you can get very sick from the smallest contact with gluten.
  • Avoiding purchasing products in bulk bins that share the same scoop.
  • Ask if french fries have been fried in the same oil as battered foods (i.e onion rings).
  • Avoid ice cream from an ice cream shop, because they typically use the same scooper in all flavors and some, like cookies n’ cream contain gluten.
  • Avoid buffets because you don’t know if someone used the same utensil in all items.
  • Buy gluten free grains that are certified gluten free to ensure cross-contamination didn’t occur during processing.

Posts you might find helpful:

How to Make your Kitchen Gluten Free

Avoiding Gluten Cross-Contamination at Parties

10 Surprising Items that Contain Gluten

Tips for Eating at Restaurants If You’re Gluten Free

How to Avoid Gluten when Staying at Someone’s House

As always, if you’re unsure if cross-contamination occurred follow my motto “when in doubt, go without”!

If you’re new to the gluten free diet or are struggling with it, please don’t hesitate to ask me questions in the comments section or email me (kristina@msmodify.com) and I’d be SO happy to help you!

 

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Gluten Free Ketchup List

Gluten Free Ketchup List

Ketchup is one of the most popular condiments out there and with summer around the corner, that means lots of hamburgers & hot dogs to lather it on! Did you know that in the US more than 10 billion ounces of ketchup are sold each year?!

In the US most ketchup is gluten free (less than 20 parts per million) however when I previously created my gluten free condiments list many people wanted more specific info about companies… so here you go!

Heinz: They report their ketchup is distilled from vinegar made from corn, not gluten containing grains.

  • Original
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Hot & Spicy
  • No Salt
  • Organic
  • Real Jalapeno
  • Reduced Sugar
  • Simply Heinz Tomato Ketchup

Hunts: According to the company, their ketchup does not contain added gluten, however they do not test for gluten. They also use vinegar distilled that can be derived from gluten containing grains.

Del Monte: According to their website, the following products do not contain wheat, oats, rye or barley/malt ingredients.

  • Original Ketchup
  • Quick Squeeze Ketchup

French’s: They report their ketchup is gluten free (testing to less than 20 parts per million), however the vinegar they use can be distilled from wheat, so if you’re sensitive to distillation even if it tests less than 20 ppm I would avoid this brand.

  • Classic Ketchup

Annie’s Naturals: According to the company, they test to 20 parts per million and the vinegar used in their ketchup is derived from corn or beets, not wheat.

  • Organic Ketchup

Organicville: All their products are USDA certified organic, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and made with agave nectar.

  • Organic Ketchup

Sir Kensington’s: According to the company “Our facilities have processes in place to prevent cross contamination of products. All of our condiments undergo routine gluten testing and are tested at under 10 ppm.”

  • Classic Ketchup
  • Spicy Ketchup

Tessemae’s: This ketchup is Dairy Free, has No Added Sugar, Vegan, Gluten Free, Non GMO, and Whole30 compliant. The vinegar in their ketchup is apple cider vinegar.

  • Organic Ketchup

**This list is for the US. If you’re in another country, please contact the manufacturer first.

Question:

  • What’s the one thing you have to put ketchup on?!
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Friday Favorites: Meal Prep

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! June gloom is officially here in Southern California, so I’m looking forward to the warmer weather we’re supposed to have this weekend. I don’t know about you, but waking up to the sun out instantly starts my day off right! 🙂

I hope you all had a wonderful week and have an even better weekend! Now on to some of my favorite things…

Do you meal prep??! I’m fairly new to it and let me tell you… it’s been life changing!! Having celiac (as many of you can relate to)… I bring my food everywhere with me! Sometimes this can be challenging when I’m in a hurry and need to pack my lunchbox with me!

1. Meal Prep Lunches

These are some lunch meal preps I’ve done lately that have been a hit! Erik and I decided we don’t like to eat the same thing every day of the week, so I typically will prep 3 lunches for each of us and then the other two days I’ll pack us leftovers from dinner.

On my Instagram I asked for meal prep tips since I’m a newbie at it and many people recommended roasting a big pan of different veggies (separated), a protein and then make rice/quinoa/salad. This way you can put some veggies on rice with protein, different veggies and protein on quinoa and then some over a salad. I haven’t tried this yet, but think it’s a great idea!

2. Meal Prep Containers 

I’m obsessed with my Bento Meal Prep containers. I have the single container, but they also have ones with 2 or 3 compartments. I personally like how I can personalize the single compartment for days I make a salad but if you don’t like your food touching, then I recommend the multiple compartments!

