Children with Celiac Disease

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There is no denying that there are children out in the world that are diagnosed with celiac disease. If every one in 133 people has celiac disease then the odds are pretty good that a child has it.

Children have a rough go growing up as it is, and when you throw celiac disease into the mix, you can pretty much imagine what it’s like. As adults, we have a pretty good control of our emotions. As an adult diagnosed with celiac disease, we can hold our own when we feel isolated from a crowd because our celiac disease. Everyone is enjoying a pizza and your avoiding the table because you’re eating a gluten-free salad. There are times that this happens and you are well within your capabilities as a full grown adult to feel sad or left out.

Children are ever changing humans who never become who they’re supposed to be until the age of seven. Throw in celiac disease and a terrible social understanding of what it is and it becomes a ticking time bomb of sitting in the cafeteria and feeling sorry for yourself. Children diagnosed with celiac disease have mentors like their parents and teachers and grand parents and guardians who can stand up and speak for them. The one problem is that they aren’t there all the time.

Children can be cruel. I was a child once and I know what I was capable of and I know what others were capable of. There is already a ‘no peanuts’ rule running through out many social establishments, up to and including schools, arenas, gymnasiums and so on. And it is quite common for children to have deadly peanut allergies, but celiac disease is the frowned upon weird cousin that no one talks about or has any clue why he is the way he is. Gluten is in every food. There is no denying that, and if you’re the one child in a classroom of thirty that has celiac disease and needs to eat 100% gluten-free then there is a true belief that teasing is going to happen. Teasing that is going to create a bigger gap in the way the diagnosed celiac sees their disease and the way others do.

I’m not doctor, but this kind of behaviour from all parties could potentially lead to cheating on a medically needed 100% gluten-free diet.

Children take their cues from adults. As adults we bestow our knowledge of how things work. If there is a child in your child’s classroom that might have celiac disease, let them know what it is. Its not as immediate and deadly as peanut allergy but over time it can cause great pain and complications.

It has to be tough for the parent to see their child feel isolated because of celiac disease. That’s why we ALL need to educate as many people as we can about it. There is wrong information and good information out there that we can bring to light. caregiving adults need to be taught about celiac disease as much as children so that the current information is passed on. Just because one kid can’t play with the play-doh, because its mostly wheat, doesn’t mean that child can’t be awesome.

There are a handful of things a child with celiac disease can’t do but that doesn’t mean they have to suffer for it. Adults and children can learn as much as they can to create an inclusive environment for these children who can often feel left out. I’m an adult diagnosed with celiac disease when I was 27 years old, I know how I feel when I’m left out, so imagine how a five year old does.

All Celiacs Miss Some Kind of Food

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There is always the mega-ultra convenience of fast food. It’s easy to grab on the way home from work. That rainy Saturday afternoon with the family when hamburgers and fries are the perfect pick me up. Late night drive homes from the cottage. Fast food joints have been a staple of our lives for many decades, and have only grown in popularity as our society becomes bogged down with work, family and all the other commitments that stretch into our days and make the amazing convenience of food served fast to be a blessing.

As a diagnosed celiac, this kind of lifestyle proves difficult.

Diagnosed celiacs need to eat 100% gluten-free, and finding gluten-free fast food can/is a challenge.

You can stop off and grab a hash brown and coffee on the way to work or sit with your high school friends at lunch period and share a carton of fries and multi-layer burgers. The odds that any of that is gluten-free are slim to none, and finding that one gluten-free, simple and satisfying alternative is rare to come by.

There is always talk about the hamburgers on the fly. Peeling back the paper wrapper and eating it while you drive to the big game or inhaling it because you missed breakfast. What about all the talk of chicken nuggets? The long lost cousin of the fast food industry. Even in advertisements, the focus always seems to be about beef and beef and beef. Well, a great tasting gluten-free chicken nugget should be found to sate the appetite of those in need: namely me.

The year 1999 was ending (I was still nine years away from being diagnosed with celiac disease), and a few of my closet friends were going to get together and watch Blade on DVD and maybe have a few drinks. One of my boys said as we drove to the party “we should stop at [INSERT LOCAL FAST FOOD PLACE] and buy a pack of 50 chicken nuggets and then we’d always remember that at the turn of the century we had 50 chicken nuggets”. I regret a few things from that night, and not taking him up on that offer is one of them. And in all the years since, him and I never ever bought 50 chicken nuggets together.

