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Celiac Disease Diet

The first step in creating a celiac disease diet plan is to know your options. In this article we’ll give you some key insight into recipes,  and go into depth on the types of items that are specifically not allowed. By the end of this article you’ll have a good idea of what you will need to create a celiac disease diet menu.

Celiac Disease Diet Recipes
There are many gluten-free recipe books available at your local bookstore or on Amazon. You can also find a great deal of wonderful recipes online. Pick a day a week to try new recipes (breakfasts, lunches, dinners and gluten free snacks) and before you know it you’ll have a recipe box full of new favorites.

What’s Not Allowed
Celiac disease diet restrictions are straightforward on the surface: avoid any products containing wheat, rye, barley. Essentially the rule is to avoid all gluten. On some levels this is easy because of the variety of foods that naturally do not contain gluten. Where it gets more complicated is when you want to eat out in a restaurant or you select processed foods at the supermarket.

Eating out presents its own unique challenges. Foods that you would not ordinarily associate with gluten – like steaks for example- may be prepared with gluten containing ingredients. A steak can be marinated in soy sauce, which contains wheat. The best bet when dining out is to either a) choose a gluten-free restaurant or b) discuss your needs with your server. In most cases, a clear and open conversation with your server is the easiest way. Most restaurants are happy to try to accommodate.

When shopping at the supermarket the best way to avoid gluten is to read labels. At first it will take some time to recognize what kinds of ingredients contain gluten. Any time you run across words like ‘starch’ or ‘malt’ or even ‘flour’, be aware that ingredient could be a gluten containing substance. Check with the manufacturer, or find a gluten-free version of the product to be on the safe side. Some foods do not have any gluten in them, but wheat is used in the manufacturing process. For example, chewing gum is often dusted with wheat to keep it from sticking to the wrapper.

The best way to avoid gluten, especially in the early stages of your gluten-free lifestyle is to do your own cooking and research products one by one until you have established a large list of foods that are safe. Some websites contain a great deal of information about what foods are safe and which are not and can be an extremely valuable resource.

Celiac Disease Symptoms

With gluten intolerance becoming more prevalent in the United States, many people are learning that intolerance and allergic reactions are not the only possible impact of gluten. Celiac disease impacts 1-2% of the population and can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated properly. In this article we’ll define celiac disease and discuss the symptoms of celiac disease as well as celiac disease diagnosis.

What is celiac disease?

Celiac disease is when an individual has an adverse reaction to ingesting gluten whereby the gluten causes damage to the small intestines leading to nutrient malabsorption.

What are the symptoms of celiac disease?

While there is no set list of symptoms that can be used to definitively diagnose celiac disease, there are some general symptoms that many suffering from the disease report. These symptoms include:

Abdominal pain
Gas
Diarrhea or constipation
Problems with nutrient absorption, including
Weight loss
Anemia
Weakness
Fatigue
Easily broken bones

In some individuals, a very itchy rash may develop which may be diagnosed as dermatitis herpetiformis which is a skin disease related to celiac disease and gluten intolerance.

Celiac disease diagnosis

Generally celiac disease is diagnosed in a three-step process.

1.Do a small intestine biopsy. This takes only a few minutes. Children are usually sedated, while adults typically do not need to be. If the biopsy reveals that the villi in the intestines are damaged, the process moves to step
2.Try a treatment plan consisting of a strict gluten-free diet for at least six months and then perform another biopsy. If the villi are healed proceed to step 3.
3.Reintroduce gluten for six months or longer and then do another biopsy. If the villi are damaged again then the diagnosis is complete. The recommended treatment plan is a gluten free diet for life.

It is important to note that not all doctors use the three step process. Many believe that step 1 is the only one that is needed. There are also blood tests that can be done to help diagnose the disease. Before having the biopsy it is important to eat normally – removing or reducing gluten or eating differently than you usually do can impact the results of the test.

If you think that you may be gluten intolerant or that you may have celiac disease, be sure to consult your physician. Testing is relatively straightforward and if you test positive your doctor will be able to assist you with a treatment plan.

Celiac Disease – What You Should Know

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with celiac disease, or if you have often wondered if you’re gluten intolerant, read on. Celiac disease is a widespread condition that impacts over 2% of the population. With symptoms that can mimic other gastroenterology disorders, it can be difficult to diagnose. In this article we’ll define the disease, cover some of the more common symptoms and give an overview of diet recommendations. By the end of the article you’ll have a better understanding of celiac disease and how it can be treated with a few dietary choices.

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is an inability to tolerate wheat protein – also known as gluten. When people with celiac disease consume gluten, an autoimmune response is triggered which can cause damage to the small intestines. Over time, this damage can cause the small intestines to no longer be able to absorb nutrients found in any food. The complications of this disease are very serious including malnutrition. This condition is found in both adults and children. Approximately 1 in 133 people have celiac disease but unfortunately very few of these people have been formally diagnosed.

Celiac Disease Symptoms

Common symptoms of celiac disease include weight loss, diarrhea and various nutritional malabsorption issues. Symptoms vary depending on the length of time that absorption of nutrients has been disrupted – with stronger symptoms showing in people who have had nutrients blocked for a longer period of time. Some people with celiac disease report no symptoms at all. Other physical symptoms can include fatigue, weakness, dry skin, night blindness, muscle cramping, cramping and bloating among things. Emotional and psychological symptoms can include irritability, inability to concentrate, depression and moodiness.

Celiac Disease Diet Recommendations

On the positive side, there is a way to combat this serious condition. Treatment does not require surgery, medication or regular doctor visits. The only known treatment is the complete elimination of gluten from the diet, generally known as a gluten free diet. Gluten is found in many common foods such as bread, pasta, cookies and baked goods – but it is also found in processed foods like cereals, french fries and even soy sauce. Even foods that come in contact with gluten but do not directly contain it are discouraged. By avoiding all gluten and carefully self-managing what is eaten Celiac disease will remain under control.

The good news is that there are non-gluten variations of many of your favorite foods. You can find or cook gluten free bread, gluten free pizza, and even gluten free pancakes, so you won’t have to go without yummy food when you go gluten free.

Celiac disease is a serious condition that can be life threatening. Fortunately, once diagnosed, treatment is easy to understand – if harder to implement. A major change in lifestyle is usually required but once done can restore health and well being.