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Lifestyle eating? Why coeliac disease is NOT a lifestyle choice

Coeliac disease is not a lifestyle choice ‘Gluten-friendly’, ‘Gluten-conscious’ and ‘Lifestyle Eating’are just a few of the strange and questionably legal labels I’ve seen applied to gluten free food recently. ‘Freefrom’ is the term that has traditionally been used to label gluten free, dairy free, and other allergen-free foods in supermarkets. Unfortunately, I was greeted with a rather less useful sign when I walked into Sainsbury’s this week: ‘Lifestyle eating’. I got a bit cross, and after some nudging from the excellent Gluten Free B, I decided to break my blogging silence and write about it properly. ‘Lifestyle eating’ insinuates that eating gluten free (or any allergen-free) is a lifestyle choice, which is rather insulting when you have to eat that way due to a chronic health condition. It perpetuates the assumption that people with coeliac disease and/or food allergies are fussy and faddy, and this has a direct consequence for people with coeliac disease; it leads to people catering for us taking us less seriously and potentially making us ill when they think that ‘a little bit won’t hurt’. Rebranding …


Bath Gluten Free Fair: My Top Picks

Last weekend I went to a gluten free fair organised by Bath & West Wiltshire Coeliac Group. I always love a food fair, but it is especially fun when everything is gluten free. I had a nice couple of hours there with my family, checking out new brands, buying foodie gifts (for myself – heehee) and meeting some lovely people from the internet. Despite unfortunate problems with overcrowding and having to queue (who knew there were so many coeliacs in Bath?!), it was great to discover some new favourites. Here are the gluten free goodies that caught my eye. —————————————————————————————————————— Barkat Gluten Free Waffles Waffles, huzzah! Gluten free waffles have been on my “must try” list for a long time, but hardly anywhere sells them. I will report back. Gluten Free B did an interesting interview with the founder, worth a read. Check out the brand HERE. —————————————————————————————————————— Batch #5 goodies A Bath bakery doing very exciting gluten free things (in a 100% gluten free facility). The bread, cheese straws and brownie are great. I found the miracle bar a little overly sweet. In general …

10 Symptoms That Let Me Know I’ve Been Royally ‘Glutened’ #CoeliacUKAwarenessWeek

It’s Coeliac Awareness Week this week (11th-17th May 2015, #CoeliacUKAwarenessWeek) and this year Coeliac UK is focusing on improving diagnosis of Coeliac Disease. It still takes an average of 13 years (13 YEARS!) to be diagnosed with Coeliac Disease, and even though approximately 1% of the UK population has it, only 24% of people with the disease are medically diagnosed.*  Part of the reason that it takes so long to diagnose, is that the isolated symptoms can be attributed to many different conditions (e.g. IBS, Crohn’s) and it can take a long time to join the dots. In my own small way, I want to help spread awareness of the sort of symptoms that can occur when “glutened”, and the impact they can have on day to day life. There are still far too many people who believe Coeliac Disease is about being fussy or faddy!  So, let’s go. 1. Thinking starts to feel like wading through treacle. I become forgetful, have difficulty focusing on tasks, can’t remember words (I am in my twenties – far from senile!). …

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Coeliac UK creates gluten-free app!

Coeliac UK have been busy. Not only have they given their website a full makeover, but they are to launch a gluten-free app. You will be able to check your purchases against the Coeliac UK Food and Drink Directory by scanning the barcode of items, as well as make use of their gluten-free ingredients checklist when checking labels. As if Coeliac UK were not being damn useful enough, the app will also feature a venue guide, which will enable you to use your location to search for Coeliac UK-approved venues nearby. I think this is a genius idea for gluten-free app, and if it works it will be invaluable for coeliacs on the go, especially the newly diagnosed. Good for CUK for being innovative and keeping up with the times. Full details here.  


Paul Hollywood has just alienated a huge chunk of Bake Off fans. His ill-informed comments about coeliac disease have angered the coeliac community, and have been spread around gluten-free forums, Facebook groups and the blog community. The baker stated that he is ‘skeptical about this whole coeliac thing’ and seemed to suggest that people are often misdiagnosed and should buy better bread as a solution. ARGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. First of all, I would have hoped that as someone who works with food, he would have at least a passing knowledge of food intolerances and allergies. Second of all, WTF?!? Does he think that people eat a gluten-free diet for fun? Although you can (and I do) eat very well on a gluten-free diet and there are many fantastic products available now, it is not the easy or cheap option, and given the choice, I imagine most would rather not have to worry about what they eat. Paul, if you’re reading, please take a look at the Coeliac UK website (yes, an actual charity for all those fake …