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

Traveling for the Holidays with Celiac Disease

Posted by Brittany McNeal on Nov, Mon 17, 2014

For those of us with Celiac Disease, the holidays can present a bit of an extra challenge. We’re faced with a seemingly endless spread of terrific-looking goodies that we can’t eat. While those options may look tasty, there are tons of great gluten-free choices that won’t make you take a chance on your health.

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Tags: celiac disease, Gluten Free, gluten, thanksgiving, holidays, traveling with celiac disease

Have a Very Celiac-Friendly Thanksgiving

Posted by Brittany McNeal on Nov, Wed 05, 2014

About a year and a half ago, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Although now I know that I can enjoy a lot of the same foods (albeit modified) that I could before my diagnosis, there’s not a day that goes by that I’m not nose-deep in an ingredients label, sifting through all the jargon and manufacturing information that usually goes unread.

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Tags: celiac disease, gluten intolerance, Gluten Free, gluten, wheat allergy, gluten allergy, thanksgiving, november, holidays

Summer Barbecue Fun & Safety

Posted by Brittany McNeal on May, Tue 27, 2014

When it comes to Summer, aside from the warm weather and pretty flowers, my favorite part is cooking out with friends and family. Since I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, however, I look at barbecues a bit differently. Instead of seeing a delicious spread of potato salad, coleslaw, and chips, I see unknown cooking surfaces, mystery seasonings, and cross-contamination risks.

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Lauren's Hope Health Challenge: The Final Results

Posted by Tara Cohen on Mar, Mon 03, 2014

Well, it's been a month, and our first-ever Lauren's Hope Health Challenge is complete! Here's a rundown of our team's experience. You'll see "After" shots throughout the article, and our "Before" pics at the bottom. Enjoy! 

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Tags: Medical ID Jewelry, celiac, paleo, Gluten Free, health, wellness, Lauren's Hope Health Challenge, diet, exercise, fitness

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