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You’ve Been Glutened. Now What?
It happens. We all have been “glutened” at some point or another, no matter how careful we are. I accidentally ate a gluten-containing food recently and experienced that familiar panic we know all too well. How long until I get sick? How bad will it be and how long will it last?
Unfortunately, there’s no magic cure or quick fix for symptom relief. What we do have control of is how we prevent it from happening again.
One of the most common places we experience accidental gluten ingestion is at restaurants. When we get sick from dining out, it’s natural to be upset and angry, but we have an obligation to each other to let the restaurant know what happened, rather than taking to online forums to vent or never speaking up at all. After all, if they don’t know they made a mistake, how will they know to correct the problem?
Telling someone they made a mistake can sometimes be a daunting task, especially if you’re more reserved. In my experience, these tactics have been the most successful in working with restaurants to prevent future mistakes:
Visit the manager in person.
Pay attention to the time.
Offer constructive feedback and stay calm.
Suggest gluten-free training for the whole staff.
If you get glutened at a restaurant, be sure to give these tips a try. The new Dining Out Tips guide from NFCA offers more ways to talk to your favorite restaurants about safe gluten-free food preparation, including an easy way to let them know about GREAT Kitchens.
You can help prevent future mistakes – a service to yourself and to others!
To your GREAT Health,
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Featuring recipes from gluten-free bloggers, chefs and manufacturers, the Seasonal Recipe Box is bound to have an idea for every occasion and holiday. Not convinced yet? Here’s a preview of what you’ll find!
MEDITTERANEAN STYLE PIZZA
ASPARAGUS IN ORANGE VINAIGRETTE
By Silvana Nardone
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A. You’ve heard it all before. There never seems to be enough hours in the day. Nearly every evening, I glance over at the oven clock and wonder how it got to be so late. So, what’s my strategy? Here are the five things I do to get stay ahead of the game.
Start with the obvious: Keep things simple.
Make sure your pantry is full, especially with backup for ingredients you use every day.
Cook extra batches of things like pancakes or gluten-free chicken nuggets and freeze them for later.
Get help from store-bought meal—or dessert—starters. Sure, I prefer to cook my family’s meals from scratch, but I always have some store-bought foods on hand to jumpstart my meals, including gluten-free whole-grain bread, cinnamon-raisin bread, pizza crust, rice cereal and semisweet chocolate chips.
Keep an arsenal of meals that pretty much cook themselves in your back pocket.
About Silvana Nardone
In 2012, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) conducted research in conjunction with Emerson College and The Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to learn more about the attitudes and beliefs about testing for celiac disease among family members of persons diagnosed with this autoimmune condition. The research, a combination of an online survey, focus groups and interviews, was successful in that it provided informative details about this lesser studied area.
Today, we are pleased to announce that NFCA is continuing this research in collaboration with The Jefferson Celiac Center of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia. Together, NFCA and The Jefferson Celiac Center now ask you to complete a survey that aims to determine what recommendations patients with celiac disease receive from their physicians regarding family member testing.
Patient participation in celiac disease research is critical in helping physicians and researchers to advance science. Your participation is invaluable!
Please take five to ten minutes to complete this brief questionnaire.
The survey period has closed. Thank you to all who participated!