I’d heard great things about LEON restaraunts and their super gluten free offerings. So was delighted to discover that they had opened a branch at Cheshire Oaks (one of my favourite places to shop!). And on Wednesday, after a spot of Christmas shopping with my fabulous buddy Carol, we called in for our tea.
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.
I’m forever trying new gluten free products – some I like, some I don’t. And although like many things, food is all down to personal taste, I thought it would be good to share with you the things that I have tried this month and without any hesitation would buy again!
When it comes to keeping gluten free food safe, and still gluten free, preventing cross contamination throughout the whole storage, preparation, cooking and serving process is key. And to help spread a consistent message how important (and achievable) this really is for anybody that requires a gluten free diet, the advice should, be simple and clear, so it can then be easily applied to every food prep situation – helping people understand what a true gluten free diet really entails. So, whether we are putting food together in our own kitchen, having it prepared for us in our friends and family’s homes or being served gluten free food from a restaurant kitchen etc, everyone knows how to safely cater for anybody who needs to eat gluten free.
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).
April is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) awareness month. So, I thought it would be the perfect time to share this post with you (it’s one I’ve been wanting to write for ages). IBS affects many people, but unfortunately it is a common misdiagnosis in people later diagnosed with coeliac disease. One in four people with coeliac disease have previously been treated for IBS.
There is no doubt about it, many gluten free products cost a lot more than their ‘gluten filled’ equivalents. But as a coeliac, despite any additional expense your gluten free diet must be maintained at all times to keep you on the right track, and when you are on a limited budget it can be difficult to accommodate this added expenditure your diet requires.
Unlike other diets that may not always be stuck to rigidly, once medically diagnosed with coeliac disease, a gluten free diet must be maintained for life, as this is the only treatment for the condition. Which means, that even on Christmas Day you can’t have a ‘cheat day’. However, with so many amazing dedicated gluten free products now available and all the foods that are naturally gluten free you really don’t need to miss out on anything – except the gluten of course!
I had every intention to have been sharing a more festive recipe with you today, but unfortunately the yule log I made decided not to play and didn’t turn out well enough for me to shout about it! Will give it another go, but for now, it’s back to the drawing board for this week’s blog!!
So, moving on and with a complete change of direction, thought it would be nice to share with you a really tasty tea I popped together for me and Neil the other night. Pan-fried breaded cod and easy home-made chips!!