Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) and celiac disease may be common cohorts. Today we will discuss the pancreas functions, what EPI is, and what the research says about celiac and EPI.
Sorry everyone, I've been missing writing about celiac disease. With the election, life, a new job, and a tween that is making me crazy, I've been remiss in keeping up with this blog.
Gluten free food boredom is a real thing. Many times, those of us with food issues like to stick to the same foods because we know they are safe and we won't get sick. I think this is both good and bad.
Expecting a baby is nerve racking and exciting time. Parents can begin to introduce solid foods at 4 to 6 months. For most, this is a very exciting time. But for those with celiac, moving to solid foods can be a time a of great concern. If a parent or sibling has celiac disease, there is a much greater chance that the child will have celiac disease. So, when is the best time to introduce gluten containing foods to at risk children?
For the most part, I often feel like celiac disease is the wild west. Science knows a lot about celiac disease. It is the only autoimmune disease with a known trigger - gluten. When gluten is removed from the diet, all is supposed to be okay. But many people diagnosed with celiac don't get to "healthy".
Sometimes I feel like I talk a lot about the same things - proper diagnostic process, eating gluten free, living your life, and having a bit of a sense of humor about this whole celiac thing.
We all leave our houses at some point and have to interact with the outside world. We have to interact with people when ordering food at a restaurant, talking to friends and family about what we can and cannot eat, and we have to talk to strangers about our disease. What words do we use? How do we describe our disease?
Now, feeding a family or even worse, hosting a party or other gathering with a large number of people can be hard. I want to let you know I fed 10 people with leftovers for less than $65. We had red beans and rice, shrimp creole and rice, and Against the Grain Bread.
Another pep talk here - celiac disease can overrun your life. My husband says that every time I'm around other people we end up talking about celiac.
My daughter's birthday is today and she is awesome!
Normally, we go out to dinner to the restaurant of her choice. However, her favorite restaurant is one that has ZERO gluten free options. It is an Italian restaurant and we all know that I avoid Italian restaurants and pizza joints like the plague. This causes me a great deal of concern because she is young and without any food restrictions. Is it fair of me to deny her favorite restaurant because I cannot eat there? Should I make her think of others when she is trying to have her family birthday party? Is it ever okay to be selfish? These are all the big questions that I think about when dealing with this disease and my family.