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Happy Celiac Awareness Month!
National Celiac Awareness Month is an important time to bring attention to celiac disease, especially when so many people need our help. About 83% of individuals living with this autoimmune disease are still undiagnosed. That’s a dramatic improvement from the 97% who were undiagnosed 10 years ago, but we have plenty of ground left to cover. We also know that there are many more people – about 6% of the population – who also need to be gluten-free due to non-celiac gluten sensitivity.
This year, NFCA’s theme for Celiac Awareness Month is “Fuel the Family,” and we are focusing on the role of family testing for celiac disease. Having a family member with celiac disease can greatly increase your risk of developing the condition. That increased risk also means families are a prime place to start driving diagnoses.
We know that many family members are resistant to getting tested for celiac disease. We know they often fail to recognize their own symptoms. We also know that many would be willing to get tested if their family members just asked. We are empowering you to help!
“Fuel the Family” also extends to other activities during Celiac Awareness Month. It’s about “fueling the family” with gluten-free food (at lower prices); with information about gluten-related disorders; and with the strength to speak up at restaurants and schools when gluten-free needs aren’t being met.
Our goal this month is to encourage everyone to talk to their families. It could be asking them to take the Celiac Disease Symptoms Checklist, teaching them how to properly read labels, or inviting them to support the cause.
The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) is so excited to bring you a new resource to help you talk to your family about celiac disease testing. We hope you will find it helpful in learning about celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity and the gluten- free diet, and empower you to share this information with family, friends and the public. Download it for free here.
We thank you for joining us in this nationwide effort to restore health and reclaim lives!
To Your GREAT Health,
Happy Celiac Awareness Month! In honor of the month, I’m sharing with you one of my favorite recipes for a celebration. Enjoy!
A special gluten-free dessert for Cinco de Mayo, as well as any party, especially garnished with lots of lovely summer fruits, strawberries, raspberries, nectarines or mangoes.
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
Get your gluten-free cooking and baking questions answered by the expert! Have a question for Silvana? E-mail Alicia at [email protected] and your question could be answered in a future NFCA newsletter.
What are your top 5 meal suggestions for families that are bored with their same old dinner routines?
About Silvana Nardone
This Celiac Awareness Month, we are excited to unveil our first-ever downloadable toolkit, designed to help you make the most of this month-long celebration. Whether you’re newly diagnosed or a gluten-free pro, you’ll find information that’s right for you in the toolkit. We’ve got you covered!
The number of gluten-free bloggers is increasing daily and we here at the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) love to follow their stories. For Celiac Awareness Month, we asked a few of our blogger friends to share their stories about celiac disease in the family. We hope you will find comfort and inspiration in these personal stories!
Bookmark the Gluten-Free Blogger page and check back often for new stories: www.beyondceliac.org/awarenessmonth/bloggers/
A big thank you to the bloggers and NFCA staff members who are sharing their stories this month!
It can be hard to find the right words when talking to your family about celiac disease. So, have someone else do the talking! Two members of NFCA’s Scientific/Medical Advisory Council, Ken Kilgore and Dr. Ritu Verma, shared their personal stories and advice for families in two new videos that NFCA will premiere during Celiac Awareness Month. You can watch Ken’s video now, then stay tuned for Dr. Verma’s video coming later this month!
NFCA thanks these sponsors for supporting Celiac Awareness Month
The staff here at the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) will be sporting our green gear throughout May in honor of Celiac Awareness Month. We want to share the fun, but we need your help!
We’re asking everyone to wear green any day in May and post a picture of you and your crew (family, friends, neighbors, whoever!) to NFCA’s Facebook page. We’ll gather all the photos and add them to a special album: Celiac Awareness Month 2013: Family Photos. Be sure to share the album with your Facebook friends to help celiac awareness go viral!
Find out what else we have up our sleeve for Celiac Awareness Month: www.beyondceliac.org/awarenessmonth2013
We share our gluten-free finds every week on the Gluten-Free Hot Products blog, but throughout May, we’re highlighting a gluten-free product every day. That’s right! We’ll feature a new product right here on beyondceliac.org so you can fuel your family in a more literal sense – with tasty gluten-free alternatives. We’ll tell you where the flavor inspirations came from; give you a snapshot of the nutrition facts, plus suggestions for how to eat them.
You read that right – you can donate to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness without spending a dime! Two generous NFCA sponsors are hosting Celiac Awareness Month events that will raise funds to support our free educational materials and services.
So Delicious Dairy-Free Facebook “Like” Campaign
“Like” So Delicious Dairy-Free’s Facebook page and they’ll donate $1 to NFCA (up to $5,000). Just click here to visit their Facebook page to head to their Facebook page, click “Like” and feel good knowing you’ve contributed to the cause!
EatSmart Naturals Social Media “Tip” Fundraiser & Giveaway
EatSmart Naturals has a way you can donate without spending money, plus get a chance at something in return! All you have to do is share a tip for living gluten-free on their Facebook page under the Giving is Natural Tab and you’ll be entered to win an EatSmart Naturals prize package. Every tip you share earns $1 for NFCA (up to $2,500)!
Thank you, So Delicious Dairy-Free and EatSmart Naturals, for your generosity!
Carrot Cupcakes with Dairy-Free Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting
By Alisa Fleming
A touch of pineapple in both the cupcakes and frosting puts a spring in the step of this recipe. For the frosting, several brands of dairy-free cream cheese alternative are now available, but they tend to be slightly softer and less pungent than dairy cream cheese. To compensate and punch up the flavor, this recipe uses a higher ratio of cream cheese alternative and a squeeze of citrus.
“Next Iron Chef” Finalist and NFCA Battle Gluten-Free Myths
Gluten-free items are popping up on menus all across the country. In fact, 200 million restaurant visits in 2012 included gluten-free requests. With such an increase in popularity, the need to educate people on safe gluten-free cooking practices is greater than ever.
Enter Beckee Moreland, Director of Gluten-Free Industry initiatives at the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) with Food Network’s “Next Iron Chef” finalist Jehangir Mehta. The duo will tackle common myths about gluten-free food at the 2013 National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show. The NRA Show draws over 58,000 industry professionals from across the globe, so they’ll be talking to a large and vested audience about the importance of gluten-free food safety.
Beckee’s goal is to help chefs understand that there’s more to gluten-free cooking than just using gluten-free ingredients. “In the rush to introduce gluten-free options, many restaurants have neglected the due diligence and staff training that are so essential in protecting the health of consumers with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Our community is getting sick, and it all could be avoided with a few changes in protocols,” she said.
Together, Chef Mehta and Beckee hope to bring more awareness and understanding of the gluten-free diet and the importance of doing it right. They’ll be speaking at the NRA show on May 21, so stay tuned for a post-session update!
Infographic: What Every Restaurant Should Know about
With more restaurants offering gluten-free options, it’s important to make sure they understand what it means to safely serve people with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). NFCA was excited to contribute to this infographic, which is a snapshot of essential facts, from gluten-containing ingredients to the serious risk of cross-contamination.
View this infographic on PizzaMarketPlace.com.
#GFBudget Twitter Chat