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A GREAT Story
As the President and CEO of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) I get to meet a lot of people. I love getting to know our community and hearing everyone’s story of finally getting that diagnosis of celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity (‘gluten sensitivity’). There are lots of passionate people out there, each working in their own way to make life better for those living the gluten-free lifestyle. In 2007, I had the privilege of meeting one of these people, a true thought leader who would go on to help NFCA in our pursuit to make dining out safe for our community – Nancy Baker.
Nancy was inspired to create the GREAT Kitchens program while living abroad. She learned to navigate the gluten-free dining experience while living outside of the U.S. and realized that with her education background and her knowledge of kitchen practices, she could share a robust curriculum to help people eat without fear in restaurants. Nancy teamed up with NFCA to finish the creation and promotion of the program and the rest, as they say, is history.
The GREAT Schools, Colleges and Camps program followed the GREAT Kitchens program and we have just released a new and improved version that is tailored to helping schools meet the needs of their gluten-free students.
Why am I telling you all of this?
I want you to know that we are working each day to make your life easier, so you can go to that fabulous dinner party and actually eat at the restaurant, not at home beforehand or from snacks stashed in your purse or pockets. We don’t want kids to have to miss out on field trips or summer camp outings just because they have different dietary needs. Much of the NFCA staff has been in your shoes and we know how disappointing and isolating the gluten-free diet can be in social scenarios. The GREAT training program was born out of necessity and has been maintained because of NFCA’s passion for helping you live your life to the fullest.
This month, I’d like to pose a dining out challenge . I encourage you to download our free Dining Tips Sheet, which contains a tear-off section that you can leave at restaurants to tell them about GREAT Kitchens gluten-free training and the positive impact it can have on our community and on their businesses, in general. Then, tell us about your experience on our Facebook page. So, will you accept the challenge and join us on our mission to help people with gluten-related disorders eat without fear?
To our GREAT health,
Fun and Easy Summertime Recipes
SALAD WITH STRAWBERRIES (NECTARINES, PEACHES) AND GOAT CHEESE DRESSING
Chef Oonagh’s son was diagnosed with celiac disease over 5 years ago with no previous symptoms. She has non-celiac gluten sensitivity (‘gluten sensitivity’) and also has cousins with celiac disease. ‘Like’ Chef Oonagh at Gluten Free Cooking with Oonagh on Facebook where she posts links to her recipes, her Delicious Gluten Free Cooking cookbook (over 200 pages), appearances on the local ABC station, products, her classes, and where you can meet her when she speaks at conferences nationwide. E-mail at [email protected]. Chef Oonagh has a culinary arts degree, trained in London and Switzerland and lives in New Hampshire.
Independence Day Recipes
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What better way to celebrate the 4th of July than with some delicious gluten-free food? With these recipes, you won’t have to worry about pleasing your gluten-eating guests; they won’t know the difference!
If this is your first time celebrating the 4th of July after your diagnosis of celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, don’t worry! Food is definitely a focus during the Independence Day festivities, but it doesn’t have to be the only focus. Don’t forget about the fun ways to celebrate that don’t involve food, like fireworks, fire pits, sparklers, swimming, Frisbee, wiffle ball, water balloon fights and all kinds of backyard activities. For more tips on navigating summer parties and barbecues, just check out the From the Archive article below.
About Silvana Nardone
From talking with our community members on social media, we know that many of you are enthusiastic about maintaining your gluten-free diet as the only treatment for celiac disease. But, most of us can agree that living the gluten-free lifestyle can put a damper on your day to day social interactions and create unique challenges that must be overcome in order to stay healthy.
What if we could change that? Join NFCA as we continue to talk about advancing research and how it can lead the way in helping to address the social challenges of living with celiac disease.
Watch this 60 second video to learn how, together, we can start to take control of these challenges today.