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It has been a couple days after my son Graham’s doctor’s appointment and I have not quite yet wrapped my head around the idea that I need to learn about non-celiac gluten sensitivity and what it means to eat gluten free.

Where do I begin? What do I need to know? What should I research about?

I am trying to think back on what key words the doctor kept mentioning: Celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, gluten and gluten-free. Like many moms I began to research the internet like crazy to find trustworthy information that could help me.

 

I am about to throw a whole bunch of information at you, but look at it this way, it might help you cut down on your own research if you are in this exact situation as me!

 

What is Celiac Disease?

A serious, genetic autoimmune disorder triggered by consuming gluten. If a person with Celiac disease eats gluten, the protein interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food by damaging the villi-part of the small intestine. This can lead to malnourishment and a host of other problems including cancers, thyroid disease, Osteoporosis, infertility and an onset of other autoimmune diseases.

 

Celiac Symptoms

Chronic diarrhea or constipation

Abdominal pain

Vomiting

Bloating and gas

Fatigue

Damaged or discolored tooth enamel

Skin rashes

Iron deficiency anemia

Decreased appetite

Delayed growth

Failure to thrive

Irritability

 

What is Non-Celiac Sensitivity?

Also known as gluten sensitivity, it is individuals who cannot tolerate gluten and experience symptoms similar to those with Celiac disease, but lack the same antibodies and intestinal damage as seen in Celiac disease. Gluten sensitivity is not as severe as Celiac disease.

 

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a storage protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Gluten can also be found in a derivative of wheat, barley and rye grains like malt and brewer’s yeast. Gluten gives dough its elasticity, acting like glue, giving bread that classic chewy, soft texture.

 

What is Gluten-Free?

Gluten-free means to exclude all products containing wheat, barley and rye ingredients from your diet.

 

Wow! All of a sudden I feel a little overwhelmed. BUT it is OK to have hard days and feel stressed.

Motherhood is hard.

It is moments like these when it is great to take a little time to yourself, usually in the bathroom (ha-ha), to talk to God and spill out your emotions. I always feel better talking with God knowing he is always listening.

Tomorrow is another day.

I hope you start tomorrow off in the right mindset.

And just remember in hard things often come good things.

 

To learn more about Celiac Disease and eating gluten free visit https://celiac.org/gluten-free-living.

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