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can I get more information ?
There are many websites and books
with the latest information and research available
regarding CD/DH and GS.
Be sure and check our booklist (see left)
to find out what is available in the Whatcom County
Your physician can recommend a dietician and/or
nutritionist who can help you develop a
healthy, balanced diet which does not include gluten.
They should also determine your follow-up care to
ensure that you are responding to the GF diet, in
addition to addressing other related issues.
Bellingham Gluten Information Group is also available
to help. Becoming involved with a support group
is one way that individuals find compliance with
a lifestyle change to be easier. We are here to
help ! Check out our list of printed materials (see
can I find GF products ?
we recommend naturally GF products. Which
can be found in any store. Fresh or dried fruits and
vegetables, fresh beef, poultry, fish, pork and
all gluten-free. Avoiding canned or processed foods,
most of which contain wheat or barley will save
you time and money. While most dairy products are
GF, you may not be able to tolerate dairy. See
(in the left column, upper
individual should be aware that they may have "additional
food intolerances" which may or may not be
apparent while adapting to your new GF diet.
Other food sensitivities may lead you to think that
you have "gotten gluten" when in fact,
it is a different food you are reacting to. On the
other hand, newly diagnosed individuals should be
very diligent about label reading and contacting
manufacturer's if necessary to determine that a
food product is gluten free. Since the passage of
the Allergen and GF Labeling laws, this has become
you feel comfortable reading labels and eating GF,
you can start looking to "substitute"
GF products for those you enjoyed
before your diagnosis - for example pasta made from
corn, rice or quinoa. Many of these products can
now be found on "mainstream" supermarket
shelves. You can also
order products on-line. Visit Manufacturers
page (link in the left column,
upper box) for links to companies that have supported
happens next ?
Following the GF diet will help
ensure that you do not suffer further
intestinal damage from Celiac Disease. This
is a lifelong condition and there is no other "cure"
currently available. If you do not have CD/DH but
have GS or a wheat allergy - you will probably find that
a GF diet dramatically reduces your symptoms.
Is there a downside to staying
on a GF diet? quite simply, none that we can think
If you have been suffering from intestinal symptoms,
most people see relief within a week. However, it
may take up to several years for your intestine to completely
heal and consequently regain long-term improved
health. Remember, your body has been building bones,
muscles, ligaments, organs, etc. without
the required nutrients that are essential to optimal
health. Additionally, you
may have complicating conditions. Some individuals,
due to their age and physical condition, may never
fully regain their health. Which is why, it
is SO IMPORTANT to get diagnosed as EARLY as possible
and diligently follow the gluten-free diet!
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