On Memorial Day weekend, 2020, my precious Punkin here was diagnosed with Celiac disease. It’s not an allergy as most people assume but actually an autoimmune disease. When she ingests even the tiniest bit of gluten from wheat, barley, rye, or oats, her body then attacks and destroys her small intestines. She had been in pain and had stomach and GI problems for her whole young life and it took going to the hospital and God’s amazing work through difficult situations to bring about the diagnosis that is changing her life and healing her body.
We praise God for the diagnosis and healing that has happened since going 100% gluten-free! On this page, we are here to share resources and things we’ve learned since that diagnosis!
Websites & Resources
I’m going to list some Facebook support groups that I am that I find helpful. Most of them you have to get approved to join, but I have found them to be worth it!
Parents of Gluten Free and Celiac Kids
Ok, That last one is because I love Disney and I am thrilled to share that they are amazing at accommodating people with allergies and dietary needs!
As a teacher, I am familiar with what is called a 504 plan. It provides accommodations for students who need extra support in the classroom. As it turns out, children with Celiac disease often need extra support in the classroom – things such as being able to go to the bathroom whenever and as needed, using alternate supplies, and providing food that is safe for their bodies. The following website is a great resource to learn more about what a 504 can do for you and your child in the school setting. Their main website is a great resource for information in general about Celiac disease.
Back to School and 504 Plan Guide
We made the most delicious cupcakes using this cake mix yesterday! I followed the advice on a Celiac Facebook group to add a package of instant vanilla pudding mix as we made it and it came out so moist and yummy! And most Pillsbury frostings are gluten and dairy free as well! Win Win!!
Best. Pretzels. Ever. Not sure I need to say more. And I’m not even someone who likes regular pretzels much, ha! But these gluten-free ones are amazing!