The First Year: Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

The First Year: Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

Jules E. Dowler Shepard

Language: English

Pages: 282

ISBN: 073821227X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


If you’ve just been diagnosed with celiac disease, you’re not alone: as many as 1 in 133 Americans have this autoimmune disorder characterized by an inability to digest gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains. For ten years, Jules Shepard’s gastrointestinal symptoms went misdiagnosed. Finally diagnosed, she experienced a rollercoaster of emotions and illness the year following, as she discovered what she could and could not eat through trial and error.

Now, in The First Year®: Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free, Shepard explains everything you need to learn and do upon your or a family member’s diagnosis.

- How celiac disease affects your entire body

- Eating gluten-free (and avoiding hidden glutens)

- Keeping your kitchen safe from cross-contamination

- Can I drink alcohol?

- Celiac and fertility

- Finding support groups

- Parenting a child with celiac disease

- Dining out, traveling, and entertaining

This unique guide prioritizes all the most important information on diet and lifestyle changes for you. Day-by-day, week-by-week, month-by-month, learn how to safely alter your diet, manage your symptoms, and adjust to living gluten-free. Complete with easy and delicious recipes for gluten-free baking, The First Year®: Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free is your essential guide to a healthy life.

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relatively painless, accurate, and covered by most insurance companies, so in almost every instance they should be undertaken, since celiac patients who fail to adhere to a strict gluten-free diet risk many adverse health consequences. 16 0738212272 textNEW.qxd:Shepard 10/6/08 10:53 AM Page 17 day 3 learning “What Exactly Is Gluten and Why Doesn’t It Like Me?” G LUTEN IS a food protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. A component of gluten is a substance called gliadin—it is the gliadin

healthy outlook on a gluten-free life are inspirational to us all. 9 9 9 Susie Delaney’s Story Congratulations! You are lucky enough to be diagnosed with the only known disease that grants the patient total control. Feeling good, having energy, and leading a normal life again is only a choice away. You are about to reclaim your spirit, be introduced to an exciting new world of food, and change your life in ways you can’t possibly imagine. From this point on, being healthy is simply a choice. 32

eat because they are naturally gluten-free How celiac disease hurts our bodies from the inside out, the importance of testing for celiac disease, and how those tests are administered The natural tendency to doubt a lifechanging diagnosis, as well as the unavoidable initial feelings of being overwhelmed That you can take charge of your health without relying on prescription medicines or invasive treatment techniques How to begin a new gluten-free life with an all-purpose gluten-free flour mix and

Child with Celiac Disease AND Cade’s story captures the feeling of being overwhelmed but beginning to look ahead, grateful that celiac disease is the diagnosis. As Angie reminds herself and us, we must all be thankful that CD can be managed with diet instead of lifelong medications, treatments, and surgeries. A NGIE 9 9 9 Angie Dabbs’s Story The summer of 2007 started as most summers do, with funfilled days outdoors, vacation plans at the beach, and a carefree spirit. It promised to be an

what to call this disease and over what to call a person who has it. Celiac sprue was the early name for the battery of symptoms we now recognize as celiac disease. The term cœliac or celiac is the Greek word for abdominal region; sprue refers to a disease of the small intestine. Thus, some feel it is incorrect to call this autoimmune disease simply “celiac.” I will avoid arguing over linguistic semantics and throughout this book will simply refer to the disease as “celiac disease” or “CD” and to

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