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Benefits of a Gluten-free Support Group

One of the main reasons people continue to test positive for gluten after being diagnosed with celiac disease and going on a gluten-free diet is because of cheating on the diet. They need someone to support and encourage them, so they don’t feel all alone and overwhelmed. The group will help you feel part of a network of people in the same situation as you are. You will feel less alone, and be able to connect with compassionate and understanding people in a welcoming and safe environment. It will open up a world of gluten-free friends for dinners at restaurants, pot-luck dinners and parties for children.

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Learning new recipes is just one way of benefiting from other people. They can share their experiences in social situations when they have to decline offered food, give lists of the best restaurants and local stores for gluten-free items. There may also be group discounts and online stores that cater to support groups.

A support group will also help motivate you to be more responsible for you diet and stick to it even when you might get discouraged. There will be more experienced people in the group who will encourage you to get professional help if you need it. Support groups also have knowledge and access to community resources that you may not know about.

Your doctor may tell you not to worry about the future if you take good care of your diet, but a support group will have people with years of experience that will mean more to you than the doctor’s assurance. They can tell you how to handle different situations such as dating, business trips and family visits. If your child is celiac, you may be worried he or she will eat poorly at college and have serious symptoms away from home. Your support group will have members who have faced these challenges and can give you advice, so you don’t have to face them alone.

Children and a Gluten-free Diet

go ahead its gluten freeIf you child is diagnosed with celiac disease the first thing you should do is find a support group so that you can interact with parents and children that also need a gluten-free diet. It will help you and your child relax as you get information about child-friendly foods and find out how to handle school lunches and birthday parties.

If you child eats lunch at the school cafeteria, try to get a copy of the menu in advance and pack a gluten-free lunch with items that are as close to the school lunch as possible. This will help the child avoid embarrassment.

Your child’s teacher can also be educated by letting him or her know that your child has a dietary health issue and needs understanding and support. You would like your child to live as normally as possible. If there is a special occasion in the classroom, ask the teacher to inform you in advance, so you can provide an appropriate snack for you child. The other classmates can also be informed about your child’s condition, but they must be told in a way that is up-beat and respectful to your child’s feelings. The teacher and parents should try to stay in contact about the child, so any issues that arise can be dealt with quickly.

Sometimes lactose intolerance occurs in a child suffering from celiac disease. This may cause weight loss and make the recovery time longer for the child after a gluten free diet has begun. This is because the intestine is damaged and may be sensitive to lactose, but as it heals with the gluten-free diet, the intolerance to dairy products should stop.

Children need not worry that they will be missing out on all the best things. There are lots of recipes for gluten-free brownies, fudge, popcorn, cakes, pies and cookies as well as jam, jellies, pure cocoa, fruit ice, honey, ketchup, relish, pickles and olives. There are also many branded candies and ice cream that are gluten-free.