What is Celiac Disease? | NFCA

Article courtesy: National Foundation of Celiac Awareness What is Celiac Disease? Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. What does this mean? Essentially the body is attacking itself every time a person with celiac consumes gluten. Do you have Read more…

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Creating New Gluten-free Holiday Traditions with Your Child | NFCA

Article courtesy of: National Foundation for Celiac Awareness 12/4/2013 Silvana Nardone shares tips for making your child’s transition to the gluten-free diet easier during the holidays. By Silvana Nardone of Silvana’s Kitchen The holidays are a time when food is the focus and this can be stressful for parents of children newly diagnosed with celiac disease Read more…

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NFCA Leads Ft. Lauderdale Mom on $500 Gluten-Free Shopping Spree

Ambler, Pa. (February 19, 2013) – The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) will make history today by hosting the first-ever gluten-free shopping spree at Walmart. Anna Littlejohn, a mom of three living in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is the lucky beneficiary, walking away with more than $500 in gluten-free products and kitchen tools. “Words cannot Read more…

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Sex and the Celiac: Dating Tips for the Gluten-Free

When you have celiac disease or another gluten-related disorder, dating can be fairly tricky. With so much focus on restaurant outings, movie theater snacks and the post-date kiss, people with a gluten-related disorder have a lot more to think about than just finding the perfect outfit. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, the National Foundation Read more…

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Dunkin' Donuts Piloting Gluten-Free Baked Goods

The coffee giant is test-marketing individually wrapped gluten-free baked goods in Florida and Boston locations. On December 17th, the Facebook support community Gluten-Free South Florida announced that Dunkin’ Donuts was in the midst of a pilot test for gluten-free baked goods, including donuts they described as “dangerously delicious.”  With an ever-watching eye on gluten-free options, Michael Read more…

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Gluten-Free Labeling Petition Surpasses Goal of 25,000 Signatures

Celiac disease and gluten-free advocates are celebrating this morning as the gluten-free labeling petition has reached its goal of 25,000 signatures. Posted on WhiteHouse.gov, the petition called for urgency in passing a long-awaited standard definition of “gluten-free,” and now qualifies for an official response. The petition’s creator, Jennifer Iscol, President of the Celiac Community Foundation of Read more…

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Learning to Speak Up

Expert therapist Nicole M. Seitz, LPC shares advice for explaining your gluten-free needs to family and friends, specifically throughout the holiday season. By Nicole M. Seitz, LPC In August, NFCA hosted the webinar “Cross-Contamination in Restaurants: What You Need to Know.” In preparing for the webinar, we discovered that many of you struggle to speak Read more…

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Ask the Dietitian: Celiac & High Folate Levels

Question: Annual blood work follow-up for vitamin levels indicate that I have very high folate levels although every other test is in the low range. What foods should I eliminate from my diet to reduce high folate levels? From, Penny Answer: Dear Penny, Thanks very much for your question.  Before I answer, I’ll give a Read more…

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