Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy, in addition to causing an array of unpleasant and even life-threatening symptoms. The damage is due to a reaction to eating gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye, and oats that are not “pure”.

Sounds simple, right?  Well…it’s not.  It can be.  If you eat a raw food diet, or only freshly butchered meats, fresh fruits and veggies, and only fresh herbs for seasoning.  In this day and age?  Not so realistic.  Doable…I know there are many who do…but it’s not for everyone. That’s right, we even have to check that our spices aren’t contaminated with the evil GLUTEN!  It doesn’t stop there.  Even if you’re cooking at home, you need either stainless steel cookware, or to know that your non-stick frying pans and pots have not been tainted with the enemy.

Let’s face it, there’s a LOT to know.

My goal here is to help.  Moving  from Victoria- arguably one of the greatest places in Canada to be a Celiac- to Chilliwack… is a whole new challenge.  So, while some of my information will be specific to Chilliwack, as I try to increase the gluten-free friendliness of my surroundings…much of it will also be helpful to anyone with Celiac Disease.  I plan on including gluten-free product lists from major brands, money-saving tips, safe eating places, gluten-free company statements, recipes, and more!  Hopefully I can save you some time and energy…with Celiac Disease, there isn’t always a lot to spare!

**NEW UPDATE: Have a question?  Comment?  Want to share your story?  Want me to sample/review your gluten-free product?  PLEASE, email me at celiacsassy@gmail.com  I would LOVE to hear from you!!!**


2 Comments on “About”

  1. November 8, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    That’s a real bummer. I know a few people who have had surgery similar to that. I don’t believe it takes to long to recover. If there were bones involved than that might be a different story. the way you handle gluten is very similar to how you would handle not mix meat and dairy dishes. They would contaminate each other and make them void kosher wise. Gluten is in everything so be careful of salad dressings, soups, boxed products, seasonings and some gravies.

    • November 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

      It really is a “bummer” haha I know, the evils of gluten know no bounds…I can’t even have too many packaged “gluten-free” products in a day or I react. Mostly fresh fruit, veg, and meats for this gluten-free goddess!

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