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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

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I was recently diagnosed and am having a hard time dealing with not knowing what to eat, even though my dietician gave me plenty of information and I have found plenty of useful information on this site.

 

I guess my biggest problem is family events. My family is constantly having huge get togethers and they are chefs so they cook elaborate meals, appetizers, desserts...well, none of which I can eat and I feel left out most of the time. I never want to go anymore because its always awkward going into the kitchen full of people and make my own food.

 

Is there anything I can prepare ahead of time?? And how do I explain to my family about all of this...they are always asking me questions and I'm never sure how to answer their barrage of questions.

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If you can make it, you can take it. Anything from pastas, to other dishes. As long as you can heat it up for the meal, I don't see why you couldn't do so.

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Many things that you use to have, you can....just with a bit of a twist. 

 

When you are newly diagnosed, it's always a large transition.  Take little steps.  Begin with cooking simple with fresh veggies, meats, fish, fresh fruit, and potatoes and rice.  Shop on the outside of the store and stay away from processed foods.  Use salt, pepper and simple spices for flavor.

 

Tell your family the truth..that you have been diagnosed with a medical condition called Celiac Disease. Educate yourself and share your knowledge. Yes, this is a great place to learn and we can help you along your way.

 

In my community, we often share in a pot-luck type of gathering.  I always bring something that I can enjoy as a meal for me, as well share with others.

 

Take a minute to catch your breath.......it will be okay and the road to good health is ahead of you.  :)

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