Back in May, we celebrated National Celiac Awareness Month. Contrary to popular belief, Celiac’s disease is not a food allergy but an autoimmune disease. People with Celiac’s disease have problems digesting gluten, which is the protein found in wheat products. Up until recently, most people were unaware ore poorly informed of Celiac’s disease, which is why the autoimmune disease has often gone undetected for so long. Many people are under the impression that the gluten-free lifestyle can be challenging, however, has some ways in which you can make this transition into a new diet easier while educating others about gluten sensitivity and gluten intolerance.

  • Have a gluten-free party! – Not sure how to go about showing your friends that the food you eat is delicious and actually delicious? Try throwing a get-together for your closest friends and family and cook a gluten-free meal. Serve a variety of gluten-free dishes and really show your guests that the food can be tasty (Hint: check out our Pinterest page for plenty of great gluten-free recipes!)
  • Educate – Not sure on how to make Celiac’s a well-known disease throughout the community? Look in the paper. One of the greatest ways you can educate others about your disease is to set up a booth at a health fair or to offer to speak to local community groups. Have some pamphlets ready with information about gluten-free living, how you can get tested, and maybe even a sample of some tasty gluten-free treats.
  • Encourage others to switch – If a friend or family member is experiencing GI problems, encourage them to be tested for Celiac’s disease or make the switch to a gluten-free diet. Often, we’ve found that many common health issues become reduced or disappear once you’ve switched to a gluten-free lifestyle.

Have more tips on educating the community and yourself about Celiac’s disease? Leave us a comment!