I had the stomachaches and headaches for years. I attributed them to my nervous personality. I was the kid who bit her nails while fidgeting with her glasses and twirling her hair, sending adults into spasms of annoyance.
When I discovered I had celiac disease, an intolerance for gluten, a couple of years ago, I had never heard of it and knew no one else who had it. Now, I meet someone with celiac around every corner. Turns out the disease is a lot more common than once thought. Recent research estimates that as many as 1 in 133 people has the disorder, and that it may remain undiagnosed in 90 percent of patients. Also, researchers are discovering a link between type 1 diabetes and celiac, although it’s not clear what the cause and effect is. About 1 in 20 people with type 1 diabetes has celiac disease.
Fortunately, a spate of gluten-free cookbooks and products is making it easier to live with the condition, and a whole network of bloggers is there to support us. There’s the Gluten Free Post, I Am Gluten Free, Gluten-Free Fun, Gluten-Free by the Bay, Gluten-Free Girl, and Book of Yum, just for a start.
The website Celiac Handbook is putting together a list of restaurants that will accommodate a gluten-free diet.
Whole Foods does a good job of catering to gluten-free needs—it even has a dedicated baking facility. And Trader Joe’s carries some good gluten-free products, including some new gluten-free pancakes I discovered a few weeks back that made me very happy.
What are your resources for gluten-free goodness?