Coffee and Gluten Sensitivity

So my mom (also a Celiac) is a manager of a Starbucks Coffee, and we love it very much. Before she was the manager we would go to Starbucks after a bad day, for a nice pick me up! We always have coffee and tea in the house and start everyday off with a nice cup of coffee. While researching Celiac disease information for this week, I came across information about how coffee can actually be bad for people with Celiac.

Studies have actually shown that coffee is one of the most cross-reactive foods in gluten sensitive individuals. This means that coffee not only triggers the same extended inflammation and autoimmune response as grains containing gluten but actually has more worsening effects on your body. While coffee is acidic, it affects your stomach pH and  minerals from  our bones, it also triggers excess stress hormones to be released, increasing the inflammation in your small intestines. You will know inflammation by signs of heat, swelling, redness, and pain.

These findings are pretty disheartening to people like me and my family who find coffee a part of our daily lives; yet eating and drinking such things may not support our disease, they do help people understand the seriousness of gluten-sensitivity and the importance of experimenting with gluten-free recipes.

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Celiac Disease and Pregnancy

I found some interesting information about women throughout pregnancy, it is rather informational about concerns most women with Celiac might have during pregnancy…

Women who have Celiac disease may have a greater issue with infertility that is unspecified, compared to women who do not have the disease. Though being on a gluten free diet is helpful in achieving a pregnancy, for anyone with or without the disease.

If you know that you have Celiac disease and are pregnant, you will need to maintain the gluten free diet to avoid complications of pregnancy, not only for you but your baby as well.

If you have not been diagnosed with Celiac disease but you have experienced unexplained miscarriages, Celiac disease could be to blame. 

Celiac disease will not effect your labor or delivery. Though if you have a cesarean section or require stitches after birth, be sure to remind your practitioner that you have Celiac disease. Some sutures contain gluten and can be irritating and make things more complicated for you in the future.

Since Celiac disease is considered to be genetic, you should alert your baby’s doctor of your status. Breast milk can protect your baby from Celiac disease. Breastfeeding with Celiac disease is very important for the health of mother and baby. If you have Celiac disease and your baby does not, simply maintain your gluten-free diet. If your baby is diagnosed with Celiac disease, which is very uncommon in the first six months,  you should maintain the gluten-free diet while breastfeeding.

If you do not have celiac disease and your baby does, then you can still breast feed, simply avoid gluten in your diet as well. Then as your baby moves to solids, they will also need to follow a gluten free diet.

Source:

Celiac Disease: Myth or Fact. Guandalini, S; Melin-Rogovin, M. University of Chicago Celiac Disease Program. Accessed 1/9/10

Summer Restaurant Tour

This week I was talking to my mom on the phone about all of the things and all the places we plan on going to this summer. It really got me thinking, I want to go on a gluten free tour of restaurants and places that offer gluten free cuisine! So as I am surfing the web to figure out how the heck we are going to go about doing this in the short time that I am home from college I came across a website of a woman that did a similar thing and has a list of restaurants for the entire San Francisco Bay Area. It is so simple, you click on what city you live in, what allergy you have and BOOM! a list appears like magic of restaurants all over that have gluten free menus!! It is actually so nice to find websites like this!

The website for all of you who are chomping at the bit is: http://themissingmenu.com/

So now I am planning on what day trips we can go on around the Bay , and I am planning them around delicious restaurants where we can anything and everything gluten-free! This summer I plan on having way too much fun, hanging out with even funner people and eating the tastiest food imaginable!

Celiac Disease and Medical Marijuana

After looking up new facts and statistics for this weeks post, I came across information as to where it is now legal in California (my home state) to get a Medical Marijuana card if you have been diagnosed with Celiac disease.

With Celiac disease, the body avoids an autoimmune attack on the intestines when a person adopts a strict gluten-free diet and avoids eating gluten. Unfortunately, Celiac disease is often misdiagnosed  and irreversiable damage to some body systems can occur, because of the misdiagnosis. More importantly, accidential consumption of gluten can occur when eating at a friend’s house or at a restaurant, no matter how careful you try to be, once again triggering the autoimmune response. Not following a gluten-free diet increases the risk of specific types of cancer.

According to research: Marijuana can be used to treat many of the symptoms of Celiac disease that are qualifying medical conditions under California Medical Marijuana Laws. Marijuana “cools the gut,” in which it slows down the muscle contractions that move food through the stomach and intestines and reduces the secretion of liquid into the intestines associated with diarrhea (one of the most severe symptoms of the disease). Marijuana also controls the muscle spasms associated with diarrhea. It also increases appetite and can offset the inefficiency in the Celiac’s ability to absorb nutrients from the food you eat.

This is very interesting information because it is information that you would never expect. After reading about this, I did more searching about marijuana and found that:

  • “Zig-Zags”: the paper used to roll a joint contains gluten in the binding gum
  • Optimo Cigars: contains gluten in the rolling paper, similar to the sticky stuff on envelopes
  • Swisher Sweets: are newly redesigned and are gluten-free
  • Rizla: rolling paper, 100% gluten free

So if you are going to smoke: Most cigarettes are gluten free, Swisher Sweets are gluten-free, most cigars are not (unless stated on package), and most Marijuana rolling paper contains gluten (they safest is to smoke it out of glass).

