How to sucessfully be a gluten-free guest during the holiday season without being exposed to gluten.
Tag: celiac 101
Having lived in Columbus for years with Celiac Disease, I am impressed with the gluten-free bakeries here. It’s so great that dedicate gluten-free bakeries have popped up because It’s important to have allies in the food world when you’re gluten-free.
This list of Gluten-Free Bakeries in Columbus is great for visitors or locals alike to add to their toolkits.
Gluten-Free Bakeries in Columbus
I think Columbus is a pretty “woke” if you will city, however, the dedicated gluten-free bakery scene is pretty slim. That might be because when it comes to competition, these places knock it right out of the ballpark!
If you’re in Bexley looking for a delectable gluten-free treat, you MUST stop here.
They offer a variety of delicious gluten-free, dye-free, and nut-free baked goods. If you’re looking for a place to get some safe breakfast or brunch, this is it!
Okay, I have yet to actually visit this dedicated gluten-free bakery yet (I know, I’m a monster) but I have had the pleasure of trying some of their products as I come across them in coffee shops scattered across Columbus. Let me just say, if you run into their products, do yourself a favor and buy one to try because seriously guys, their stuff is amazing. I particularly love their Oatmeal Cream Pie cookie.
While I have yet to try this specific bakery, I love the concept and definitely will be stopping in to try them out soon. I thought I’d list them in case you’re in the area. This bakery sells gluten-free baked goods made by bakers with autism. Food for Good Thought gives employment to those with autism to help them learn life skills. They also offer a variety of other transition and educational services.
Rest assured, when you’re buying a baked good from Food for Good Thought you are not only nourishing your body but you’re supporting a noble cause!
While not a dedicated gluten-free bakery per se, they do have some pretty amazing reactions. I’ve never had a reaction here (and I’ll be honest I am a pretty sensitive gal) if that helps you make up your mind. Their Parisian macarons are all gluten-free and delicious (I highly recommend them) and their flourless tortes are absolutely worth a trip to one of their cafes. Additionally, when dining here for brunch, I have received nothing but fabulous customer service and accommodations to my allergies.
Do you struggle with finding safe places to eat when traveling to new areas? Are you constantly hunting for safe snacks at the gas station or airport on those long trips? Endure the struggles no more because I am going to share with you my top tips on traveling gluten-free.
This post is going to be a lot different from my other posts. It’s going to be somewhat informal and it’s going to be a very personal and very real post. Learn about the lessons I learned, the diet philosophies I adopted, the symptoms I endure, the frustrations I have, and why I ultimately don’t hate having celiac disease.
I’m not following a fad diet – Celiac disease 101
Hi, my name is Tayler Silfverduk and some of you may or may not know that I have celiac disease. This diagnosis means I’m not following a fad diet by eating gluten-free. No, I am following a medically prescribed diet that helps ensure that I stay healthy.
This is true for anyone else with celiac disease. Someone following a gluten-free diet due to a diagnosis of Celiac disease is not following the diet because it’s a fad diet. Going gluten-free will not be a temporary change for them. This isn’t one of those diets where they follow it strictly for a few months and then fall off the wagon and can return to normal eating. No, a gluten-free diet is a medically prescribed diet for those diagnosed with celiac disease. They have to follow this diet for the rest of their lives. It’s serious and deserves support.
What is Celiac Disease:
Reminder, it’s not a fad diet! Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease diagnosed after someone undergoes a series of serious tests. It’s when someone’s body literally attacks itself after consuming gluten. Hence, celiac disease is deemed an autoimmune disease.
What happens to the body when someone with Celiac eats gluten?
Like mentioned above, when someone eats gluten, the body attacks itself. While no, someone with celiac disease won’t fall over dead immediately after consuming gluten, their bodies can endure irreparable damage that can lead to the development of serious conditions and possibly death.
Damage is done to the lining of the small intestine when someone with celiac disease eats gluten. The lining of the small intestine is lined with finger-like projections called villi. Villi help increase the surface area of the small intestine and thus, promote nutrient absorption. When someone with celiac disease eats gluten, the body launches an immune response that attacks the villi of the small intestine. Remember, the Villi aid in absorption so when they are damaged it can cause malabsorption of nutrients in the small intestine and thus, it can lead to nutrient deficiency.
Outward symptoms of eating gluten with Celiac Disease:
While everyone with celiac disease experiences damage to their small intestinal villi when eating gluten, the outward symptoms are not all the same. This isn’t a pretty disease guys, some of this can get gross. Some people have no symptoms and some people have more symptoms than they care to mention but here is a list of some common ones:
- Pain in the abdomen (stomach)
- Canker sores
How to prevent permanent damage and symptoms?
People with Celiac disease must eat a gluten-free diet to minimize/eliminate symptoms and prevent permanent damage to their small intestine. There is no way around eating gluten-free with celiac disease. Eating gluten-free foods is important and so is making sure foods aren’t cross-contaminated. Cross-contamination can be something as minuscule as you eating a sandwich and not washing your hands before preparing a salad for someone with celiac disease. This means at group gatherings, don’t use the same serving utensils for the wheat pasta and the gluten-free pasta.
Someone diagnosed with celiac disease is not following a gluten-free diet temporarily. Doctors medically prescribe a gluten-free diet for people with celiac disease. People with Celiac must follow this medically prescribed diet for the rest of their lives to prevent serious complications.
To reiterate in applications related to me. I’m not following a fad diet, I am following a life-long medically prescribed diet in order to prevent irreparable damage to my body.