Coeliac Disease Explained

Coeliac disease is an auto-immune disease.  Auto-immune means the body mistakenly produces antibodies that damage its own tissues.  It is a permanent intestinal intolerance to dietary gluten.

In people with coeliac disease the immune system reacts abnormally to gluten, causing small bowel inflammation and damage.  Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats.

Coeliac disease is treated by a lifelong gluten free diet. 

Referenced From
The Coeliac Society

My daughter and I had been diagnosed with Coeliac Disease. We had never heard of Coeliac Disease and didn't know anyone who had it. I was still in shock at my own diagnosis but getting Abbey well was our primary concern so gluten free it was to be.

A sense of humour helps
The beauty of being diagnosed with Coeliac Disease at such a young age is that Abbey knows no different. Sadly for me, I can taste the chilled Corona's, brilliant tasting breads and sweet donuts in my mind.. c'est la vie

Oh and a common misconception...
Waking up to find yourself transformed into a supermodel once embracing the gluten free lifestyle... sorry people, sadly not to be.  Bummer..

About Recipes

Gluten Free doesn't have to be tasteless, new age hippy hippy shake. It's primarily about getting back to basics - embracing fresh, wholesome food without all the added extras and getting creative.

Fresh fruit and vegetables, unprocessed meat, poultry and fish, eggs nuts and legumes just to name a few. There's a myriad of ingredients out there waiting to be mixed, baked, slow cooked, stewed and nuked.

It's an exciting time to experiment.. just ask my husband and eldest son.. my non-coeliac guinea pigs..

Need some inspiration? Just go to the Recipes tab underneath the header at the top of the blog.