Practical Suggestions for Celiac Patients

Here are five simple, practical suggestions for celiac patients:

  • DO NOT stop eating gluten until you have gone to the doctor, even if you think you have celiac. This may sound a bit counter-intuitive, but actually, it’s extremely important. The way that the doctor tests for celiac is by checking your blood to see if you’ve developed antibodies to the gluten you’ve been eating. If you stop eating gluten, the doctor probably will not find antibodies in your blood stream, thus impeding his ability to properly diagnose you.
  • Start talking to people who have celiac disease, so that you can learn more about coping strategies, swap stories, and share tips with one another.
  • Log onto the internet – there is a huge wealth of information available to you there. All sorts of practical tips, guides, suggestions etc.
  • Buy a cookbook. There are all sorts of yummy, gluten free recipes available out there. There’s no need for celiac disease to limit you, if anything it should serve as a motivator to expand your current repertoire. So get set up in your kitchen, and let those creative juices flow!
  • Visit your local health food store. They will have gluten free alternatives to some of your favorite foods. For example, gluten free pasta, crackers and cookies, rice or soy crackers, and bread made from soy flour to name a few possibilities. Start looking around and don’t be afraid to try things out. Learn more about which foods you like, and which ones you don’t! Original source:

There is a lot of information out there and sorting through it can be a daunting task. I like to read people’s personal experiences because most celiac patients are honest about what works for them and what doesn’t. Every celiac patient is different and their body can react in different ways than others. It’s all about finding out what will work for you. Trial and error is what will get you on the right track, just don’t give up!

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