Coeliac Disease Not an Intolerence or Sensitivity
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Coeliac Disease – Not an intolerance or sensitivity

Being gluten free can be a real challenge for those who suffer with intolerances and sensitivities, but it can be even more serious for many. Coeliac disease is not an intolerance or allergy, it is serious auto immune response to gluten and affects one in 100 people.

For those who have Coeliac disease, when they eat gluten (found in wheat, rye and barley) their immune system attacks the digestive system, causing damage. This enables food particles to get through the lining of the gut and nutrients do not get fully absorbed. Common symptoms of this include: bloating, anaemia, diarrhoea, nausea and unexpected weight loss, however the symptoms can vary depending on severity of the individual case. Consuming oats can also be triggering for many.

If you are diagnosed with Coeliac disease, eating a gluten free diet will keep it under control but unfortunately it is a lifelong condition. Here I wanted to share a few experiences of people who suffer with Coeliac disease and how they manage with it.

Anonymous, aged 17yrs: “I was diagnosed at the age of 13 years old. I felt like I was going to struggle at first as I thought it would be really hard to find places to go out to eat with my friends (like McDonalds and KFC!). However, as time has gone on I have just got used to it, and try to think of it as something positive. Also, as there has been more awareness in recent years it’s getting easier and easier to get gluten free foods and meals, and it is no longer such a struggle”.

Marta, from Poland: “In Poland we have very popular gluten free grains: millet and buckwheat. You can buy them as flour, flakes (to use instead of oats) and as grains. I love pancakes made from sprouted buckwheat. I actually have a recipe on my Instagram @happybeets.marta somewhere. I had also Deliciously Ella’s first cookbook that was gluten free and she had great cookie recipes using buckwheat and almonds”.

Link to Deliciously Ella’s website: https://deliciouslyella.com/recipes/

Eleanor, England: “I made this gluten free bread and it’s the best I have ever had! My boyfriend tried some and said he wouldn’t even know it was gluten free if it was given to him as a sandwich. The downside is that I have to bake my own bread all the time!”

Photo by Eleanor

Link to recipe: www.glutenfreealchemist.com/gluten-free-vegan-bread-recipe

Anonymous, England: “I find it very frustrating that there are a growing number of vegan options in take-away chains but not gluten free. I understand veganism and fully support it but as a Coeliac I cannot always find food to go when I need it. I wish there were more options than we have at present”.

Emma, England: “People ask if I miss normal bread and normal foods but honestly I don’t. How can I miss foods which caused me extreme pain and discomfort? I do not associate them foods with pleasure so no, I do not miss them”.

These are just a few short stories from those who suffer with Coeliac Disease and how they manage with their diagnosis. Coeliac UK have a wide range of tips, cooking advice, recipes, and so much more on their website to help you along the way.

Note: Keep an eye out for more in depth stories coming this week, from the struggles of getting a diagnosis and the difficulties along the way.

This in celebration of gluten free community week to spread awareness and help others who may be suffering. Head to www.coeliac.org.uk for more information 🙂

Love, Nutrition and Cake x

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