My Coeliac Awareness Week 2015 top 5 roundup

This week is Coeliac Awareness Week, 11th- 17th May, and everyone is blogging about it. Just visit twitter and search for #CoeliacUKAwarenessWeek. Now since I don’t have coeliac disease I thought I’d share the best blogs that I’ve seen from my favourite coeliac bloggers. If I’ve missed your blog off the list please email me or add a comment – it means I’m not following your blog yet so don’t be shy. Share the coeliac loving.Is it Coeliac disease? Coeliac awareness week

We do have a lot in common, they and I. Whilst I have lots of allergies, one of them is an allergy to wheat which gives me reactions very similar to those that many people with coeliac disease get to gluten. I won’t go into details but let’s just say I am just coming back out of a particularly nasty ‘wheating’ caused probably by rather tasty but ill-advised-and-not-checked-for-wheat-chips. So don’t feel sorry for me, I should know better!

So for all you gluten free eaters and coeliacs out there, read these:

  1. From Wuthering BitesSponge: Gluten free review – I promise you pictures of cake, this blog post will make you feel hungry.
  2. Gluten Free B with a twist on gluten free, discussing the link between gluten free and health and lifestyle choices – Coeliac Awareness Week: Top 4 Myths About Gluten. She dispels some commonly held myths about going gluten free such as ‘gluten free is bad for you’ – sorry folks, that isn’t always the case. Read this to find out more…
  3. The FreeFromFairy blogs this week about Bringing up a coeliac child. She shares some wise words of her own and some from her little one who already has a very positive outlook on dealing with her condition. She is one of the lucky ones to have had an early diagnosis but many suffer for years before finding out they are a coeliac.
  4. Deliciously Ella writes in the Daily Telegraph about How to go gluten free.
  5. KNORR gluten free gravy is also calling for chefs to join Thunderclap campaign – knorr gluten free gravy coeliac disease and raise funds for Coeliac UK Awareness Week.

Coeliac disease facts at a glance

Coeliac UK believes that about 500,000 people in the UK are living with undiagnosed coeliac disease without realising it. There are a range of symptoms including constant mouth ulcers, crippling fatigue, stomach pain, regular bouts of diarrhoea, anaemia and weight loss. If you suffer from these or other unexplained symptoms, take the assessment and see if you are at risk of coeliac disease. Before you visit the ‘Is it coeliac disease’ website be warned – there is a horrible photo of a lady with quite shocking mouth ulcers… urgh! www.isitcoeliacdisease.org

And finally, not about Coeliac Awareness Week but a great read for any coeliacs out there, Sue’s Coeliac Diary on the Foods Matter website is packed full of funny observations, experiences and learnings of living gluten free, traveling and being a foodie.

So are you going gluten free? Do you believe it’s a healthier choice? or are you a coeliac? How long did it take you to get a diagnosis?

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Ruth works freelance as a copywriter and writes the What Allergy blog to share information with people who have allergies, eczema, asthma and food intolerances. http://www.whatallergy.com was voted in the top 5 allergy blogs and Ruth also judges regularly for the FreeFrom Food Awards and FreeFrom Skincare Awards. She also won the Foods You Can People's choice Best FreeFrom blogger award 2014.

Comments

  1. Yup, my son has an anaphylactic wheat allergy and the growing awareness of and availability of food for coeliacs is a big help for us. So we celebrate Coeliac Awareness Week by proxy in our house! Looking forward to catching up soon. PS The maths question to prove I’m not a bot in your comment section was quite difficult today. I actually had to stop and work it out. More MENSA then Captcha 🙂

    • Me too, re the wheat allergy although I get more IBS symptoms as it’s quite a mild allergy. It went undiagnosed for years until recently and since it’s not like my other anaphylactic allergies I just never thought I could be allergic to yet another food. But when I eat wheat now I’m in agony, it’s not just regular common IBS it’s brutal. Avoidance is the only way so gluten free food growth has really helped, although I’m not great with much processed foods even if they’re freefrom. And beware the gluten free foods what have gluten free wheat starch added back in.

      Oh the horrible maths questions regularly gets me too. I wish I could do away with it but sadly so many spammers are trying to wreck my blog so it has to be that way. 😉

  2. I have this on daily bases with customers allergic to gluten/wheat and are absolutely terrified to even try something. I have to assure them it is me who bakes it from the scratch,with extra care.That I know what ingredient is in what,why etc… 90% of my ingredients are organic,free range eggs were possible….explain what I used instead of such a such,what GF flours I am using etc… After they try they usually come back for more as they have not been sick. One lady today told me,she can not have many things from the supermarket as they are using lots of stabilisers and chemicals she is allergic to it too. Thanks to me she can eat anything in my shop and not get violently sick. Another lady came to me complaining at her boyfriend that he though it is all in her mind and he cooked her dinner but did not tell her it is ordinary dinner,nothing free from. few minutes after she has eaten the dinner she became very ill and stayed that way for 3 days! He told her it is just in her head and get on with that! Lucky she had all her senses separate from her soul and broke up with him. I think I would kill him at this point 😉

    • I think I would kill him too! What an a**e! Thanks so much for the comment, and if anyone doesn’t know about Lucia’s lovely freefrom cafe in Chesham, Bucks, they should check out The Perfect Retreat – http://www.the-perfect-retreat.co.uk/ Lucia I will visit soon and phone before hand to order some of your amazing gluten and dairy free sausage rolls. Lovely to hear from you 🙂

  3. Sorry I have been rather busy at home end with Vanesa’s exams and working on new low carb sugar free/low GI cakes and savouries and window displays etc… I have chocolate GF/DF roulade and it always disappear faster than I can bake it :-). People love it. Or vanilla roulade with coconut yogurt blended with fresh strawberries instead of fresh cream. Also very refreshing taste. Sometimes people are shocked that they actually have a choice of what they can eat :-). I had one lady today that bought flapjack full of organic dried fruit and left. 10 minutes later she came back that she simply “Needs” another flapjack as one is not enough. She told me that my ones are the best! Well,not loaded with sugar,only bit more golden sirup in it but still just just to sweeten it up,not overdone it. Hoping to get my ice box connected by the weekend for smoothies and frappes also in Diary free option. But the endless arguing with companies that want to sell me their drinks and “milkshakes” that have nothing to do with milk are truly irritating. I keep the;ling them I am very careful with what I use were and use something I have no idea what is in is in apart tons of sugar is not an option. Sadly they don’t understand “NO” as an answer so I am writing manager of the company that bullying is illegal in this country. I am on mind field in here with all those allergies. This is dangerous zone but what do they know? Nothing,just want to sell their products. I do keep an eye on your blog,not to worry,just had no time to reply. :-(. Oh when people are asking me were to find out what to do and were to eat as an allergic person,I always point out your blog. Keep telling people it is the best source of information they can not get anywhere else! Also brilliant discussion were nobody is yelling at anyone or being chewed up :-). I have some tickets for the show some time already,I can’t wait! 🙂
    Wenewher you will decide to come,looking forward to it. It’s been a while 🙂

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