Looking back and seeing that him and I currently make jokes about the 50 chicken nuggets so many years later, and even years after my diagnosis of celiac disease where I have to be 100% gluten-free and no fast food restaurant is serving those perfectly browned and tasty morsels, that we all know as chicken nuggets. It’s the one food that him and I always talk about when the mood strikes. The one food that him and I always have a chuckle over. The two major chains in my hometown served them. Respectfully, as teenagers, as dumb teenagers, we called them: chick-nugs and nugs. Yeah, a little stupid, but, food.

Making chicken nuggets at home is one thing, but having that ‘fast food’ flair to the chicken nuggets has always been a food I’d like to relive and recreate as a gluten-free alternative. It’s not about eating healthy, its just about eating.

Every food evokes emotion. What food gives you the feels?I believe food

Celiac Disease is not a Buzz Kill.

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The only person that can make Celiac Disease a negative is you.

If you’re the person going around being sad about being diagnosed with Celiac, then guess what. You’re gonna have a bad day.

What you need to do is just take a step back and pretend you don’t have Celiac and look around. There is that chair you always trip over. There is that pair of pants you never pick up. Now, you’re the same person, only you don’t have Celiac Disease. Put Celiac back into the equation: YOU’RE STILL THE SAME PERSON. Don’t worry about it. Everyone has good days and bad days. Having Celiac doesn’t change that.

If anything, let Celiac Disease change you.

Be the greatest person in any room you’re in. Walk through the door and size up everything. You. Are. Better. Than. Everything. Celiac Disease doesn’t change that. All it does is change that you can’t have gluten. Someone without Celiac might feel sad for you, you don’t have to. I have Celiac and there is no one around to stop me.

In fact…

Celiac Disease helped to define me as a person. It helped set me on a path that would make my  twenty year old version shake his head in disbelief.

When I eventually decided to become King Gluten Free and throw my hair and my unique perspective on Celiac Disease and the gluten-free lifestyle in 2013, I didn’t know what I was doing. I just knew I had something to offer that no one else was. Now, that choice to become a blogger has propelled me in different directions I had only ever dreamed of.

I was once a calendar model (cross that off my bucket list) Gluten Free Gal had put together a 12 months of gluten-free men and I was right there. If I was never diagnosed with Celiac, I never would have became who I am and never had this amazing opportunity.

I always wanted to be on TV. Then out of the blue a local show Mommy Talk asked me to come on and discuss my gluten-free life and Celiac and how it (if any affects my daughter). Never in a thousand years did I think I would be a guest on TV. What a rush.

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Me on Mommy Talk on ROGERS tv 2015

 

All because of Celiac Disease was I able to climb out of my little shell and stand in the room and just own everything a round me. Before I was diagnosed with Celiac, I was different. I dealt with anxiety issues, slight depression and a general distaste for people in general. It wasn’t until I was properly diagnosed with Celiac that my life would forever change and the true ‘Jordan’ could come out.

After, my initial guest spot on television, another show called Georgina Life wanted me to come on for a seven minute segment and talk about Celiac Disease and promote my blog kingglutenfree.com. How cool is that? All of a sudden I have had two television appearances in the same year (2015). All because I was diagnosed with Celiac and just wanted to tell my story.

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one of my MANY guest appearances on Georgina Life as King Gluten Free in 2015

 

It took a while for me to find a real groove with being King Gluten Free and what it meant to me. I tired my had at reviews and columns like ‘celiac woes/pros’ but they were never really me. Telling my stories about family issues and work issues and the triumphs of Celiac Disease and connecting to my readers and the community and letting every single one of them that THEY AREN’T ALONE is where I found my real purpose as King Gluten Free. True I am still Jordan Middlebrook, but as an personality like the King,  I get to be two people doing the same thing.

Creating awareness for Celiac Disease is important to me. It’s often misunderstood and filled with stigma. I was super duper excited to be asked to speak at a show in August 2015 to talk about being a man with Celiac and attempting to knock down some of those walls and create a little more awareness that men don’t have to be worried about having it.  Because I had Celiac, I was able to cross another thing off my list and speaking at a event about something I was passion about was high.

