You've Got Celiac Disease? Let's Celebrate!

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Dude Note: To honor Celiac Awareness Month and to help raise awareness of our disease, I will be attempting 31 blog posts in 31 days. My goal is simple: to make most of them not suck. If you’ve got ideas for a good post or if you’d like to guest blog, by all means, contact me. Your input is more than welcome. And if you know anybody with celiac disease, give them some extra lovin’ this month. They deserve it.

So this month, we are “celebrating” celiac disease.

Ok fine…technically we are “raising awareness” of celiac disease.

But I’d like to think of it more as a celebration.

We are celebrating the fact that celiacs can survive simply by adhering to a difficult, but doable, diet.

We are celebrating the fact that our disease is treatable without strong drugs and all of the crap that comes with them.

We are celebrating the fact that the celiac community is the best community in the world.

We are celebrating the fact that a scammer like Jason from The Wise Alternative is getting hell from all corners of the world in response to his “cure” for celiac disease.

We are celebrating the fact that we can still have coffee and wine (phew!)

We are celebrating the fact that there is more awareness of celiac disease today than ever before.

We are celebrating the fact that because of this awareness, more people are getting the diagnosis they need.

We are celebrating the fact that doctors are starting to take those with celiac disease more seriously (though we have a far way to go.)

We are celebrating the fact that those with celiac disease are having their voices heard.

So whether you have celiac disease or not, do a little celebrating tonight.

Life is good.

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23 thoughts on “You've Got Celiac Disease? Let's Celebrate!”

  1. Yay! I’m celebrating too. I’ve been Celiac for 31 years and counting. No pity parties for me here. Happy Celiac Awareness Month to one cool gluten dude!

  2. two of my three celiac children had pity parties last night. They will be reading this aloud after supper tonight during family time. Thank you!

    1. The Gluten Dude

      I would imagine it would be a bit more difficult to celebrate if you are a child. But hopefully, this post will boos their spirits a bit.

  3. Sandra Rowland

    Throwing confetti now! I love the fact that I have no horrible side effects from drugs (especially as that is the norm for me – to get side effect!). The diet is really not that hard- just eat whole foods, nothing processed, and take out the gluten. Easy! Let’s party. Experimenting with whoopee pies – grain free, dairy free – for the party!

  4. I’m always up for guest blogging! I usually just write about food reviews on my blog – so let me know if you’d like me to write about something other than that! 🙂 HAPPY AWARENESS MONTH!

    1. The Gluten Dude

      Sounds great Erica. Email me at me AT glutendude.com. Thanks! That leaves me with 29 posts 😉

  5. Love this post! I just completed the WEGO health challenge – 30 posts in 30 days. It was a challenge, but so worth it. Happy writing 🙂

  6. I decided to take a page from your book and I baked a cake for supper and it looks lovely! We’ll have a celebration tonight and hopefully this will avoid future pity parties by the kids!

    Here’s the modfied recipe. The original recipe is from nourishing meals which has a lot of good recipes and the location is listed in the recipe.

    Chocolate Layer Cake (GF,DF,EF,SF,CF,FF)

    2 cups sorghum flour
    ½ cup tapioca flour
    ¾ cup unsweetened carob powder
    1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
    1 ½ teaspoons guar gum*
    1/4 teaspoon sea salt
    1 ½ cups boiling water
    1 cup prunes (next time I will use either pumpkin or banana the finished cake smells “pruney”
    ½ cup virgin coconut oil
    1 cup maple syrup
    2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    1 tablespoon vanilla

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 9-inch cake pans.

    In a medium sized bowl place the brown rice flour, tapioca flour, carob powder, baking soda, guar gum, and sea salt; mix together well in the food processor.

    Place the prunes in a small bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Let stand for about 10 minutes.

    Place the prunes and water into a blender or Vita-Mix and add the coconut oil, maple syrup, water, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla. Blend until very smooth. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix well, though be careful not to over mix.

    Immediately pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for about 20 minutes. Let stand for a few minutes in the pan and then gently invert onto a wire rack to cool. Let cool completely before frosting. Source: http://www.NourishingMeals.com

    Sugar-Free Vegan Frosting

    2 cups organic coconut oil
    1 cup arrowroot powder
    1 cup maple syrup
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    handful of crushed, strained raspberries for colouring

    Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl and whip up with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. This can be made a day ahead of time, stored at room temp. Just re-whip before frosting the cake.

  7. Great post! I’ve been gluten-free for 2 years now and I must say that the awareness and availability of GF products is better now than it was when I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease 2 years ago. However, we still have a long way to go. But there has been a lot of progress in the last 2 years and that does, indeed, call for a celebration.

  8. Just starting to recover (I hope!) after two years of poor health, lots of doctors and no clear diagnosis. I discovered early on that gluten was a problem and have been gluten and dairy free since then. My celiac blood tests were -ve, they did not follow up with an endoscopy as they should have done to rule out celiac, instead they did a colonoscopy and declared that I had IBS. I went GF after that.

    If I had not become unwell and as a result so well read on all things gluten and celiac I would not have recognised the very subtle signs in my then 6 year old son. I had to push his pediatrician to do the celiac panel bloods as he presented as a very well child.
    His bloods were positive for celiac and so was his endoscopy. He has been gluten and dairy free now for 6 months since his diagnosis in October last year.

    I’m so thankful that we caught it before he became a very sick child and potentially having to endure years trying to figure out what was wrong.

    1. The Gluten Dude

      Sorry to hear about your son 🙁

      But glad he got the diagnosis he needed.

      Love the name of your website.

  9. I’m with ya on the Wine & Coffee … mostly the coffee! In those first few weeks after my diagnosis, and not knowing what was safe or not, I often looked forward to that oh so convenient & allowable cup to start off my day!
    Happy Celiac Awareness Month!

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