Thursday, May 1, 2014

Welcome to May! It's Celiac Awareness Month

It's been a few weeks since I've posted anything new here, but that's not because I haven't been reading! April was an incredibly busy month, and while I always find time to read before bed, blogging hasn't always been front of mind. That doesn't mean I don't have plenty of books to review, and I'm already in the middle of several reviews!

May is an important month at my house, because it's Celiac Awareness Month. My son is gluten free, and I think it's important to spread the word that not everyone who is gluten free is buying into the Gluten Free trend, but that there are many, many people who must live gluten free for their health. My son is one of those people.

When he eats anything with gluten (and  that includes even eating something with a few crumbs of gluten), he gets incredibly sick. Rashes, diarrhea, stomach cramps, weight loss, dehydration, vitamin deficiencies, and more are all symptoms he suffers whenever he's accidentally fed something with gluten.

My gluten free superhero
I know that it's trendy and fun to make fun of gluten free, but as the mother of a little boy (he's 5) who becomes extremely ill from gluten, my job this month is to make sure to spread the word about Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity.

These are REAL medical conditions, not figments of the imagination and not new diet trends. I can say with all honesty that it breaks my heart when my son feels left out from something because he can't eat what's being served. It's no fun for a 5 year old to bring his own food to a friend's birthday party, or have to ask if something's safe every time he wants to try something new.

Since going gluten free, his health has improved dramatically, but he's still more susceptible to getting sick than the average kid, and is frequently home from school. He also takes longer to get better, with simple colds that only last a few days in his brother lasting 1-2 weeks in him. Gluten free living is a medical necessity for him, and a way of life that will outlast the current fascination with gluten free food.

If you're curious about Celiac disease or think that you might have some of the over 100 symptoms of the disease, please speak with your doctor, do some of your own research, and take control of your health. There are some great resources out there, including the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness or the Canadian Celiac Association.

If you're interested in learning more about my family, I also blog at Celiac Baby! My mission is to help others make gluten free living their new normal, and I offer free 30 minute phone consultations to offer one on one support to those adjusting to a gluten free lifestyle or supporting a child who is gluten free. If you're looking for meal plans, recipes, product reviews, or just want to learn more, please visit my site and send me a message to say hello!

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