Then television came knocking again.

2015 turned out to be an incredible year for me. I was speaking at shows, I was on TV I was having an amazing time just talking about what was important to me. Helping others who had Celiac and giving them someone to look up to. I’ve never had the chance to let Celiac Disease get me down. It’s a part of me and it’s something you have to live with and roll with. The first little while after being diagnosed was hard: it changes your life. Looking back at June 2008, I wish I had someone like me on TV and on the internet doing what I am doing. Just talking about it.

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Me on ‘Cooking with Cori’ in 2015

 

Because of my gluten-free lifestyle I was able to be a guest on two cooking shows (could you picture me on a cooking show?). On both shows I was able to talk about Celiac Disease and the gluten-free diet and knock down walls about what it was and why it wasn’t as bad as people assume. That was more of a jumping off point for me at the end of 2015.

Now, after all the amazing things I had done in 2015. 2016 started off with a huge bang and I was now a co-host of a television show. I was living my dream. The very same show, Georgina Life that I was being a guest on in 2015, I was now a television co-host. WOW!

Looking at my list of things to do before I die ‘having my own TV show’ is right there. Now, in 2016, I get to do just that. Looking back at how this happened to a 35 year old man, I see that it all started with Celiac Disease. I started blogging to make a difference in some way, and now, weekly, a televise co-host like me gets to sit in the host chair and talk about Celiac Disease and create more awareness and destroy stereotypes. I’m not a woman with Celiac, I’m a man. I can be that figurehead for men who are embarrassed to admit they have it or to scared to get checked out. I get to talk about Celiac Awareness Month on every show through out the course of May. I get to take the passion for Celiac awareness to another platform and break the walls of stigma.

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Current. Me as television co-host on Georgina Life in 2016

 

Yes. Initially being diagnosed with Celiac is hard. Your life kind of has this hazy cartoon moment. But, step back and see what I have a accomplished because I have Celiac Disease. Aim for the stars. I did it and I made it, and you can too. Celiac Disease isn’t a buzz kill. If anything its a jet engine, driving you to be different for everyone, BECAUSE YOU ARE DIFFERENT. You’re better than everyone because you’re self aware in the fact that Celiac Disease makes you a better person, better than the one you were before you were diagnosed. I can attest to that.

I have Celiac Disease and I reached my dreams. You can too.


Special thank you to Ronnilyn Pustil of the Gluten Free Garage.

 

No 2 Celiacs are the Same

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We have a saying in my house:

“What works well for our family, doesn’t work well for another.”

The same mentality and ideals can be applied to Celiac Disease and the people diagnosed with it. Not every one has the same symptoms and not everyone treats the disease with the same scope of reference. Some hide it, some wear it and some are all up in your face about it. The one thing that can be said for Celiac Disease and all the people affected by it is that:

No two Celiacs are alike when it comes to diagnosis, treatment and symptoms.

There is never a right or wrong way to talk about Celiac Disease, there is only an individual with it and how they talk about it. We all have varying options and opinions on how to deal and treat our gluten-free lifestyle. Though, the one common truth is that Celiac Disease is misunderstood. It’s misunderstood by the person standing opposite of you. The person who also has the disease and handles it in a differing fashion.

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The mystery of Celiac is still out there. It’s best to ask questions and it’s best to be honest with how you answer them. Those questions don’t just have to be within the Celiac community, it can be asked by the outside world too. I get asked at least once a week about why I’m gluten-free and what Celiac is.

Somedays celiac disease sucks and somedays having Celiac is an amazing experience. Our daily thoughts are governed by the way food is presented to us and with Celiacs the only ones we can usually trust is ourselves, with our choice of food and the people who handle our food. We read food labels when we walk into a strange kitchen we hammer out questions to the chef at our friend’s house. Celiac is a special kind of beast that forces you to interact.

Maintaining a gluten-free diet and lifestyle is the key importance to a Celiac’s health and sometimes not everybody gets that. That one simple rule really gets lost in transition to those who. Just. Don’t. Get. Celiac. Disease. When presenting Celiac to an outsider, or a rookie on the matter the big picture isn’t seen and we can be labelled as ‘whiners’.

