Celiac Info

When you are newly diagnosed with Celiac, Gluten Intolerance, or any type of food allergy, things can become difficult. When my daughter was first diagnosed with Celiac, I honestly didn’t know what to feed her. After a little time, a bit of trial and error, and lots of frustration, things got a bit easier. She has been eating gluten free for 4 years now and things are definitely much better. Below is a list I put together to hopefully help you out on your new journey to eating gluten free.


Avoiding cross contamination:

Cross contamination doesn’t seem like it would be a big issue, but it is. Especially after you have been gluten free for a while. Once your body is rid of the gluten, the slightest bit (that can occur with cross contamination) can make you very sick. Here is what you can do to avoid it:

*Use dedicated equipment to prepare and cook food on (counter tops, pots and pans, bowls, toaster, utensils, etc)
*Always wash hands before preparing gluten free meals
*Store gluten free foods away from non-gluten free foods
*When dining out, whether it be a fast food or a sit down restaurant, make sure they have a gluten free menu. Before ordering, make sure your server knows it MUST BE gluten free so they can prepare your food carefully. Most restaurants with an actual gluten free menu will take extra precautions to avoid cross contamination issues. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about how or where the food is prepared.



Our favorite foods at home:


I would HIGHLY recommend using Jules Gluten Free flour. It is the closest thing to real flour and can be used to bake anything! It's expensive, but most GF foods are. The website is http://www.julesglutenfree.com If you sign up for her newsletter you'll get recipes emailed to you. You can even buy a 1 1/2 cup sample bag first to see if you like it.  

Another good flour is Tom Sawyers. This is what we used before Jules. It is really good too! http://glutenfreeflour.com/

Udi’s Gluten Free bread. The best EVER! (They also have muffins and bagels):
http://www.udisglutenfree.com/

Rudi's also has really good bread, tortillas and other products (not all of their products are GF, so be careful when buying)http://www.rudisglutenfree.com/ 

Ian’s Products
(not all of their products are GF, so be careful when buying): http://www.iansnaturalfoods.com/entrees.html

Applegate Farms also has really good chicken nuggets: http://www.applegatefarms.com/Products/ProductDetail.aspx?id=3342

Annie’s (really good mac & cheese):
http://www.annies.com/naturalmacandcheese

Pamela’s (Cookies, pancake mix, cake mixes, etc. All very good!):
http://www.pamelasproducts.com/

Amy’s has a really good organic rice crust pizza:
http://www.amyskitchen.com/special_diets/celiac.php

Kinnikinnick (You can locate a store that carries their products or you can order online. Lots of good stuff!):
http://consumer.kinnikinnick.com

Glutino has some really good products. My daughter’s favorites are the pretzels (which taste better than regular pretzels, honestly,) the crackers, the wafers, the cereal bars and a few of the cereals (frosted corn rice flakes and the corn rice flakes with strawberries)

All Chex cereals are GF now (except Wheat Chex of course) and they have TONS of recipes on their website for snack mixes and even dinner ideas. We use Chex Cereal A LOT: http://www.chex.com/

Thai Kitchen has Ramen-like noodles. (They are rice noodles) My daughter loves them. But for her, instead of using the seasoning packet, I use one chicken cube for flavoring: http://www.thaikitchen.com/

Betty Crocker also has some great GF cake/cookie/brownie mixes. They really are actually very good! http://www.bettycrocker.com/products/gluten-free-baking-mixes (There is also have a modified recipe that makes them SO much better here:



Maple Grove Farms pancake mix is very good and inexpensive: http://maplegrove.stores.yahoo.net/panwafmufmix.html

Schar Products (Crackers, pasta, pizza crusts, bread sticks, cookies, etc) are our new favorite:

http://www.schar.com/us/

She loves Van's GF waffles and french toast sticks (not all of their products are GF, so be careful when buying):  http://www.vansfoods.com/Home




Helpful websites/blogs:


Children With Diabetes has a small section of their forum for Celiac Disease:
http://forums.childrenwithdiabetes.com/forumdisplay.php?f=5

Celiac Forums is a great place:
http://forums.glutenfree.com/

Another blog that reviews GF products:
http://killthegluten.blogspot.com/

You can get a lot of info from the Celiac Organization. Sometimes you will even find a Celiac Expo or Gluten Free Expo in your area where they have foods you can try before you buy them. We went to one in Chicago in 2009 and it was GREAT!  http://www.celiac.org/

I also want to add in this post I made after the Gluten Free Expo we attended a while back. You'll find some very good stuff there!

I know this change is not an easy one. But if you take it one day at a time, things will get better. I hope this info helped you a bit. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or suggestions!