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Gluten-Free Holidays: Resisting Temptation and Avoiding Cross-Contact
Can you believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner already? Soon enough, the parties, cookie exchanges and potluck dinners will be starting. It’s a happy and exciting time of year, but people living with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity (‘gluten sensitivity’) know that sometimes the joy of spending time with family and friends can be overshadowed by anxiety and the fear of getting sick.
I know firsthand how tough the holidays can be, especially when a diagnosis is new and the gluten-free diet is still foreign to both you and your loved ones. But, I also know that with preparation and honest communication, people with gluten-related disorders can enjoy the holiday season and eat without fear.
In the 10 years since the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) first opened its doors, I have met so many people on a lifelong gluten-free diet. In that time, I’ve learned that among the many concerns during the holiday season, three consistently rise to the top: Families that do not understand the need for a gluten-free diet, the fear of accidentally eating gluten and the temptation to cheat on the gluten-free diet.
Helping family understand our needs.
Fear of “getting glutened.”
I always say “gluten-free” isn’t a diet in the traditional sense – it’s a lifestyle that we must adhere to for the sake of our health. If we keep that mindset throughout the holidays, we can resist any temptation and ensure we’re making good choices.
NFCA is sharing gluten-free holiday tips and how-tos all month long to help you through the holiday season. I invite you to share your holiday tips and fun family stories with NFCA and the community on NFCA’s Facebook page.
I hope you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving and a Happy Hanukkah to those celebrating!
To our GREAT health,
Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes
Happy Thanksgiving! In honor of “Turkey Day,” I am sharing with you two of my favorite gluten-free twists on classic holiday dishes.
PUMPKIN BREAD PUDDING WITH CARAMEL SAUCE
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.
Recipe Round-Up: Silvana’s Top 5 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes
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Since Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away, I thought I would share a few of my family’s favorite gluten-free holiday recipes. Here is my Thanksgiving “recipe round-up”:
About Silvana Nardone
At NFCA, part of our mission is to advance research to ensure that people with celiac disease receive an accurate and prompt diagnosis and experience a happy and healthy quality of life once diagnosed. As NFCA strives to increase diagnosis and improve quality of life, it is particularly exciting to have the support of celiac disease patients along with affected families and caregivers, a community who has been so vocal about their interest in learning more about the advances researchers are making in this field. NFCA knows that you and your fellow celiac disease community members have a growing interest in this aspect of our mission — to advance celiac disease research.
With both community interest and celiac disease research evolving so quickly, NFCA wants to make sure that you have the opportunity to participate in cutting edge celiac disease research.
That said, we are excited to introduce you to the newest feature from NFCA: The Research Opt-In.
NFCA encourages you to opt-in today to receive news and updates on current celiac disease research, which will offer new opportunities to contribute to the future of celiac disease.
Examples of research activities may include:
NFCA is all about doing our part to help accelerate celiac disease research. This means making sure that the celiac disease community understands how clinical trials work and the benefits and risks of participating in a clinical trial. Today, we are excited to announce that we have partnered with CenterWatch, the leading publisher of information on clinical research for patients and their advocates and healthcare professionals, to launch NFCA’s Clinical Trials Resource Center.
As a patient, you have a critical role in the clinical trial process. Clinical trials offer a unique opportunity for patients to “feed” science by helping physicians and researchers learn more about the condition and treatment options being studied. NFCA is committed to bringing you the most up-to-date information and facts about clinical trials so that you can determine if participating in one is the right choice for you.
NFCA encourages you to visit our new Clinical Trials Resource Center regularly to keep up-to-date on clinical trial news in general and specifically for celiac disease.
Here’s a snapshot of what you’ll find in the resource center:
If you have questions about this new feature or ideas on how to continue engaging the celiac disease community in this important research process, please email: [email protected].
The holiday season is officially upon us – let the gluten-free cooking and baking begin!
At NFCA, we know the holidays can be stressful for people with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity (‘gluten sensitivity’). That’s why we’ve teamed up with Crunchmaster and gluten-free bloggers to give you tips for maintaining your gluten-free diet throughout the holiday season. Here’s what we have planned:
Gluten-Free Holiday Tip of the Day
It’s back! Each day, NFCA will share holiday tips from the staff, community members and gluten-free bloggers. From baking and cooking to parties and talking about your gluten-free needs, we’ve got you covered!
Gluten-Free Holiday How-Tos
We recruited six of our gluten-free blogger friends to share their holiday how-tos with you. With a mix of bloggers focused on lifestyle tips, cooking and baking, we’re covering all the bases. We’ll unveil one to two posts per week, so keep an eye on the Gluten-Free Holiday How-To page so you don’t miss a thing.
Meet the bloggers now!
Get in on the holiday fun at