We’re not whiners. Individuals diagnosed with Celiac are just people with options on their food and how they like it and how Celiac has affected their lives. We discuss it, we don’t whine about it.

Which leads me back to how we all handle our Celiac differently and that is the culmination of how NO two diagnosed Celiacs are alike. Both in terms of how they talk about their food and how they care about their food. How the disease affects them personally and how it affects their family and friends.

Forward this article to someone who doesn’t understand that.

Gluten and all the Cross Contamination

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It’s not very often a personality or celiac/gluten-free writer like myself gets to go out into the world of culinary skills and impart some kind of wisdom. If there is something I am not, it’s a chef or baker or any kind of wizard in the kitchen. I was granted the opportunity to tell a group of individuals about the potential dangers of gluten cross contamination.

There was a time when I wrote an article for a magazine. That article was about how a kitchen was ‘dirty’ with gluten. Gluten in the form of wheat flour and how really, in the grande scheme of things gluten cross contamination was inevitable. That article never saw the light of day because it was decided that no one wanted to infer that restaurant kitchens are dirty. But if anyone was to read the article and look below the surface, the ‘dirt’ being considered was in fact gluten.

If there is ever a time to talk about gluten cross contamination, it is now (actually, its always).

At a time when the celiac and their 100% gluten-free diet can sometimes be held at the same level as someone who doesn’t need to medically be on said diet. Yes, ‘trendy’ and ‘fad’ get thrown around. It’s both a blessing and a curse. Restaurants are now seeing that there is a need to comply with customers like the medically diagnosed gluten free eaters. I have Celiac Disease and I need to eat 100% gluten-free and a crumb the size of a pencil point can harm me. It can throw my whole body out of whack. It could be days, or weeks. That’s the special prize you get with Celiac: you never know what’s going to happen to you when you ingest gluten, and you never know for how long.

I was able to take these new kitchen minds and tell them about my woes at a restaurant and the concerns that Celiacs have when they eat out. Shared food kitchens are common in the dining industry, so someone has to make it known that a gluten-free diet is as important as a person with a peanut allergy. Yes, an individual could possible die from peanuts, and the kitchen staff knows this and takes the precaution to eliminate it from the dish being served.

Since my Celiac Disease isn’t written across my face when I eat gluten, should that make it any less severe than a peanut allergy?

I don’t require medical attention and I don’t go into anaphylaxis when I ingest gluten. The damage done to me on my insides is invisible. It could disrupt my whole digestive system and agitate my stomach. I could be in the bathroom fart, pooping or throwing up and then not spending anytime with my wife an daughter. Because I was given gluten the size of a pen tip, all my plans to spend time with my family has been shot down.

What about work? How do I go to my job when my stomach has been bloated out due to gas build-up? Now I miss time off work.

That ONE LITTLE CRUMB does more than damage my villi, it affects every person down the line. Anyone who might be connected to rely on me.

Celiac Disease isn’t pretty (especially when I talk about farting and pooping), but thats the way it goes. If no one takes the time to tell a rookie chef the potential dangers of disregarding gluten, then, where does it end? If the proper protection and care of a gluten-free meal is given to that one meal, imagine the look on that customer’s face. Imagine how they feel when they can safely eat a meal at a restaurant?

As a father who makes gluten-free pancakes every Sunday, I thrive on having those eating them being satisfied. I have to assume a person, a chef making my meal, my safe gluten-free meal at a restaurant must feel the same when they create, plate and serve.

To the people, students, professionals and chefs that listens to me for an hour. Waxing on about gluten and gluten cross contamination. They are now the people at the fore-front who will take what i told them and pass it on as they continue on their career paths in the kitchen: at home or at work. As long as they got something from me and passed along an iota of the information abut gluten and the potential dangers of cross contamination for Celiacs and the medical diagnosed gluten-free eaters, then, awesome.

Family vs. Celiac Disease

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You’d like to think that everyone in your family is understanding when it comes to you as an individual. A lot of the time, that isn’t the case. Your Aunt might not always seem to get why you like gore-filled horror movies or your father-in-law can’t get past the fact or understand that you enjoy playing video games until all hours of the night. These are the same facts that make us all different, and everyone IS different and everyone is entitled to do what they like, but the support of a family is sometimes lost when you come at them with your celiac disease and your need to be gluten-free.

