I finally got chance to pop into Off The Wheaten Track for a bite to eat the other Friday – it’s something that had been on my wish list ever since it had opened earlier this year! And, I cannot tell you how giddy I’d gotten myself in anticipation of my visit to this !00% gluten free deli and cheese specialist, situated in the lovely town centre of Altrincham, not too far away from where I live.
I consider myself to be a very lucky coeliac, as the route to my diagnosis was a quick and straightforward one, thanks to the keen eye of my GP. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for many people. It’s been said that in the UK it can take on average 13 years to get a medical diagnosis for coeliac disease. Alarming statistics, considering the crippling and serious health implications undiagnosed coeliac disease can have on so many people.
Thought it may be handy to pop all the external links that I wanted to share with you about coeliac disease in one place. They’re informative and interesting articles that have caught my eye and I felt it would be good to have them on my blog for you to see too.
One of the main reasons why it can be so hard to pinpoint a coeliac disease diagnosis, is that there are apparently over 200 known symptoms for this serious autoimmune condition. Also, to achieve an accurate test result for coeliac you have to be including gluten within your diet six weeks prior to being tested (blood test and endoscopy).
I have been on the hunt over the last few weeks for gluten free Easter treats that I felt were worthy of a little shout out. And the good news there are lots. From the classics, that have been knocking around for years, to a few new discoveries, that I have taste tested and then something that I haven’t yet tried but would really like to.
And I’m hoping that within the goodies I’m about to tell you about, there may be a ‘hidden gem’ that you weren’t aware was suitable for your gluten free diet.
If you are fancying a great pie, look no further than Voakes Free From gluten free pies. They are packed full of the most wonderful flavoured fillings and encased in a perfect crisp pastry that leaves you wondering how they can possibly be gluten free – well they really are!!
I know right now you will be so daunted with your recent coeliac diagnosis – don’t you worry, it’s going to be OK. Don’t be hard on yourself and expect to know everything, it’s impossible. I’m still learning 17 years down the line. Taking ‘baby steps’ and being a bit of a ‘sponge’ in the beginning will allow you to slowly absorb great gluten free hints and tips and help you as a shiny new coeliac!
What I would love to do right now is transport every single bit of gluten free information in my head to you, as I would love for you to feel the same way about the diet as I do! However, I appreciate that’s just not possible. So, for now, I just will scratch the surface with a few things that I hope may help you as you start your gluten free journey!