Gluten Free Diet Suggestions for Celiac Disease
Ask your doctor what to expect.
Know your problem foods
Beware of confusing labels.
Beware of confusing food labels. Many foods contain wheat and gluten without stating so clearly. Watch for labels that say: bread crumbs, cereal extract, flour, high protein flour, gelatinized, flavored, modified starch, food starch, pasta, seasonings, vegetable protein or plant protein. Look for these ingredients in: alcoholic beverages, candy, processed foods, sauces. This list should help, but be sure to investigate any ingredient you are not sure about.
Watch for information about manufacturing processes.
Watch for information about manufacturing practices. Some labels say “may contain wheat” or “manufactured in a plant with wheat products”. Believe the label; don’t take chances. It’s not worth the risk.
Understand what "gluten free" really means.
Understand what “gluten free” really means. In August 2013 the US FDA established a rule defining “gluten free” as containing “less than 20 parts per million”. This matches the Canadian standard.
At Dr. Lucy’s, we follow a stricter standard of 10 parts per million, and our facility and products are certified gluten free. . We buy ingredients from producers that use this definition and we test in our own facility to be sure. We do not use wheat or any other gluten containing grain in our bakery. These safeguards allow us to provide the highest quality foods made without wheat or gluten.
Lucy’s delicious cookies are made without the common food allergens --- wheat, milk, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts. We also test for trace amounts of these allergens. In addition, our oats are certified “gluten free”. All of our products are made in a dedicated facility. Our goal is to provide excellent foods that you can trust.
Consider storing gluten-free and gluten-containing foods separately in your home.
Consider storing gluten-free and gluten-containing foods separately in your home. Label the gluten foods so these will be handled with extra care and concern.
Provide alternate foods.
Tell your family and friends about food items you like.
Decide with your doctor if you can safely eat oats.
Make a plan for dining out.
If you dine out, be sure to tell the server about the ingredients you must avoid. You might ask for special food preparation pans and utensils to avoid surfaces that might contain glutens. Avoid fried foods that share cooking oils with breaded items. This is not a time to be timid; if you feel unsure about the situation talk with the restaurant manager or pick a different restaurant.
Buy a good book on celiac disease.
Consider joining a Celiac group.
Keep a list of questions for your doctor.
Keep a list of questions for your doctor. This helps you cover more issues at each visit.