Now before I get started on my gluten free adventures, I wanted to provide some facts about Coeliac disease. If you do not have this disease or do not know what it is, I feel that raising awareness is definitely the way forward. So here are some facts about Coeliac disease:
Coeliac is a lifelong autoimmune disease caused by a reaction to gluten that affects 1 in 100 people.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. When people with Coeliac disease consume foods containing gluten, their immune system responds by attacking these substances. As a result of this, the small intestine becomes inflamed and the body is unable to absorb nutrients which can lead to vitamin deficiencies.
Once diagnosed, a gluten free diet is the only treatment and that’s for life. Even a single bread crumb (gluten) can be damaging to people with Coeliac disease.
Coeliac or know someone with Coeliac disease?
Cross contamination is a big deal.
Here are some tips to help:
- Avoid using the same utensils
- Avoid frying food in the same oil as foods containing gluten
- Use a clean grill pan or get your own toaster – let’s be honest, getting your own toaster is not the easiest or cheapest option so some toaster bags will do the trick.
- Get your own condiments i.e. Jam, mayo, butter etc. and label them to avoid a breaded knife being dipped in
- Get your partner to go gluten free 😉
Also, if a close family member (parent or sibling) has the condition, then the chances of having it increases to 1 in 10.
Symptoms can include:
- Hair loss and anaemia
- Sudden weight loss
- Tingling and numbness in hands and feet
- Difficulties getting pregnant
- Abdominal pain
So, be on the safe side and GET YOURSELF CHECKED.
Now let the travel fun commence.
P.S. If you have any other tips you’d like to share, I’d love to hear them!