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Celiac: Top 7 Tips for Parents and Teens New to Celiac Disease

Being told you have to give up a whole food group is not fun, it's downright hard and really inconvenient too. But that is what people who are diagnosed with Celiac disease have to do since there is no magic pill or long term fix, only a lifetime diet change. To make matters worse, even a crumb of gluten from cross contamination can set you back and create damage to your gut. So what is gluten? Basically gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye called Gliadin and it is "Kryptonite" for people who are diagnosed with Celiac disease. As difficult as this GF diet is, it heals the gut and decreases numerous serious health issues. But how do you explain this to a thirteen old girl who is desperate to ease her stomach or joint pains, but now has to fear everything she eats? Too often young people, at the risk of their own health and trying to fit in with peers, will be tempted to eat things they shouldn't. On the other side are kids and teens so afraid of feeling bad or embarrassed by the new diet they won't eat anything and find themselves retreating from social events and friends. This fear is not uncommon in the newly diagnosed and will ease with time ,experience and renewed health. The good news now is that more options are available not only with gluten free food, but online, apps, support groups, blogs and camps that can make this transition easier. My top 7 tips for parents and teens new to Celiac Disease. [if !supportLineBreakNewLine] [endif]

Tip one Check out Gluten free Apps for eating out and shopping; there are some really useful ones out there: I use gluten free food finder and the gluten free scanner- bar-code scanner for grocery shopping. Tip two Visit online support groups These can be helpful on advice and navigating ideas on food as well as eating out.. Learn from the missteps of others so you don't have a relapse... like not using wood spoons when cooking if they were used on gluten containing foods. Wooden Spoons are hard to get it truly clean. Not licking stamps, checking lip gloss for hidden gluten: some of my own missteps along the way. There is definitely a learning curve so hang in there. Tip three Check medication or any supplements for hidden gluten. Finding gluten in medications can be hard, but the Celiac Disease Foundation provides a updated list. If not sure, call the company or go to website and ask. One of the brands of supplements I use which is certified GF is Country Life. It is reasonably priced and easy to find. If you can find products certified GF, it is that much safer. Tip four Talk to your school they should provide safe meals and that have GF food choices for your condition.Under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act 1973 guarantees accommodation for school children with disabilities. Go to Celiac Disease Foundation for more information and forms. Tip five Take a gluten free cooking class you can invite family or friends so they can learn more about eating gluten free ...not to mention the yummy food. Here are a few GF cooking classes in my area in Southern California: Spork Foods, The Curious Fork and South bay Cooking Camp for kids. Tip six Find a GF summer camp for Celiac kids and teens. This can be a real treat to not worry about the food and be with other people eating the same way. A great opportunity to make new friends and start feeling comfortable about eating gluten free, plus a lot of fun😀 Look online for a camp near you. Some camps are sponsored by the a Celiac Disease Foundation. Tip seven If your older, writing a blog to help others is a great way to take back some control and express yourself...not to mention you could be really helping someone else, and that always feels good. That's all for now. If you want a more individual help concerning diet supplements herbs for healing contact me at or 310-770-1852. [if !supportLineBreakNewLine] [endif]