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Celiac Awareness Month Prompts 2021

Celiac Awareness Month Prompts 2021

celebrate celiac awareness month with celiac dietitian Tayler Silfverduk

Supplements for Celiac Disease

Supplements for Celiac Disease

When you have celiac disease, you are at risk for several nutrient deficiencies as you are healing your gut from gluten damage (which can take upwards of 1-2 years). Here are 10 supplements for celiac disease.

Being a Gluten-Free Guest During the Holiday Season

Being a Gluten-Free Guest During the Holiday Season

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When I was diagnosed with celiac disease, the holidays became a stressful time for me. I was surrounded by family who was a mix of either clueless, supportive, or skeptical of my dietary needs. It made eating safely difficult. In the very beginning, I didn’t know how to adapt. I sometimes resorted to just not eating until I got home. This left me feeling isolated. Part of socializing with your loved ones is so very much centered around sharing a meal with them. So here are my top tips for being a gluten-free guest during the holiday season. Hopefully, they will help alleviate some of your worries and stress over the holiday season!

1

Communicate with the Host

First off, talk with the host about your dietary needs. See if they are willing to make any accommodations and if they’d like help planning the event. Depending on how close the host is to you, this can be a huge game changer. If they are open to accommodating and accepting your help, suggest safe recipes for the even. You can also offer to assist them with preparation! Both of these things will help you prevent cross-contamination and ensure that there are safe dishes. If they aren’t open to help, if anything, you can use this time to let them know you’ll bring your own dish/es so you know that you’ll have something safe to eat! (Letting your hosts know you are bringing your own dishes can help prevent people from feeling offended when you arrive and only eat your own food).

2

Bring your own dish

The best way to know you’ll have something safe to eat is to bring your own dish! I do this almost everytime I go to an event. It ensures I can be a part of the party! On that note, I also am also sure to bring my own dessert and snacks to make sure I am not left out in any part of the experience. I’ve been known to bring my own chips and salsa, dairy-free and gluten-free ice cream, etc.

3

Stay Strong & Say No

This is probably the hardest tip to abide by. Don’t worry, I’ve been there. I’ve been mean-mugged by someone’s grandma for not touching my mac and cheese. Sorry not sorry, I’m not going to poison myself to satisfy someone’s ego. As hard as it might be, just say no. Try to explain the situation and stick to your guns. There will be things you won’t be able to eat because of cross-contamination. It is almost an inevitable sucker that will ruin certain dishes for you so just come to peace with respectfully saying no. (No matter how hard your aunt pressures you to try her newest recipe!). This goes for all the dishes you are unsure about. Stay on the safe side and just say no.

4

Say Thank You

Be sure you thank your host profusely for accommodating your needs. Let them know you appreciate everything they did. If you’re able to identify specific things that they did, try to bring those up! It will help them know you saw them, and it will help them know what will be helpful in the future. You might also help them with clean-up (if they allow) to show your thanks.
Other Tips For Being a Gluten-Free Guest During the Holiday Season
If any meal is served buffet style, make sure you are first to go through the line. Communicate with the host that your needs require you to go first in order to limit accidental cross-contamination! If the host is making an effort to prepare GF dishes, ask if they can be set up at a different table for serving. Are you hosting a gluten-free holidays? Check out these tips!  

Being a Gluten-Free Guest During the Holiday Season

When I was diagnosed with celiac disease, the holidays became a stressful time for me. I was surrounded by family who was a mix of either clueless, supportive, or skeptical of my dietary needs. It made eating safely difficult and stressful.

In the very beginning, I didn’t know how to adapt. I sometimes resorted to just not eating until I got home.

This left me feeling isolated. Part of socializing with your loved ones is centered around sharing a meal with them.

So here are my top tips for being a gluten-free guest during the holiday season. Hopefully, they will help alleviate some of your worries and stress over the holiday season!

tips on being a gluten-free guest during the holidays

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1. Communicate with the host

First off, talk with the host about your dietary needs. See if they are willing to make any accommodations and if they’d like help planning the event. Depending on how close the host is to you, this can be a huge game changer.

If they are open to accommodating and accepting your help, suggest safe recipes for the event. You can also offer to assist them with preparation! Both of these things will help you prevent cross-contact and ensure that there are safe dishes.

If they aren’t open to help, you might ask that they safe ingredient labels for you to review (a simple picture of them can be enough)

And if anything, you can use this time to let them know you’ll bring your own dish/es so you know that you’ll have something safe to eat!

(Letting your hosts know you are bringing your own dishes can help prevent people from feeling offended when you arrive and only eat your own food).

Which leads to me to my next tip for being a gluten-free guest during the holidays

2. Bring your own dish

The best way to know you’ll have something safe to eat is to bring your own dish!

