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As One Celebration Ends, Another Begins
While the excitement of Celiac Awareness Month is winding down, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) is gearing up for yet another celebration – our 10th anniversary.
It’s hard to believe it has been 10 years since I started the foundation. It doesn’t seem like a decade has past at all, that is, until I start thinking about all of the things we have achieved together as the gluten-free community.
When I was diagnosed over 20 years ago, no one had heard of the gluten-free diet. I even had to special order my food from Canada! I’m sure there are more than a few of you reading this who can relate. Now, we can walk into stores and find gluten-free alternatives and find more options on restaurant menus than ever before. There has never been a stronger focus on celiac disease in the research world; potential medications and a vaccine are in development, and new information emerges often from top celiac disease researchers. So much has changed for people living with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity in the past 10 years. I am so incredibly proud and honored to have been a part of the transformation.
While major strides have been made for the gluten-free community, we still have our work cut out for us. More restaurants need to understand how to safely prepare gluten-free foods. College students need to know they can count on their schools’ foodservice staff to provide them with a variety of healthy gluten-free options – free from cross-contamination. Our children need to go to school and not worry about what’s in their lunchboxes and if the other students will tease them for it. Primary care doctors need to recognize the many elusive symptoms of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, and so does the general population so they don’t go undiagnosed for years, questioning why they’ve felt so sick for so long.
I am so incredibly proud of the work NFCA has done over the last decade, and I look forward to the next 10 years! We will continue to make progress in raising awareness of gluten-related disorders and the medical need for a gluten-free diet. And I thank all of you for your support and appreciation, whether you’ve been with us for the past 10 years or if you are newly diagnosed and just finding our community.
Stay tuned for recaps and events celebrating our 10th anniversary! I am so excited to share a snapshot of the last 10 years with you all.
To our GREAT health,
With Memorial Day behind us, summer is unofficially here at last! In honor of the warm weather to come, I’m sharing these tasty recipes for you to enjoy all summer long.
NO BAKE GLUTEN-FREE TOFFEE CRISP CAKE
QUINOA AND FRUIT SALAD WITH POPPY SEED DRESSING
About Chef Oonagh Williams
British-born award-winning chef Oonagh Williams has a culinary arts degree and was trained in London and Switzerland. Based in New Hampshire, Chef Oonagh began adapting meals to gluten-free versions after her son was diagnosed with gluten and lactose intolerance two years ago. To learn more, visit Chef Oonagh’s website at www.RoyalTemptations.com or ‘Like’ her at Gluten Free Cooking with Oonagh on Facebook.
By Silvana Nardone
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What tips do you have for parents sending their gluten-free kids to a party or event that won’t have gluten-free options?
No one wants to feel left out—especially at a party. Now imagine that it’s a kids’ party. Exactly. Even worse. So, what do you do when you know that your kid is going to a party where there won’t be any gluten-free food? Here are some tips to make sure your kid’s the life of the party:
Talk about it—again and again.
Tell the host.
Either way, bring your own snacks and dessert.
About Silvana Nardone
Celiac Disease’s Toll on Your Teeth
Celiac disease and teeth? Really? If that’s news to you, you’re not alone – It’s quite possible that yourdoctor, dentist and hygienist have never heard of that link either. Among celiac disease’s curious mix of symptoms, oral health problems have only recently been shown to be one of them.
Being on a gluten-free diet doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the best parts of summer. This month, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) will publish a series of tips so you can stress less and enjoy the hazy days of summer.
The series is made possible with support from The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.
Keep an eye out for the Gluten-Free Summer Tips article series! We’ll unveil a new article each week throughout June focused on:
View the first article: