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Amy Leger

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My daughter was diagnosed at 15 months old back in 2000. I have been passionate about celiac disease and the gluten free diet ever since. Now my brother was just diagnosed and during the 2008-2009 school year my husband and I took in a Norwegian exchange student with celiac disease. I have just started a blog called www.thesavvyceliac.com and enjoy sharing my views and experiences with others through my blog.

  1. Learning which ingredients are gluten-free and which are not,  takes some time and patience. Within the first few months you learn a lot of what you need to know to live gluten-free.  But there are a few lingering ingredients that it took me a while to digest, remember and even...
  2. It’s hard to imagine. In six years my celiac daughter, Emma, will go to college — living a gluten free life away from her sheltered little gluten free cocoon we’ve put together for her. Yes, someday I will need to stop being the go-to gluten-free food encyclopedia and trust that she can k...
  3. We’ve all heard of Oprah’s Big Give show from a few years ago. I am suggesting during this Celiac Disease Awareness Month to do a “Gluten Free Give Back”, as we take time to give back to this disease that has changed our lives so significantly. During this month I...
  4. Well whether we like it or not, the holidays really are upon us. Many of us are already thinking about Thanksgiving dinner — some may be contently planning knowing they’ll be cooking their own gluten-free dinner, while others may be “white knuckling” it until Thanksgiving, worried they’ll...
  5. You may not be enjoying the gluten-free food to it’s fullest at Target Field.  The brand new home for the Minnesota Twins is complete with a gluten-free concession menu, but I’ve tracked down additional, more kid-friendly items that are gluten-free and — so far ̵...
  6. It has been a busy decade for celiac disease. I even think non-celiacs would agree we heard more about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet in the last 10 years than ever before! Including me. We had it in our family for 40 years before I had any idea this disease even existed – with...
  7. For years I’ve only purchased big brand names of ibuprofen and cough/cold medicine for my gluten-free daughter, because I couldn’t guarantee the generic, store brand version sitting right next to the big name brand  (and  about a third less in cost) was gluten-free. ...
  8. I was doing some research tonight when I stumbled upon what I consider a most disturbing celiac-related confession on a website that appears to highlight anonymous revelations. The title was I’m Dying and I’m 19… “I have Celiac Disease and even though I know it’s killing...
  9. Ida our 17, turned 18-year-old, exchange student from Norway will be leaving us in 9 days. As I look back the year has gone by so fast. It has been a year of growing in the celiac lifestyle - with a teenager who doesn’t need me hovering over her all the time. Although not to say she couldn...
  10. Yes, it would have been more appropriate to celebrate Mother’s Day with this post, but ironically (or is it coincidentally) the job of being a mom has really prevented me from preparing this post before now.On this Mother’s Day, I found myself thinking back to all those times during Emma...
  11. So you’ve likely seen the lists flying around Facebook: 25 Random Things about Me. Well I haven’t done it yet. But I thought I would incorporate this “Random” List into my blog. It’s a quick list– some things you may have never heard before. 25 Random Things...
  12. So I’m new to all this funky technology.  LinkedIn, Technorati, Digg, Blogs, Carnivals, and I’m just really settling to Facebook and thesavvyceliac.com of course.  But right now “Twittering” (or is it sending “Tweets”) are all the rage.  It&#...
  13. This fall you heard about my family's adventures with hosting an exchange student with celiac disease. Ida is now half way through her stay here and I believe she’s having a great time. She’s had some adjustments to make with her diet here. For example: we still haven’t found a...
  14. Celiac.com 12/12/2008 - The tales of diagnois for celiac disease are almost alwaysdramatic: Some people go for years dealing with aches and pains and thinkingthat this is just the way their body...
  15. Celiac.com 11/19/2008 - This year my husband and I took in Ida, an exchange studentfrom Norway, who needed a gluten-free home.We couldn’t help but be excited at the prospect to have someone else i...