Celiac Awareness Month: Tips, Stories & Advice From Gluten Free Bloggers

Celiac Awareness Month: Tips, Stories & Advice From Gluten Free Bloggers

We're celebrating (yes, celebrating!) May as Celiac Awareness Month because we believe the world would be a better place if more people understood what celiac disease is and how it affects those who are diagnosed. That's why we've partnered with some of our favorite gluten free bloggers to share their stories and advice so we can help bring awareness and education and, hopefully, offer comfort and inspiration for you.


Photo: Meet Jules Shepard, author, Associate Editor of Living Without’s Gluten Free & More Magazine, podcast host,and nationally ranked gluten free blogger

How do you include all different diets when hosting a party?

Even if you are not gluten-free yourself, it’s likely that you know someone who is. So how do you host a party, cookout or picnic and provide options for everyone without compromising on taste or variety? Start by looking for naturally gluten-free foods found on the outside aisles of any grocery store: whole foods like fruits and vegetables, nuts, and coconut or tree nut-based products are delicious and able to be enjoyed by most, even if they can’t tolerate gluten or dairy products. Avoid wheat, barley and rye, as they are synonymous with gluten, opting instead for tapioca, rice, potato, quinoa, millet, teff, sorghum and nut flours as alternatives in baking and other dishes. Read more from Jules: http://bit.ly/2p9Ga6M

Photo: Meet Chrystal Carver, the creative mind behind Gluten Free Palate, a website that shares recipes and resources for gluten-free eaters and travelers.

What is your best tip for traveling gluten-free?

Plan ahead. Do research on gluten-free restaurants and hotels in the area you are visiting. You’d be surprised at how many hotels offer gluten-free meals these days. Also, bring a carry-on tote full of your favorite snacks. You’ll eat your way through them while traveling and have an extra bag to put goodies and souvenirs in for the trip home. Read more from Chrystal: http://bit.ly/2oZdxbG

Photo: Meet Rebecca Pytell, a healthy gluten-free & allergy-friendly food blogger at Strength and Sunshine, celiac advocate, yogi, and college student.

What is a typical day of eating like for you? And how do you manage food for yourself?

When I'm not at school and back home with family, I either solely cook for myself or will cook for the family. My mother is also gluten-free, but my brother is not. Even with a duel household, we keep cross-contamination under control. I do all the grocery shopping as well and budget and semi map out some dinner ideas as well as shop for the ingredients I'll be needing for recipe development on Strength and Sunshine. Read more from Rebecca: http://bit.ly/2oYH8H8

Photo: Meet Erin Collins, a food-loving mom of 2 busy little boys who finds a lot of joy creating delicious food for the people she loves.

What was the most unexpected challenge you had to overcome when you were first diagnosed?

I was surprised by how often I had to clarify why I was following a gluten-free diet. Gluten-free diets have become more popular over the past decade and sometimes people roll their eyes at you for following a "fad diet". I was surprised I had to clarify that I had to eat this way because of a real disease and it wasn't optional. At first, it also made me uncomfortable to ask people at restaurants to clarify what was gluten-free and what steps they took to avoid cross contamination. I now realize it is totally fine to call restaurants ahead of time and to ask questions to make sure my meal is safe. Read more from Erin: http://bit.ly/2pZew0s