Living with celiac disease!

Living with celiac diseaseCeliac disease is a chronic digestive disorder triggered by gluten that causes damage to the lining of the small intestine. It can lead to the malabsorption of minerals and nutrients as well as digestive issues. Gluten is a family of proteins that can be found in wheat, barley, rye, and some oats.  Symptoms of celiac disease can range from diarrhea, weight loss, and malnutrition, to underlying symptoms such as isolated nutrient deficiencies but no gastrointestinal symptoms.

In most individuals, a gluten free diet will result in reduced symptoms within weeks. Many individuals report symptom improvement within the first 48 hours.  If you have been diagnosed with celiac disease, you need to avoid any foods containing the following:

Wheat, wheat berries, wheat bran, wheat germ, wheatgrass, rye, rye flour, pumpernickel flour, barley, barley malt, barley flour, oats, oatmeal, oat flour, flour (including instant, bread, cake, graham, and all-purpose flours).  Flours made from safe grains (such as corn flour, millet flour, and rice flour) are safe to eat.

Here are some great gluten free recipes that are tasty and easy!

Artichoke & Asparagus Salad

Ingredients

Soak the sliced shallots in the lemon juice prior to starting the rest of the salad.  Preheat the oven to 400°F to roast the asparagus. Coat the asparagus spears with 1 Tbsp of olive oil and salt. Place them in a single layer on a foil-lined roasting pan and cook for 8-10 minutes until tender and lightly brown.  You can also grill the asparagus in you would prefer.  Cut the asparagus and add it to the remaining ingredients into a large bowl. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Moroccan Grilled Chicken Breasts

Ingredients

Mix the marinade ingredients (yogurt, cilantro, olive oil, garlic, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper) in a medium sized bowl. Add the chicken pieces to the bowl and thoroughly coat with the marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator from at least six hours.  Grill the chicken breasts a few minutes on each side until cooked to your liking.

Citrus Pork over Egg Noodles

Ingredients

In a small bowl combine the cumin, salt and pepper and then toss in pork to coat.  In a large skillet heat oil over medium high heat and then add the pork and garlic and sauté until browned. In a small bowl blend the broth, orange juice, vinegar, and brown sugar. Save 1/4 cup of the broth mixture to blend with the corn starch. Pour the rest of the mixture intp skillet with the pork and garlic and add in the carrots. Bring to a boil and then reduce to medium heat. Cook for 7-8 minutes.  Blend the corn starch into reserved broth mixture and pour the corn starch mixture into the skillet to thicken the sauce (stirring constantly). Add the green onions and the noodles, toss then serve.

Celiac disease is unpleasant, but fortunately there are healthy and yummy gluten free options available that should reduce the painful symptoms.  By adjusting your diet you can avoid all of the embarrassing and uncomfortable while still enjoying your life.

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