3. Meal Prep Snacks

I also prep snacks! I buy the mini snack size bags and put different things in them like this trail mix and fruit chips. I bought a clear shoe box from target (for like $0.99!), put it in my pantry and put all my snack bags in them. I do the same in my fridge with snack bags filled with carrots and celery. I love the mini Wholly Guacamole containers from Costco so in the morning we can just grab one, a bag of veggies, a snack bag from the pantry and our meal prep lunch container! It makes mornings SO easy! I also love how snack prepping is portion control for when I snack at home!

4. Weekly Meal Planner

I don’t meal prep our dinners, however I do plan what I cook all week! I found this handy meal planning notebook at TJ Maxx but this one is similar! I typically sit down the end of each week and plan for the following week so I have my grocery list over the weekend. I highly recommend this!

5. Pinterest Meal Prep Board 

If you’re on Pinterest be sure to follow my Meal Prep Board for great ideas!

There you have it, my meal prep tips!

Question:

  • Do you meal prep? If so, please share your tips!

 

Today I’m linking here! 

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{gluten free} Almond Joy Poke Cake

If Almond Joy candy bars are a favorite of yours, then this cake is meant for you! Chocolate, coconut and almonds all wrapped into one gluten free cake!

Gluten Free Almond Joy Poke Cake

When my husband told me to surprise him with any cake for his birthday last week, I instantly knew I wanted to make an Almond Joy inspired cake.

Although you wouldn’t think so based off this cake, we do eat really healthy at home and never have candy in the house, so I thought it would be a fun surprise for Erik to have this cake since Almond Joy is one of his favorites.

Let me tell you… this did not disappoint! I’m not a huge chocolate fan and even I devoured my piece! 🙂

Side note: Our non-gf-eating friends were over and couldn’t believe this was gluten free!

Ingredients:

  • 1 box gluten free chocolate cake mix (& everything you need to make it)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 3 Tbsp coconut milk, plus more as needed
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, plus more as needed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (7 oz) package shredded coconut 
  • ½ cup chopped almonds

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13” pan and set aside.

Prepare cake mix according to box instructions, pour into your prepared pan and bake 28-30 mins or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into cake.

Remove cake from oven and immediately poke holes throughout cake with the back of a wooden spoon or fork (for smaller holes).

Pour ½ cup coconut milk all over cake.

Set cake aside to cool to room temperature.

Beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until creamy.

Add coconut milk and vanilla, continue beating.

Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until smooth.

Stir in shredded coconut.

Spread frosting over cake and top with chopped almonds.

Refrigerate for one hour before serving.

Gluten Free Almond Joy Poke Cake

Enjoy!

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Part 4: Your Voice!

Your Voice

It’s that time again! I asked and you answered! In honor of May being Celiac Awareness Month, rather than me just share my experiences living with the disease… this year I want to hear from YOU!

Each week last month I asked a different question about living with celiac disease and the responses I got were incredible! It makes me so proud to be a part of such a strong community and really helps me believe that I’m not alone in this struggle!

If you missed the previous posts, be sure to read everyone’s responses to:

The next (and last) topic of discussion was:

“The best advice for someone newly diagnosed with celiac is _______.”

I wrote a post on this a while ago that I called “Gluten Free… Now What?!”

Five years post-diagnosis I’ve learned a lot and sometimes I’ve learned the hard way. Knowing what I know now and everything I’ve experienced, I would say the best advice I could give someone newly diagnosed with celiac is to relax, learn everything you can on cross-contamination and stay positive!

Now on to your responses!

(I’m keeping all answers anonymous to respect everyone’s privacy)