I do this almost everytime I go to an event. It ensures I can be a part of the party!

On that note, I also make sure to bring my own dessert and snacks to make sure I am not left out in any part of the experience.

I’ve been known to bring my own chips and salsa, ice cream, cookies and more.

3. Get comfortable with saying "no"

This is probably the hardest tip to abide by. Don’t worry, I’ve been there. I’ve been mean-mugged by someone’s grandma for not touching my mac and cheese.

Sorry not sorry, I’m not going to cause harm to myself to satisfy someone’s ego.

As hard as it might be, just say no.

There will be things you won’t be able to eat because of cross-contact. It is almost inevitable that it will ruin certain dishes for you so just come to peace with respectfully saying no (no matter how hard your aunt pressures you to try her newest recipe!).

This goes for all the dishes you are unsure about. Stay on the safe side and just say no.

4. SAy "Thank you"

Be sure you thank your host profusely for accommodating your needs.

Let them know you appreciate everything they did. If you’re able to identify specific things that they did, try to bring those up! It will help them know you saw them, and it will help them know what will be helpful in the future.

You might also help them with clean-up (if they allow) to show your thanks.

On this note, if things didn’t go entirely to plan, don’t burn any bridges yet. Thank people for trying to accommodate you and keep trying to nurture their support. Just like it will/has taken you time to learn the ropes of living gluten-free, it’s going to take them time too.

Other Tips For Being a Gluten-Free Guest During the Holiday Season

If any meal is served buffet style, make sure you are first to go through the line. Communicate with the host that your needs require you to go first in order to limit accidental cross-contamination!

If the host is making an effort to prepare GF dishes, ask if they can prepare the gluten-free food before the gluten-filled food and if the gluten-free food can be set up at a different table for serving.

Are you hosting a gluten-free holidays? Check out these tips!

p.s. I dedicate an entire section of the Celiac Disease Wellness Journal to helping your map our and plan the holidays to feel safer. Check it out if you need more guidance.

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Tips on Recovering From Being Glutened

Tips on Recovering From Being Glutened

being exposed to gluten sucks. The symptoms are painful, uncomfortable, and impact everyday life. However, there are some things that are can help. Here are my top tips on recovering from being glutened.

Gluten-Free Bakeries in Columbus

Gluten-Free Bakeries in Columbus

Having lived in Ohio’s capital for years with Celiac, I can say I am thoroughly impressed with the gluten-free bakery scene here. If you’re a Columbus local looking to explore your options or you’re a visitor looking for some allies, this list of Gluten-free Bakeries in Columbus is great to add to your toolkit.

Tried and True Tips on Traveling Gluten-Free

Tried and True Tips on Traveling Gluten-Free

Tips on Traveling Gluten-Free

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? I get it, I do. Thinking about traveling to a new place brings on an entirely new level of stress. However, having been gluten-free for 7+ years now, I have learned a few tricks of the trade when it comes to traveling safely. I am going to share with you my top tips on traveling gluten-free and hopefully, some of these tips can help bring you some peace of mind when planning your next trip!

Tried and True Tips on Traveling Gluten-Free - Tayler Silfverduk -

1. Whatever you do, pack GOOD snacks

Snacks are important when traveling gluten-free. Whether you suddenly find yourself starving on the airplane or lucking out at the gas station you stopped at, having a good back up plan is vital. Making sure you have safe snacks with you that you actually want to eat can be the difference between you getting glutened (or alternatively going hungry) and you being safe from the terrors of gluten exposure. When I stayed in New Orleans for a few days, I made sure to bring a few Larabar Bars. I wanted to make sure I had back up snacks for when finding food got tough (or for when I just needed to munch on something).

*Make sure you keep a few of these safe snacks in your carry-on if your flying, just to reduce the risk of them getting lost!

2. Scout ahead of time

Before you even arrive, make sure you have at least 3 gluten-free-friendly accessible restaurants to go to in case you need to make a decision in rush. I made the mistake of not doing this during my last trip and I found myself in a world of hurt when I arrived 3 hours after I had anticipated and was desperate to find real food to put in my tummy.

3. Get a hotel room or rent a room from Airbnb with a FULL kitchen

Yeah, yeah, I get it. You’re on vacation and you want to relax and enjoy the convenience of having food be made for you. However, sometimes the list of safe places to eat is slim and the best option is to prepare your meals from home. However, that doesn’t mean you don’t get to enjoy the commodities of vacation! I use traveling as an excuse to buy all of the pre-prepared gluten-free items I’ve never tried. Which leads me to my next tip:

4. Find a good nearby grocery store

If you’re getting a full kitchen where you stay, you might as well have food to cook in it! If you’re traveling far enough that your local grocery chain might not be present, make sure you scout ahead of time to find the best grocery store that will provide you with the widest variety of gluten-free items. Most stores do a decent job nowadays so it shouldn’t be too hard.