Is a question of misunderstanding or do they even care?

Younger family members are influenced by those around them and when the adults put down or discourage gluten-free food, it shows. Teenaged cousins turning their nose up at the gluten-free alternative to turkey stuffing when they haven’t even tried it. Just the idea of gluten-free is enough to turn the stomach… this is all when the diagnosed celiac is sitting across the table. The tried and true method of picking out someone who is uneducated is the family member who sneers and the milk because another person said it was gluten-free. Let me tell you why you look like an idiot:

  1. Milk is naturally gluten-free. You’ve been drinking it all your life.
  2. You’re an idiot.

Having a supportive family member outside your immediate family that understands the severity  of celiac disease and gluten cross contamination is important. It could mean a matter of sickness and health at family barbecues. Because the extended family can sometimes be your worst enemy when it comes to promoting a positive experience with ANY kind of gluten-free food. It’s not bad enough that you have defend celiac disease to others not related, so why does it have to be with blood relatives?

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Holidays should be about joy, but sometimes because of celiac and they way others might perceive it, they’re not.

Families not caring about wether the same flipper for the hamburgers was used for the regular buns should at least be a concern as opposed to a passing thought when a diagnosed celiac is at the party. This isn’t a dinner party with unknown people, it’s family. It’s blood. It’s people who have loved and cared for each other for years, decades even. It’s just too bad there might be those few people in the family that ruin holidays for celiacs.

There are incidents when you’ll here people showing their true colours. Having to serve gluten-free food to people who just aren’t willing to accept change is a great indicator of that. Even my daughter is willing to try the potato soup after saying she didn’t like it. If they’re not eating the corn because it’s gluten-free and that’s only because they’ve heard that gluten-free food tastes like cardboard… there is something terribly wrong with the relationship and somewhere down the line they have been grossly misinformed.

Your family knows you have celiac, so why do they have to be so critical?

You want to maintain a healthy relationship, but at every holiday or get together it always seems to be: FAMILY vs. CELIAC. Sometimes you have to just cut the cord and let them know your disease is important and they should at least acknowledge it with a smile, not a sneer. When family members get to the point of just. Not. Caring. it’s time that your diagnosed celiac disease wins the battle.

I Love my Gluten-Free Breakfasts

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I’m just a gluten-free man, and there is nothing wrong with any of that. Especially when it comes to the best time of the day: morning. I am a straight up morning guy (I was never like that in my early teens. Now as a 35 year old man I can barely make it to 10pm) and what happens in the morning? BREAKFAST. YAH!

Being gluten-free doesn’t mean ALL of the food in the world is off limits to me. Sure, I can’t eat just any old cereal you pull out of the pantry. It’s gotta say gluten-free on the box and it’s got to taste good. Having to eat gluten-free cereal doesn’t mean that I have to eat the terrible cardboard flavoured gluten-free cereal. Breakfast is the best meal of the day so the food has to taste the exact same way (gluten-free or not).

Milk and eggs are gluten-free, so stop asking me if I can still have them. It really is crazy how much that question gets asked of me. Even people I’ve been telling the same story to since my celiac diagnosis in 2009, “Yes I can have mushrooms” “Yes, I can have chocolate milk”. Those are the joys of having celiac disease: constant repetition.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it gets your body going after a long night of sleeping and resting and growing and revitalizing. That nourishment you pile into your face at 7am is important for the rest of the day, so treat it with the best gluten-free food you can find: bacon. Bacon is so versatile. You can add the magical tastes to all kinds of foods: cupcakes and cookies. You see that chefs wrap steak with it and even alcoholic drinks have the taste of bacon. Infusing anything with bacon is the best choice for any meal. You just have to remember that breakfast is important for anyone on the planet. No matter if the food is gluten-free or not.

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I love gluten-free pancakes and Mickey Mouse

 

You could search a thousand years and never find the perfect gluten-free pancake mix. If you’re that homeless looking, long bearded sage-type man who has travelled the world seeking a perfect pancake, look no further than any of the gluten-free variety. My house has gluten-free pancakes every Sunday and even the folks in my home who don’t need to be GF eat these pancakes and have NEVER found a better wheat flour version. I just saved that time traveller years of toiling and trolling through the aisles of every grocery store to find the perfect pancake.

