Have you ever met someone who was gluten free? How about someone with Coeliac Disease? As the gluten free diet fad fades, Coeliac Disease will stay with us. For those living with Coeliac Disease, currently the only way to treat it is to eat a completely gluten free diet. It is not a matter of diet preference, but of living with a normal quality of life. According to Celiac.org, “Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine” (2016). This immediate damage can lead to other serious long term health issues. With health issues like this on the line, this is no diet preference.
Being diagnosed as Gluten Intolerant or Coeliac often involves an enormous learning curve. A severe form of Coeliac that also involves a skin reaction referred to as “DH,” means people have to be careful of gluten that is hidden away in ingredients other than food. If a member of your family is diagnosed its not just them that has to be careful you touch them they are around the things you use “What about your makeup? Is your lipstick gluten free?” What? Is my LIPSTICK gluten free? Who would have ever thought that makeup would have gluten in it! If you have Coeliac Disease, it’s important to examine all of the products in your home for hidden gluten. One area that can be tricky is your soaps and personal care items. Gluten can be hiding in soaps, shampoos, cosmetics, and even envelope glue. Crazy!
Transitioning to a gluten free lifestyle isn’t easy, especially since many people still don’t understand the disease. As someone who is gluten intolerant and has several friends with Coeliac Disease , here are 3 things I would like to share:
- As someone with an allergy – feel free to take charge and lead the way!! When it comes to going out to eat, I usually let my Coeliac friends choose because they have a better idea of what to be looking for in terms of gluten-free options. I’m more than happy to follow!
- If you invite someone with Coeliac to dinner, don’t hesitate to ask what is and isn’t safe for them to eat. It can be scary to cook for someone with a food allergy, but most people are more than happy to give you a few easy tips on what you can do to make the meal safe for them.
- Shop Norwex!! Did you know, the ENTIRE Norwex catalogue is gluten-free? People living with Coeliac Disease should take care to use gluten-free personal care products and detergents. It is so much easier to shop when you don’t have to read EVERY label! So check out Norwex!! My favorite products to recommend are the Body Cloths and the Makeup Removal Cloths.
Julie Hore Independent Norwex Sales Consultant
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