We know that there is a LOT of info about Celiac Disease, and about the Gluten Free Lifestyle. Much of it is helpful, some of it, not so much. There is unfortunately a lot of misinformation going around. While we are no physicians, or experts, here at Gluten Free Specialties, we have learned a lot in our 21 years of baking Gluten Free. I (Priscilla) was diagnosed in 2002, and have many years of living the GF lifestyle under my belt. We are always here to help and be a listening ear, and offer any pearls of wisdom we may have.
I have found a few resources that I highly recommend. Some are from experts, but some are also just others of us who are on this journey and have done the research. I hope this will help you as a guideline to start you on your way to your GF lifestyle. If you know of any others to add, please let me know!
-http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/ Newly Diagnosed Celiac? Contact the University of Chicago, and they will be happy to send you a free GF care package. This website will let you know what is needed in order to qualify.
- GlutenFreeDrugs.com Need to know what Drugs are GF? This website is a great resource. However, always make sure to check with your Pharmacist, in case things have changed.
https://celiac.org/live-gluten-free/gluten-free-lifestyle/gluten-free-candy-list/ Need to know what Candy is GF? Included is a list, and is updated regularly. However, please always check with the manufacturer to make sure you have the most updated information!
-Gluten Free Watchdog. A registered Dietician independently tests foods to see if they are really gluten free, as well as letting the community know about recalls, mislabeled items, and so forth.
-Gluten Dude. A guy sharing his journey about his diagnosis and advocating for the gluten free community, while adding a little humour and wit to his posts.
-MI Gluten Free Gal - Celiac Disease Resource. Margaret is from Michigan, and is very in touch with the Gluten Free community. She has great articles, recipes and pearls of wisdom on how to be GF in Michigan.
- There are series of "Dummies" Books... and I believe they have recently combined them all into one book (7/16), but if not, Living Gluten Free For Dummies, Celiac Disease for Dummies, Gluten Free Cooking for Dummies, Gluten Free Baking for Dummies, and Student's Gluten Free Cookbook for Dummies. These books break down information into very simple terms that will make the GF lifestyle make a bit more sense. I also love "The Gluten Free Bible" by Jax Peters Lowell. Its been around awhile, but I love her journey, and her tips for navigating through the Gluten Free lifestyle. And, while I have not read it personally, I have heard nothing but positive feedback about "Jennifer's Way" by Jennifer Esposito.
-Cilie Yack is Under Attack: A Story about a Boy with Celiac Disease by Caryn Talty. -The Celiac Kid by Stephanie Skolmoski. -Eating Gluten-Free with Emily: A Story for Children with Celiac Disease by Bonnie J. Kruszka. -Willie Villie Meets Casey Kramps in Sprueville: A Book About Celiac Disease by Elena Torsiello
MULTIPLE FOOD ALLERGIES BOOKS FOR KIDS:
-Food Allergies and Me: A Children's Book bu Juniper Skinner. -Why Can't I Have a Cupcake?: A Book for Children with Allergies and Food Sensitivities by Betsy Childs. -Joey Panda and His Food Allergies Save the Dayby Amishi S. Murthy MD, Vivian Chou MD ( board-certified allergists).
*** These are all just suggestions. These are not endorsed suggestions, but more just suggestions based on either my opinion or combined opinions of our customers, in order to help you out on your Gluten Free Journey.