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4 Ways to Win With Celiac Disease

Posted by Brittany Raum on Sep, Wed 13, 2017

I’m finding ways to win with Celiac Disease. Don’t get me wrong; Celiac Disease is a lifelong, chronic illness. It is a serious condition. But it’s also my normal. So I’ve found a few ways to empower myself and win with Celiac Disease.

1. Surround yourself with people who support you-- This goes without saying, and it applies to every part of my life, not just my Celiac Disease diagnosis. Without people around me who recognize that being gluten free is the only means of treating my Celiac Disease, I don’t think I’d be nearly as successful with it or as healthy as I am today.

Celiac Disease dominates every bite of food I put into my mouth, many of the products I use, and the hows and wheres of my food prep. So it’s a topic that comes up quite a bit. Sure, there are still those people who don’t understand it or think it’s just a fad diet, but having the support of my family and friends is what really matters.

2. Read, read, read those labels-- Even items that claim to be gluten free sometimes aren’t free from cross contamination which is a huge factor for those of us with Celiac Disease or gluten allergy/intolerance. Sometimes recipes change or the place it’s manufactured is different, so even if it’s a food you’ve eaten daily for years, it’s still important to give the info a quick run-through. Those quick checks have saved me from a few accidental-glutenings.

3. Don’t be afraid to question your food-- Aside from reading labels, when it comes to eating out at restaurants, I’ve found there’s a wide variety of knowledge about what it truly means for a meal to be gluten free. (No, I cannot just pick the croutons off this salad, thanks.)

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Gluten-Free Travel Guide + Free Stuff Friday!

Posted by Brittany McNeal on Jun, Fri 20, 2014

Summer travel can pose some pretty interesting dilemmas to those of us with food allergies, food sensitivities, and Celiac Disease. If you’re like me, one of the estimated 20 million Americans with some variety of gluten-sensitivity, summer travel can cause more headaches than a delayed flight or highway construction.

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Tags: celiac disease ids, celiac disease, celiac, Celiac-Sprue, gluten-free travel, food allergy travel

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Posted by Brittany McNeal on May, Thu 01, 2014

Celiac Disease Awareness Month is very close to my heart. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease almost a year and a half ago, and although it's something I live pretty comfortably with now, it wasn't a happy or easy diagnosis to get by any means.

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Tags: celiac disease ids, celiac disease, celiac, Celiac-Sprue

Living with Celiac's Disease [Part Three]

Posted by Brittany McNeal on Feb, Mon 03, 2014

Life after diagnosis has been smooth sailing for the most part. Since my father and I are both gluten free, even Thanksgiving and Christmas (normally a pretty gluten-y affair) were both huge successes for us, and by success, I mean it felt normal, and that meant a lot to the both of us.

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Living with Celiac's Disease [Part Two]

Posted by Brittany McNeal on Jan, Mon 27, 2014

As soon as I was greeted by the nurse, I knew something was amiss. The nurse quickly ushered me into an exam room, and only a few short minutes later, my doctor followed.

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Tags: celiac disease ids, celiac disease, celiac, Celiac-Sprue, gluten free living, Gluten Free, Celiac Disease Awareness Day

Living with Celiac's Disease [Part One]

Posted by Brittany McNeal on Jan, Sun 19, 2014

First off, I’d like to introduce myself: Hello! I’m Brittany McNeal. That's me over there to the right... Snazzy. I’m the brand-spanking new content creator at Lauren’s Hope, and I (like almost 8% of Americans) have an autoimmune disease. In fact, like most people who have an autoimmune disease, I have more than one: Celiac Disease and Hashimoto’s Disease.

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Tags: celiac disease ids, celiac disease, celiac, Celiac-Sprue, Autoimmune disorders, autoimmune, autoimmune disease, gluten free living, gluten alert medical id bracelet, Gluten Free

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