Welcome to Easy Gluten Free Living, a website for Celiacs, by a celiac. In case you stumbled upon this website by accident, let me explain to you what a celiac is.
A celiac is a person with an intollerance to gluten, protein found in just about every grain except, corn, rice and depending on who you listen to some gluten-free oats, (those processed only in a plant that does not process glutenous grains). The reason I say depending on who you listen to follows. I pulled this right off of the Celiac Sprue Association’s website:
“Inconclusive information exists concerning the inclusion of oats in the gluten-free diet. Some clinical studies indicate that uncontaminated oats may be tolerated by some people with CD. Other studies indicate that some people with CD have an immune response to oats (avenin). Currently, there is no way to identify which people with CD may tolerate oats. Therefore caution is advised when considering the use of uncontaminated oats in a gluten-free diet.”*
When I was diagnosed 22 years ago, I was told no wheat, barley, rye, or oats, period. So I have basically stuck to that instruction, until recently. However, I haven’t injested enough oats as of yet to make a decision for myself. I’ll let you know here if I find that I am having a reaction to the “Gluten-Free Oats”.
This website will be a place for information about Celiac Disease and how to keep you or your loved one happy and healthy on a gluten free diet.
I named this site Easy Gluten Free Living because once you get over the shock and denial of being intollerant, (or as most people say “allergic”) to gluten you will find that it really isn’t that bad, just a bit inconvienient.
I hope that you will find this website informative, helpful and inspiring. In the days and weeks to come I will be giving you meal/menu ideas to help with mealtime.
Come back often and please feel free to comment or ask questions.