If you are diagnosed with celiac disease, you might feel like your dietary world has been turned upside down. You never quite notice how many foods contain gluten until you truly start needing to avoid it.
The good news is that it gets easier as you start to discover safe products, restaurants and a community of people willing to help offer suggestions.
As a starting point, here are our top three accessories and gift ideas we recommend to everyone with celiac disease:
1. A solid gluten-free cookbook
When you have a good gluten free cookbook, you can truly become the master of your diet. It's also a great comforting place for those days you don't want the hassle of dealing with a restaurant. Here are a few gluten-free cookbooks that we recommend:
c. Robyn's Gluten Free Baking Course - for those in need of a more video based format
2. A gluten free app
We recommend Find Me Gluten Free which contains worldwide options for finding restaurants with safe options for those on a gluten free diet.
3. An Equal Eats Celiac Disease Card
It's vital that you communicate that you have celiac disease when you dine out. I've experienced countless times where recipes that were assumed safe were actually not a traditional recipe and contained gluten. Getting "glutened" is a surefire way to ruin your night, and following day.
Using an Equal Eats celiac disease card can help ensure the server and chef is aware of your condition, but it also serves as a reminder of which foods contain gluten and to proceed with caution.