What to Expect
Congratulations! You're taking the first step on a new and exciting journey that uses food and diet to help address your health conditions. That means you'll be making some positive, but necessary changes to how and what you eat to improve your health. In your meal planner you'll no doubt see recipes and ingredients that may seem unfamiliar and new. That is the point and intentional. If you have serious health conditions, it is very likely that you should not keep doing - or eating - everything you did in the past in the same way. You will need to expand your culinary palette and learn to embrace the changes as you journey to better health.
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The Easy Way to Follow a Diet Plan for Celiac
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What to Expect in Your MyFoodMyHealth Diet for Celiac Disease
Please Note: We follow the general guidelines and do not assume more exclusions than listed. If you need more specific food removals based on professional recommendation for your condition, or the severity of your condition, you are able to add more specific removals on your "My Profile" page.
Foods Especially Included in the MyFoodMyHealth Diet for Celiac Disease
- Plant Protein
- Non-gluten grain
Foods Especially Excluded or Limited in the MyFoodMyHealth Diet for Celiac Disease
- Gluten-containing foods
Note: Make sure Shoyu/Tamari are Gluten-Free
Great Foods to Eat if You Have Celiac Disease
While your meal planner will exclude the ingredients listed above, below are some additional notes about what to consider when eating for Celiac. These are important to note when you are snacking or making your own recipes.
You don't need to feel food deprived when you eliminate gluten from your diet. There is a bounty of tasty, healthy whole foods you can eat to help manage celiac disease symptoms. These include:
Foods to Avoid if You Have Celiac Disease
FREE Sample Recipe for Celiac
Sesame Anise Cookies by Sue Baldassano
What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease. In people with celiac disease, gluten, the main protein in wheat, barley and rye, acts as a foreign antigen, triggering an immune response that damages the lining of the small intestine. This results in mal-absorption of fat, calcium, iron, foliate, and other nutrients.
If you have celiac disease you are gluten intolerant. Even the small amount of gluten found in less than a teaspoon of birthday cake may cause damage to the villi of the small intestine. This means you should have a gluten-free diet, avoiding wheat, barley, rye, and other gluten-containing foods. There is a lot of hidden gluten in the supermarket. Read labels carefully and thoroughly. The following words on labels may mean that a grain containing gluten has been used:
- Hydrolyzed plant protein
Color additives may contain gluten. Even the caramel color in Scotch Whiskey may contain gluten. Check with the manufacturer. Read more about what to watch for on food labels and the stores below.
Symptoms of Celiac Disease
- Multi-system disorder which primarily targets the small intestine
- Inability to properly absorb vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients
- May cause unexplained infertility and express as fatigue, peripheral neuropathies, migraines, osteoporosis, dermatitis, depression, lactose intolerance, fat intolerance, and more.
- Most people with the disease show no symptoms of celiac disease. It can remain dormant in your system for years.
- Gluten initiates an inflammatory process by reacting with intestinal immune cells. The gluten in gluten-containing products cannot be absorbed through the skin.
Diagnosis of Celiac Disease
- Celiac disease affects 1 in 100 people. 97 percent of sufferers are undiagnosed.*
- Celiac disease may cluster with other autoimmune diseases, particularly Diabetes I. (Eight to ten percent of diabetics are thought to have celiac.*)
- Celiac disease may be misdiagnosed as IBS, colitis, or Crohn's disease.
- You can be gluten intolerant or gluten sensitive and NOT have celiac disease.
- An endoscopy is the gold standard for diagnosing celiac disease.
*Sources: Celiac Disease, A Hidden Epidemic, by Peter H.R. Green and Rory Jones
Risk Factors for Celiac Disease
Celiac disease is commonly found in Caucasians of Northern European descent. Celiac disease is hereditary and cannot be outgrown. If you have it, chances are a parent or other relative also has the disease.
The Lowdown on Oats
Oats do not contain gluten. However, in many cases they are processed at the same mills and transported on the same grain elevators, which handle wheat, barley, and rye. This results in sufficient contamination to produce a gluten reaction. In your health food store or online there are companies providing non-contaminated oats. Look for these.
The official Celiac Sprue Association's take on oats is that for some, even gluten-free oats, are not "safe", as some may be sensitive to another protein in oats. As a result, at least for people newly diagnosed with celiac disease who are severely compromised, even gluten-free oats are not recommended (please see official CSA statement about oats).
Ingredients to Watch for on Your Food Labels
If you have celiac disease in order to make informed buying decisions you must be well aware of ingredients that may contain gluten or its derivatives. When in doubt, consult your pharmacist or call the 1-800 number of the manufacturer to find out if gluten or a derivative has been used.
|Caramel Color||This is made from corn. It is safe in a celiac diet.|
|Citric Acid||This is made from corn. It is safe in a celiac diet.|
|Dextrin||Producers in the United States claim to use corn, so domestically produced dextrin should be safe in a celiac diet.||Imported dextrin could be made from wheat. If so, it might not be gluten-free. Check your food label.|
|Flavors (artificial and natural)||Barley malt, which is sometimes used as a flavoring, and flavoring used in meat products may contain gluten. If so, it should be listed clearly on the label. In rare instances, barley malt is used as a flavoring but not identified on the label.|
|Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) or Hydrolyzed plant protein (HPP)||Usually processors use “hydrolyzed soy protein”, which is safe in a celiac diet.||In rare instances, processors neglect to identify the “vegetable” in HVP. This could be wheat. Wheat is unsafe.|
|Malt||If made from corn it is safe in a celiac diet.||Malt is usually made from barley. Malt extract, malt flavoring, malt syrup, and malt flour are also made from barley. None of these ingredients are safe.|
|Maltodextrin||Wheat may sometimes be used in imported products. If so, it will be listed on the food label as “maltodextrin (wheat)” or “wheat maltodextrin.” This is unsafe.|
|Mono and Diglycerides||Fats are naturally gluten-free.|
|Seasonings||Seasonings may contain anything. Be careful with seasonings.|
|Soy sauce||Use Tamari instead of soy sauce.||Many soy sauces are fermented from wheat, which is unsafe. Check with the processor for information.|
|Spices||Pure spices are gluten-free and should be safe in a celiac diet.|
|Starch||Starch is always cornstarch. Cornstarch is safe in a celiac diet.|
|Modified food starch||Modified food starch listed on a food label could be wheat starch. This is unsafe.|
|Sweeteners||Sweeteners can be unsafe. Read the labels for the use of gluten.|
|Malt Vinegar||Contains malt. This is unsafe.|
|Distilled Vinegar||Distilled vinegar is gluten-free. It is safe in a celiac diet.|
|Bakers and brewers yeast||Brewers yeast is not gluten-free unless found in a dietary food supplement. Brewers yeast found in dietary supplements is gluten-free.|