Diabetes & Celiac Disease


I need help for my granddaughter who has celiac disease and type 1 diabetes.   It seems that I have been working so hard on the diabetic eating that the gluten-free side seems impossible and expensive.  Any suggestions?




Dear Susan,

Thanks so much for your question. I can imagine it’s very overwhelming, especially at first, to not only make sure your granddaughter is eating a healthy diabetic diet, but one that is gluten-free as well.

On a more positive note, the diet I recommend to my clients with diabetes is the same one I recommend to those with celiac disease; a healthy, whole foods based diet built around lean proteins (beans and legumes, eggs, low fat dairy, fish, and lean cuts of meat), complex carbohydrates (vegetables, fruit, brown and black rice, quinoa, corn, and certified gluten-free oats if tolerated) and healthy fats (olives and olive oil, nuts and nut butters, seeds, and avocado).

These foods are naturally gluten-free and, except for the certified gluten-free oats, shouldn’t be more expensive than foods for a standard healthy diet.

For times when your granddaughter might want to enjoy a special treat, I recommend keeping an assortment of gluten-free flours on hand, so you can bake your own treats together.  This way you can control the quality and quantity of ingredients (i.e. use whole grain gluten-free flours or use less sugar in the recipe), and keep costs down, as homemade gluten-free treats are usually less expensive than store bought.  Plus, they usually taste better too!

In good health,

EA Stewart, MBA, RD

This article was originally posted by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, find it here.

One thought on “Diabetes & Celiac Disease

  1. Very nice article! I can relate this because I was diagnosis of Celiac Disease. I was doing this all with a college age income, it is very hard but I tried my best. If you know how most college age students eat I was spending more money on health food items and shopping in a health food store. In February of 2012 I also joined Meals In A Minute which is a food company that have many gluten free product and uses organic when possible. I totally love the Meals In A Minute sauce line this has got me making more veggies in our house! The sauce line is unique as you use very little to finish off a meal to flavor the dish. The sauce work with many dishes and many creations never the same dish every time you chose to use that particular sauce. Meals In A Minute also has gluten free muffins, cookies, pasta and spice to name a few. The opportunity with Meals In A Minute is great so I felt the need to share great gluten free foods, recipes and over all healthy choices. I keep on reading….Thanks for the info!

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