Hold the Gluten, please

Quick facts

  • 1 in 133 Americans have celiac
  • 83%-97% of Americans with celiac are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed
  • Celiac is hereditary; 4%-12% of a celiac person’s 1st degree relatives also have celiac
  • on average, gluten-free foods are 242% more expensive then their non-GF counterparts
Photo by Pepj

Photo by Pepj

What is celiac?

Celiac is an autoimmune disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. Over time your brain, nervous system, bones, liver, and other organs can be deprived of vital nutrients.

Symptoms

With 300 known symptoms, not every person with celiac expereinces the same symptoms. According to the Mayo Clinic most people experience few to none of the classical digestive indicators such as, diarrhea and weight loss. Here is a list of a few of the non-digestive symptoms.

Authors of the livelifeceliac, 3 women diagnosed with celiac, give a list of symptoms they have personally experienced here.

What to eat if you have celiac or a gluten sensitivity

According to Gluten Free Girl and the Chef, it’s simple, focus on the foods that you already love and are naturally gluten-free.

Sweet poatoes, green beans, dark chocolate, ribeye steak, mangos, lentils, shrimp, asparagus, carrots, apples, roasted chicekn, pho, lamb, hummus, homemade guacamole, eggs, figs, halibut, vegetable soup, bacon, raisins, strawberries, bananas, pistachios, almonds, ground beef, lettuce, mashed potatoes, persimmons, onions, zucchini, tomatoes, broccoli, bell peppers, pears, pork chops, salmon, eggplant, mushrooms, celery, grapes…the list is surprisingly long.

You’ll probably find yourself cooking at home more often and sticking to the perimeter of the grocery store.

How Fitsme can help

We help our users discover recipes that fit their lifestyles. The Food Personality Builder allows a user to tell us about the foods (s)he likes to eat often, the ones (s)he could do without, and those that (s)he avoids. We then use the food personality profile as filter and show the user more of what (s)he likes, less of what (s)he doesn’t, and never anything that is excluded.

If you have celiac, simply note ‘gluten’ in the allergy section, and none of the recipes we show you will contain gluten or a by-product of gluten.

Visit www.fitsmeapp.com today to set up your Food Personality Profile. Use the promo code nogluten and skip the invite process.

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By Jocelyn Robancho

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