5. Pack spices

If you’re going the cooking from your room route, make sure you pack seasonings too. It’s a waste to invest in a new set of spices but packing a long a good set of versatile spices in a few plastic baggies (or small jars if you’re trying to be more conscious of your waste) can be helpful in making sure you enjoy your food on your trip!

6. When in doubt, eat at ethnic restaurants

You have a higher change of foods being naturally gluten-free at ethnic restaurants than you do at typical American eateries. My go-to restaurants are Mexican and Indian restaurants. I am fairly familiar with the traditionally gluten-free dishes and always ask for verify before ordering. For example, a lot of Mexican restaurants use corn chip and corn tortilla which opens up a huge variety of foods to eat! Being familiar with the dishes from other cultural cuisines that are gluten-free can be a lifesaver.

7. Last but not least: bring those nerdy gluten-free allergy cards with you

Yeah I know, who wants to hand someone a card explaining the severity of your allergies to someone. I get it. I hate being that customer too but in all reality, I have the best outcomes when I do this. Seriously, guys, my chances of getting glutened after doing this seem to be lower than if I don’t. Maybe because it really communicates the severity of my condition or it’s a physical reminder of my condition, but my food tends to be safer when I do this. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Allergy cards are as simple as a piece of paper that you ask your waitress to hand to the chef/cook. It states you have an allergy to gluten and that your food needs extra care.

If you have any other tips on traveling gluten-free, I urge you to share them with me in the comment section down below!

Fluffiest Gluten-Free Waffle Recipe

Fluffiest Gluten-Free Waffle Recipe

Ingredients:
2 cups GF All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup milk
3 eggs
1 tbsp baking powder
1 pinch of salt
1 tsp sugar

My Personal Experience with Celiac Disease

My Personal Experience with Celiac Disease

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.

Simple Gluten Free Granola

Simple Gluten Free Granola

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Simple Gluten-Free Granola Recipe

I have celiac disease (are you sick of me announcing this yet?) and that means a lot of things but most importantly it means I make a lot of things from scratch.

So let’s talk about the elephant in the room, are oats really safe for people with celiac disease?

It depends on your sensitivity and what kinds of oats you buy. The problem with oats is that while yes, they are naturally gluten-free, they are often grown in the same soil and processed on the same equipment as wheat. This can cause cross-contamination and perhaps a wheat kernel to end up in your huge container of store brand oats.

For oats to be certified gluten-free they just have to be tested by parts per million (ppm). If the oats meet the requirements, they are certified gluten-free, but that does not mean they are entirely gluten-free.

If you want to be extra safe with your oats, you can buy what is called Purity Protocol Oats. Now, these oats are expensive but they are grown on land that has never grown wheat and processed on equipment that does not process gluten-containing ingredients. They are the gold standard for gluten-free folk.

So basically, I play it extremely safe when I can and thus, I like to make my own gluten-free foods to ensure they meet my gluten-free standards. Plus, self-prepared meals are always better than the pre-packaged and processed counterparts. I really think there is something to making things with love for other people and or for yourself.

There is a reason why self-care and self-compassion are going viral on social media. So take care of yourself and make yourself this granola. This Simple Gluten-Free Granola recipe is promised to knock your granola loving socks off! It’s packed full of plant-based proteins and complex carbohydrates that will provide you with a hearty and filling meal or snack.

Learn more about the powerful and underestimated benefits of eating oats here!


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5 from 1 vote

Simple Gluten Free Granola

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast, Main Dish, Snacks
Cuisine: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan / Plantbased
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oats (gluten free)
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts
  • 1/4 cup Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit
  • Combine together all of the dry ingredients into 1 large mixing bowl and mix well
  • Add in the melted coconut oil and honey to the bowl and mix well. (Give yourself permission to use your hands as it will help things go way faster!)
  • Spread the well-mixed mixture evenly accross a parchment paper lined baking tray
  • Baked the mixture at 350 degrees fahrenheit for 18-20 minutes (making sure to stir it half-way through)
  • When edges are golden brown, remove from oven and allow to cool completely (this will allow granola chunks to form)
  • After the granola has cooled completely, transfer it to an air-tight container and store it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Warning: this Simple Gluten-Free Granola recipe is so delicious that portioning it out is recommended (seriously, this stuff didn't last more than 3 days the first time I made it). Granola is some nutrient and calorie dense stuff, so make sure you're not having more than a serving!
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