The perfect pancake is a gluten-free one.

If bacon gives you life; pancakes are love.

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LOVE these pancakes (click the image to find out what brand I use)

 

Having celiac doesn’t mean that I turn my nose up at any breakfast food that comes my way. I’m just a regular due who is telling you that the BEST gluten-free foods are the ones that come in those early morning hours. True, you can have bacon and pancakes for any meal; if you cook them in the morning, make a terrible mess in the kitchen, the whole house will smell of breakfast-y goodness for the rest of the day. Thats a King Gluten Free guarantee.

Not everyone eats cereal in the morning, or has an omelette. Some people opt for a protein shake or kale smoothie or oatmeal. And that’s cool with me. You eat whatever you want to eat. For me, I’ll eat whatever I want to eat in the morning, as long as it’s gluten-free, it’s fine by me.

Hell, just the other day I made a hamburger for breakfast. Gluten-free bun. Ketchup, mustard and a dill pickle. It’s my morning and my diet, I’ll do what I want.

Just check out my instagram.

Gluten-Free? Nah. Eat What You Want.

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Hey! Eat what you want. I won’t judge you.

Here’s a tip: If you have celiac disease, the only way to treat it is with a 100% gluten-free diet.

If you have celiac disease then you already know that tip and you know the repercussions to your body when you ingest gluten. Some celiacs ignore this simple fact/rule and eat gluten-filled food. And some celiacs take this rule very seriously.

Not all celiacs are built the same, we can all have different symptoms, but some of us think that gluten doesn’t affect us in as many or deadly or even painful ways as we might think. Cheating isn’t acceptable when on a gluten-free diet for medical reasons. You have to maintain a proper GF diet in order to maintain a healthy body (and celiac disease isn’t without is health issues when you have to stop eating gluten) and cutting gluten from your menu.

If you have celiac disease guess what? You CAN eat whatever the hell you want.

Sure you have to avoid gluten, but there are no celiac police.

You have to know though; eating gluten when you have to avoid it causes all kinds of problems inside your body. even when you can’t see it. I’ll even quote my own blog post:

200 symptoms ranging from bloating, nausea and diarrhea to stiff joints, migraines and skin ailments. A whole smorgasbord of complications to the body. Prolonged internal exposer can lead to cancer, malformed cells, chronic pain and even fatal more complicated illnesses.

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You have celiac disease and need to eat gluten-free but you don’t care about being sick: eat a Big Mac. FYI, It’s NOT gluten-free.

You’re the one who is fully capable of deciding what is safe to eat. Today’s technology makes it able to talk to anyone in the world and find out if our food is actually safe for consumption. Almost every food product on the market has a customer help line labeled right there on the package. So there is no real excuse for you to know what is safe and what isn’t.

The only ones who need help in this respect are children with celiac disease, in the infancy of their diagnosis, foods are confusing. Imagine a five year old who has celiac disease and can’t read a ‘gluten-free’ label? A three year old who has to have all of their food handled by a capable person. I feel for children with celiac disease because I know what it’s like to handle my own celiac diagnosis and gluten-free food.

But…

Just because you have to be gluten-free to be healthy doesn’t mean you have to eat gluten-free food. Just eat whatever you want, make yourself sick. Go nuts. The only person you’re hurting is yourself. Don’t worry, celiac disease isn’t that serious anyway you’ll probably outgrow it… said no smart person ever.

It all boils down to that fact that you do whatever you want to your body: tattoos, piercing, spiked hair, cosmetic surgery, eat glass. Who cares really? You know what you’re doing. In the case of a gluten-free diet and this whole “celiac disease” thing, you know whats up.

Celiac disease is a life long disease and the only prescription is a gluten-free diet.