Gluten-Free Cookie Pizza

So being a celiac who loves to cook, I am constantly looking up recipes or new ideas of foods to incorporate into my diet. I love making sweets! I came across this recipe awhile back and had to share it with y’all!

It is called Gluten-Free Cookie Pizza!!

delicious 🙂

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Rice Chex®, Corn Chex®, Chocolate Chex®, Honey Nut Chex® or Cinnamon Chex® cereal
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons honey roasted peanuts
  • 1 Betty Crocker® Fruit Roll-Ups® chewy fruit snack (any red variety), torn into pieces

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Place cereal in resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal bag and crush with rolling pin or meat mallet.
  2. In large bowl, mix sugars, peanut butter, butter, egg and vanilla. Stir in crushed cereal. Spread in ungreased 12-inch pizza pan.
  3. Bake 12 minutes. Sprinkle evenly with marshmallows to within 1 inch of edge. Bake 5 minutes longer or until marshmallows are light golden brown. Sprinkle chocolate chips, peanuts and fruit snack pieces over marshmallows to look like pizza toppings. Cool completely on cooling rack. Cut into 16 wedges. Store tightly covered.

Footnotes

  • Cooking Gluten Free? Always read labels to make sure each recipe ingredient is gluten free. Products and ingredient sources can change.
  • How-To: Spread this mixture easily–just spray the back of a large spoon with cooking spray, then press the mixture into the pan with the back of the spoon.

Camp Celiac Update

I wanted to let everyone know that I have been accepted to be a camp counselor this July! I am so excited! Celiac disease is now my entire life, and this camp will now give me the opportunity to help kids younger than I am deal with living life with Celiac.

I cannot wait (:

Thank you to those of you who crossed your fingers for me!

Things I Miss About Eating Gluten

For this post I am including a really cute video I found on YouTube! It is basically, all the things we can’t eat that we wish we still could!! Just a simple song about the daily struggles of Celiacs!

It’s kinda hard to hear, so turn the volume up (:

Things I Miss About Gluten

Camp Celiac

So I am from Northern California, precisely from the East Bay. I heard about a summer camp from a family friend that was designed specifically for kids ages 9 to 17 years old who have been diagnosed with Celiac disease. Camp Celiac is made possible by The Taylor Family Foundation who hosts the camp at Camp Arroyo in Livermore, California (about a 30 minute drive from my house).

The applications to become a camp counselor recently opened up and I filled it out as soon as I saw it! I find out this Wednesday, February 22nd if I am offered an interview! It will be such a great experience, I am crossing my fingers! Not only do I love working with kids, I also used to love attending summer camp as a kid. This is the best of both worlds, I get to be a counselor and eat gluten free for a week!

The Taylor Family Foundation’s mission is to preserve the wellness and enhance the quality of life for children in Northern California with life-threatening and chronic illnesses, disabilities, and youth at risk through unique therapeutic experiences and support. At the 138 acre Camp Arroyo for its sixth year, Camp Celiac 2012’s campers, counselors, and volunteers eat delicious gluten-free food and enjoy traditional camp activities such as a ropes course, rock climbing, ziplining, boating, swimming, archery, arts and crafts, skit night, and outdoor sports.  Three meals a day without having to ask if any of the foods are gluten free is life changing for many campers and staff!

For more information, feel free to visit http://celiaccamp.com/index.html

And by Wednesday I will let you know if I got the job or not 🙂

Cross your fingers for me!!

Why am I blogging?

Hello world,

I have created this blog site for my entry-level college English class. We have been given an assignment that we will be writing a research paper and twice a week we will need to blog about our specific research topic.

My specific research topic is going to be about Celiac disease. It is very interesting to me, seeing as that I have the disease and am always wanting to learn more about new and intersting facts or foods. In these upcoming few weeks, you will learn things about the food I eat, the articles and facts I find, and maybe the occasional times that I get “glutened!”

What the heck is gluten and Celiac Diease? Gluten is a protein found in many foods we eat every day; wheat, rye, barley, oats and malt. Most people can eat foods with gluten with no trouble; for example, bread, pizza, pasta, cake, cereals, etc. For some people, eating gluten can cause a reaction in their bodies, someone who has this problem has Celiac Disease. Someone with Celiac, eating gluten—causes an immune system reaction. Your immune system keeps you from getting sick, but for someone with Celiac, the body starts damaging and destroying the lining of your small intestines, which is not good! There is no cure for Celiac disease, but you can cure it, simply by taking gluten out of your diet!

I found out about Celiac disease when my mom was diagnosed in December 2010. It was a big change for my family, taking the time to find out what the disease was, what it did to your body, and how to get through all of the changes. I wasn’t having the same symptoms as my mom, therefore i didn’t fully cut gluten out of my diet until I started getting extremely sick after I came to college! Celiac disease is extremely hereditary, and in August of 2011, I was diagnosed.

A gluten free diet in college is very hard to deal with sometimes because I don’t have access to prepare my own food, like my mom can at home and I have to rely on the chef’s at the cafeteria to keep contaminants away from my food!

This is my now a HUGE part of my life and I look forward to sharing more soon! 🙂

Jessica

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About Me

Jessica Deno;

but I go by Jed (:

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Celiac is the disease.

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