Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with the absorption of nutrients in food. Basically, a flattened small intestine cannot digest gluten. Gluten is a protein that promotes elasticity and "chewiness" of bread products, and it is found in wheat, barley and rye.
Only about one percent of Americans have Celiacs disease, but awareness for the disease is increasing thanks to a gluten free diet being so hip and healthy these days! The growing popularity is actually a win-win situation for all types of gluten free eaters. Food manufacturers are starting to sell more gluten free products and restaurants are catering to the celiac crowd. The promotion of the gluten free lifestyle makes dealing with celiacs a breeze.
So what happens when I do eat gluten? Imagine the worst hangover....and then multiply it by 1000. Seriously, it makes me so sick that the smell of fresh baked goods and the thought of cheese stuffed crust pizza isn't enough to make me cave! Don't worry about me though, I have my go-to foods.
Just in case you're still curious about what I can eat, here is a list of my grocery store favorites:
- Vanilla Chex Cereal
- Daiya Veggie Pizza
- All of the Udi's products
- Ancient Grains Pasta
- Glutino Snacks (pretzels, chips, cookies)
Other than fruits, vegetables and other naturally gluten free foods, that's about all the pre-made food I buy. I thoroughly enjoy creating and changing recipes into something safe and delicious for me to eat, so that's where most of my food comes from. I hope you'll swing by later to see some of my favorite recipes!
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