I have always wanted to write a book about celiac awareness. Sometimes I talk about it finally and eventually making one, and sometimes I keep my mouth shut about it. I did write one. It was a way to get my thoughts out there and to see what my idea of celiac awareness was about. This article is actually a longer version of a page in my book that I did in fact write. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it. -Jordan

Deep Fried Gluten-Free Maple Cookies

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You might know by now that I am a co-host of a local television show, along with the incredibly professional and lovely Jennifer Anderson, in my home town called Georgina Life that airs on Rogers TV. You might also know that I am not a chef of any kind, but like to just make up food as I go along. You can see a lot of that terrible food magic in my Instagram pictures and now, see me work my gluten-free kitchen magic via this great YouTube video provided by Rogers TV.

I used 2 eggs for the wash, XO Baking gluten-free Pancake mix for the coating and Walmart brand maple cookies for the, well, cookies.

-Jordan

 

What is Celiac Disease?

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What is celiac disease?

Well, the simplest answer is this: celiac is a disease where the small intestine is sensitive to gluten. I think I even googled ‘what is celiac disease’ and the answer was; hyper-sensitive to gluten.

The harder answer: celiac is a disease where the whole body identifies gluten as a poison. A poison that affects the entire body with over 200 symptoms ranging from bloating, nausea and diarrhea to stiff joints, migraines and skin ailments. A whole smorgasbord of complications to the body. Prolonged internal exposer can lead to cancer, malformed cells, chronic pain and even fatal more complicated illnesses.

In short, if you are diagnosed with celiac disease, you must maintain a 100% gluten-free diet.

And, even more important is that because of these underlying symptoms getting diagnosed by a medical professional as early as possible is of the utmost necessary proportions. If symptoms persist and go unchecked, you can plainly see that it can lead to a life of terrible discomfort.

Remember, celiac disease is hereditary. So make sure any family members who might exhibit symptoms get checked. Or better yet, get checked just to rule out the disease. It really can’t hurt. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Not every person who is diagnosed with celiac disease sufferers in the same way. It’s a nice, but  a gross way to be unique with a disease that affects every 1 out of 133 people across North America.  Some people can develop acne all over their face and through their teenaged years it gets passed off as hormones or your diet (which, when you look back and see that it was indeed your diet. A gluten-free diet was needed when you were an adolescent but you went undiagnosed). I mean, all i ate was Smoky Bacon potato chips and drank Pepsi, so you can imagine how my diet affected my skin, NOT JUST my undiagnosed celiac disease.

Anxiety across the board, going to the movies and always having a plastic bag with you in case you threw up. Fearing you might have social anxiety or some degree of agoraphobia, when it fact it all turns out, was undiagnosed celiac disease. I lived a through a lot of my teenaged and young adult life thinking i was little kooky in the head, a little crazy. I thought I had a terrible mental disorder that prevented me from meeting new people or sweating profusely when I took public transit. It just turns out, it was all related to my undiagnosed celiac disease.

I’ve heard that we are the person we’ll become by the time we are seven years old, undiagnosed celiac at that age and younger and beyond can alter who we are meant to be.

I was diagnosed in 2009 at the age of 27. I thought I was who I was the man I supposed to be.

Then the celiac disease diagnosis came into my life and really turned my world for a loop. In the grand scheme of things it changed my life in a way I could never have imagined. After I cut the poison of gluten out of my diet and my life I was finally able to become who I was meant to be.

So, what is celiac disease?

I’m no doctor. So celiac disease can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. It’s a disease first and foremost but it’s also a state of mind and how you feel about it and apply it to your everyday life. You can sulk and whine about it, ignore it or own it. You handle your celiac disease anyway you want.

But, don’t take my world for it. Click these online links to find out what it really is. Then go and ask your doctor, because, I’m not a doctor. I just play one on TV.

CLICK THESE LINKS FOR CELIAC INFORMATION: WEBMD, CANADIAN CELIAC ASSOCIATION, CELIAC DISEASE FOUNDATION, BEYOND CELIAC, PAM JORDAN and even a handy dandy infographic from GLUTEN DUDE himself:

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this image was made by Gluten Dude and I stole it from his site, so go and read his website and see what he has to say about celiac disease as well – Jordan

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I have always wanted to write a book about celiac awareness, and sometimes I talk about it, and sometimes I keep my mouth shut about it. As a way to get my thoughts out there and to see what my book was about. This article is actually a longer version of a page in my book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating and writing it. -Jordan

 

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