Celiac Awareness Month 2014

Team Fitsme would like to invite everyone to join us in celebrating Celiac Awareness Month in order to highlight the concerns of celiac disease and honor organizations, institutions, societies, and individuals’ efforts to improve the lives of those with celiac disorders through their advocacy, research, education, and empowerment.

Celiac disease is widely undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. For those who are unfamiliar, it is an autoimmune disorder that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients. Symptoms can be digestive related such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, and weight loss, as well as non-digestive related, such as joint pain, skin rashes, fatigue, and depression. If left untreated, severe harm can be done to the brain, nervous system, bones, liver, and organs. Currently, there is no cure, and the only treatment for celiac disease is a strict gluten free diet. In other words, staying away from wheat, rye, and barley.

Photo by Pepj

Photo by Pepj

Fitsme hopes to join in on the effort put forth to improve the lives of those with celiac. Our Food Personality Builder helps users  find recipes that fit their dietary lifestyle. If you have celiac simply note “gluten” in the allergy section and our app will curate a set of recipes that do not contain gluten or by-products of gluten.

Our mission to make home cooking convenient. Learning about the needs of those with strict or unique dietary needs helps us make Fitsme more accessible for everyone.  This month we are reaching out to the celiac community to gain insight on their experiences. We will post several interviews throughout the month that highlights a member of the community.

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