Since 1987, October has been the month to spread the word about Celiac Disease. It's also to honor and celebrate those who have been diagnosed. It can seem a burden at first, but it's a true accomplishment and an amazing achievement to begin to eat the foods that your body thrives on and avoid the harmful ones.
I also want to honor those who are eating gluten-free for other reasons. Whether you are eating gluten-free because of autism, allergies, intolerances or other auto-immune diseases, celebrate your achievement and make your favorite gluten-free dish this month! There are also support groups and other organizations across the country that get together to celebrate in October. Here's a link to get you started if you want to find one in your area.
So you have celiac disease.....
Yep, that means that I can't eat anything with gluten in it. The grains that have gluten are wheat, barley and rye. Spelt and kamut contain gluten as well. If a celiac consumes gluten, damage to the small intestines result. Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune condition that has to be managed by avoiding the consumption of gluten.
Some symptoms of celiac disease include..
- Irritible bowel syndrome (common misdiagnosis)
- Digestive disturbances
- Joint pain
- Canker sores in mouth
It's important to note that the symptoms of celiac disease range so much that there is no definitive symptom. Some of those with celiac disease have no digestive symptoms at all.
Testing for celiac disease..
I always recommend testing through Entero Lab. It's easy and it's accurate. Most main stream doctors will recommend a blood test and biopsy. Unfortunately, blood tests for celiac disease give a false negative 65% of the time. Entero Lab also tests for gluten intolerance, which requires a gluten-free diet too.
New studies show that 1 in 7 people have gluten intolerance. The rates for celiac disease aren't quite as high, but are continuously rising. It's estimated that 97% of those with celiac disease are undiagnosed.
Spread the word about celiac disease and gluten intolerance at every chance you get. It may just save someone's life. Celiac disease, if undiagnosed, can eventually lead to more severe and life-threatening conditions.
For all of us that have received our diagnosis, I consider us blessed. We are no longer eating foods that are harmful to our bodies and for that, I am thankful.
I want to thank Entero Lab for being a great way to get tested. I also want to thank my husband for his continuous support and companionship. I want to thank my mom too, for her help and support. And as always, I am very thankful for my beautiful and thriving daughter. We've learned a lot because of her allergies. We are enjoying our journey through eating gluten-free and allergy-free.
Consider trying some of these relatively easy and simple recipes:
If you're a gluten-free blogger or love creating recipes, please join me in this month's Go Ahead Honey It's Gluten free. The theme is Pumpkin Treats.
Enjoy the month of October! :)