How Common is Celiac Disease? 4 1/133 have the disease. 4 Only 1/2,500 have been diagnosed in the U.S. 4 1/22 with celiacs in their family have the disease.
Do You Think You Might Have Celiac Disease? 4 Symptoms: –Bumpy rash –Weight loss and gain –Diarrhea –Bloating –Constipation –Fatigue –Weakened bones –Muscle cramps –Depression
How is Celiac Disease Diagnosed? 4 Available Blood Tests: –Anti-Gliadin Antibodies –Endomysium Antibody –Tissue Transglutaminase Antibody –Genetic indicator 4 Final Indicator: –Upper Endoscopy
Is there a cure? 4 Stop consumption of gluten. –Wheat –Rye –Barley –Oats* 4 What do gluten-containing foods provide? –Fiber –Protein –Vitamins –Iron –Zinc 4 How do you replace the nutrients lost? –Fruits –Vegetables –Dairy –Nuts –Alternative flours and cereals –Daily vitamins * In North America, oats can be cross-contaminated with dangerous grains.
Ingredients to Look Out for 4 Hydrolyzed Plant or Vegetable Protein 4 Seasonings 4 Flavorings 4 Starches 4 Modified Food Starches 4 Dextrin 4 Maltodextrin T Be sure to watch out for questionable ingredients not only in foods but also in medicines.
Daily Meal Options: Day 1 4 Breakfast: GF cereal, fresh fruit, and a glass of orange juice or milk. 4 Lunch: GF bread with turkey and cheese, corn chips, and an apple. 4 Snack: Yogurt. 4 Dinner: GF Homemade Macaroni and Cheese, steamed carrots, and a fresh fruit salad.
Day 2 B: GF waffles or pancakes with eggs and bacon. 4 L: GF crackers with cheese or hummus, yogurt, and rice cakes with peanut butter. 4 S: Peanuts, almonds, or unseasoned soy nuts. 4 D: GF pizza with a fresh salad.
Day 3 4 B: Fresh fruit smoothie. L: Baked potato with cheese or butter and a fresh salad with green peppers and tomatoes. 4 S: Rice cake with peanut butter. 4 D: Grilled chicken, brown rice, steamed broccoli, and GF rolls.
Day 4 4 B: GF toast with peanut butter and a bowl of yogurt. L: Fresh fruit salad and rice with chicken. 4 S: Popcorn. 4 D: Mashed potatoes, pork chops, GF bread, and a fresh fruit salad.
Getting Started 4 Begin a gluten-free environment. 4 Buy flour mixes, cereals, breads –First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op –Fred Meyer –Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, Inc. –Trader Joe’s 4 Always check labels 4 Call or email if ingredients are questionable 4 Find support in a fellow celiac or group 4 Use resources
Celiac Resources Organizations/Websites: 4 Celiac Disease Foundation 4 Celiac Sprue Association/USA, Inc. 4 Gluten Intolerance Group of North America 4 Canadian Celiac Association Magazines: 4 Gluten-Free Living 4 Living Without Books: 4 Dangerous Grains by James Braly and Ron Hoggan 4 Waiter, Is there Wheat in My Soup? by LynnRae Ries Cookbooks: 4 Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide by Shelley Case 4 Gluten-Free Baking by Rebecca Reilly 4 Wheat-Free Recipes & Menus by Carol Fenster 4 The Gluten-Free Gourmet: Cooks Fast and Healthy by Bette Hagman