  • I was diagnosed several years ago and didn’t know anyone else who had celiac disease and it all seemed so overwhelming and taxing. Once I sat down and got my thoughts together I realized that I was pretty much eating gluten free most of the time anyway because I was doing it unconsciously. So my advice would be that it will seem overwhelming but it is totally doable. And labels are so much better than they used to be. And it’s ok to be sad, to mourn the loss of those gluten filled foods. It can be a grieving process. But know there are alternatives and you will feel so much better and be eating healthier. Watch out for the overly processed, nutrient lacking, gluten free foods. Especially if you battle type 1 diabetes. Those processes gluten free foods have a lot of carbs in them, sometimes more than their gluten free counterparts and probably because they are now made with rice flour etc. learn to read your labels and listen to your body. You can be gluten free and feel good and be happy.
  • I was diagnosed last August, so I’m still learning .
  • Buy a new toaster. Don’t “google” too much. Focus on the foods you CAN eat. Find your support system. Count your blessings and be so grateful your “disease” is treated with healthy food.
  • … is relax. Its way more easy than it sounds. We can eat delicious food. Really. Learn all the rules and don’t break them. It’s not worth it. Search for bloggers and people with gluten free diet. Breath. You’ll be just fine. 😉
  • Most gas stations have string cheese if you need an emergency dinner.
  • Never trust someone that something is gluten free of they don’t know what celiac is. When I was first diagnosed I was sick a lot going out and going to friends and parties people assumed it was a fad or diet choice. Though many are aware of what celiac is some still don’t completely understand. I always carry nuts and gluten free snacks just in case. And I would also tell them this isn’t the end of the world good still tastes good intact I think a lot of it is better
  • I was at first it’s a little easier now getting use to reading labels but basically eating lots of veggies went through a period early on where I missed certain foods and sort of was in denial but actually I feel better than I ever have pain free belly is good 😊
  • It’s overwhelming but try to focus on being grateful that celiac is a disease that can be managed with food instead of medicine.
  • Cross contamination at restaurants is REAL!! even if u think u are ordering GF.
  • Be your kids biggest ally. Advocate for them so they can learn to advocate for themselves…this will be a lifelong battle
  • Educate yourself! I read as much as I could about my diagnosis. I found that not only did I need to worry about gluten in my food, I needed to beware of it in my medications as well. Many OTC and prescription medications contain gluten as a filler. Also, items such as shampoo, deodorant, and make up can contain gluten as well. I was thankful that there were so many ways to find useful information for a situation that seemed so overwhelming at the time, but knowledge is power. The more you know, the better you can advocate for yourself!
  • To this day I still research things about celiac/gluten. The best way to take care of yourself is to become knowledgeable do your research! Gluten is EVERYWHERE and the best way to take care of yourself is to learn as much as you can. Its an ongoing process
  • Don’t be tempted to cheat on the diet!
  • Do not search the internet-you will find conflicting information or people’s personal comments that may not be accurate. Ask your physician for trusted sites. If not, it will add to the craziness of navigating this new way of life!
  • What would I tell a newly diagnosed celiac? Your doctor’s ability to help you probably ended with the diagnosis, unless he/she or a family member has celiac. It is hard enough to get that diagnosis in the first place. You are one of the lucky ones if you were diagnosed in under two or three years. Learn to read labels, subscribe to a site like this one, buy books, educate yourself, and get into the kitchen. There are tons of recipes online. There are lots of companies making gluten free products. My personal favorite is King Arthur. Their mixes are fabulous when you don’t have the time or the ingredients to bake something at the last minute. Glutino is also a great company. Read reviews of products at Amazon. If something is good or bad, they will tell you! Be prepared to spend more money, because gluten free products cost more. Make your own food. Meat, vegetables, fish, and fruits are naturally gluten free. Processed food often is not, and it doesn’t taste as good as homemade. It might even be worth the effort to find a gluten free support group in your area. Educating yourself is extremely important, and a top priority. A support group or an online site can tell you what you need to know. In some ways, being gluten free is like keeping kosher must be! You may need your own utensils, condiments, pots and pans, small appliances etc. When I was living with my daughter, I had to replace my waffle iron because she used it to make regular waffles. Unless everyone is gluten free, you need a separate toaster, Most importantly, it’s okay to be grumpy and feel sorry for yourself because your life is changing. It’s a lot to take in and none of us learned everything we know overnight. What isn’t okay is giving up and eating what you can’t eat. It isn’t okay to cheat because it will affect you and the more you cheat, the more damage there is to your intestines. The way I look at it is that I am serving a life sentence, I am not on a diet. Diets end, celiac doesn’t. I probably eat more healthily than people who don’t have celiac. I make better food for my family than if I relied on frozen foods and takeout. It is a lot to get used to, but you can do it. It takes time, patience, and effort, but you can do it, and you’re not alone. We are always here for you. There are so many resources and products that weren’t available thirty five years ago. That was truly the dark ages! Read the archives on this site. There are lists of different products that you can and can’t eat. I consult them frequently, and find them very helpful.
  • Learn about cross contamination. In the beginning I hadn’t even heard of this & my whole first year I kept getting sick & wasn’t understanding why. It’s also the biggest thing friend’s & family members need to be educated on. And food service people as well.

There are so many great tips here and words of wisdom from people living with celiac disease. As today rounds out celiac awareness month, I want to thank everyone that participated in these posts and shared insight on living with this disease!

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