I haven’t eaten bread like this in years! I’m so proud of this recipe. Imagine being transported to an Italian restaurant, and a giant basket of freshly made bread is brought to the table. Fluffy inside, yet the crust has the perfect amount of crunchiness/chewiness/toughness. It’s difficult to describe just how magical this bread is, so you should definitely make it and experience it for yourself!
This recipe has now been tested by a professional pastry chef (two thumbs up!). Other friends with celiac disease have also taste tested batches made in my kitchen, and the reviews are wonderful. Perhaps my favorite review was from my husband, who is the most indecisive taste tester in history (everything is “good”, so no final decision is ever made). But when he tried this bread he paused and said, “this is extraordinary.”
So friends – I hope you enjoy!
Tasty Meditation’s Gluten Free Artisanal Bread
Note: this recipe utilizes a food thermometer, digital kitchen scale, and 2 quart Dutch oven with lid. Prep, rising and cook time equal to about 4 hours and 15 minutes.
215g warm water (110-120 degrees F – use a food thermometer to measure)
8g active dry yeast
80g potato starch
50g quinoa flour
50g tapioca starch
30g millet flour
7g psyllium husk
15g olive oil
7g apple cider vinegar
Brown rice flour (for dusting)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp water
4 medium-sized ice cubes
1. Combine the water, sugar, and yeast in a small mixing bowl. Set aside for at least 10 minutes, until the yeast rises.
2. Combine all dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
3. Add the olive oil and apple cider vinegar to the yeast mixture. Add the dry ingredients and stir thoroughly. The dough will look fairly wet, like cake batter. Place bowl in a warm place and cover with a slightly damp paper towel (the paper towel should be supported by the bowl so it is not touching the dough at the beginning). Let rise for 1 hour.
4. Dust a piece of square parchment paper with brown rice flour. Transfer the dough onto the parchment and sprinkle a little more brown rice flour on top to make the dough easier to work with (it will be sticky – do not add too much extra flour). Fold the dough into itself 3-4 times. Gently mold the dough into a circular bread shape. Transfer both the parchment and dough into the bowl. Let rise for 1 hour.
5. Meanwhile, 15 minutes into the second rise, place a small Dutch oven on the middle rack in the oven. Preheat the oven (with the Dutch oven inside) to 470 degrees F. Once you turn the oven on, set a timer for 45 minutes.
6. Remove the parchment and dough from the bowl and place both on a second piece of parchment paper (you will have two sheets of parchment on top of each other). If the dough spreads out, gently push the dough back towards center. The dough will feel sticky/wet.
7. Trim the parchment paper. The layer with direct contact to the dough should be trimmed fairly close to the dough. The bottom parchment layer should be cut into a wide oval with an extra two inches on the top/bottom and longer sides to the left and right (you’ll use these as handles when transferring the dough/bread).
8. Combine a tablespoon of olive oil and water in a small bowl. Repeatedly dip your fingers into the liquid and gently coat the top and sides of the dough with the liquid (you will not use the entire amount). Use a knife to score the top of the bread at least twice, cutting nearly down to the bottom of the dough.
9. Using the ends of the parchment paper as handles, carefully transfer the parchment and dough to the Dutch oven. Places four ice cubes around the dough, between the parchment and wall of the Dutch oven. Cover and bake for 40 minutes.
10. Remove the cover of the Dutch oven and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes (the slightly shorter time will yield a slightly softer/chewier crust, longer will have a crunchier crust)
11. Using the parchment paper like handles, remove the bread from the Dutch oven and let cool on a rack for 1 hour before slicing.
This bread is best the day-of but can be frozen and toasted for the future.
Disclaimer: I was not paid nor given free products in exchange for writing this post. I have special relationships with some of these companies and may have been given samples in the past. This post contains a few affiliate links in which I get a small commission that helps maintain the cost of this site (there is no added cost to you). All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I genuinely love. As always, double check labels and product information. Ingredients, allergen policies, and facilities can change at any time.
The Tasty Meditation Gluten Free Holiday Gift Guide: 2021 Edition is here! It’s more important than ever to support small businesses, so you’ll find many of my favorites listed below.
For the chocolate & sweets lover:
• See’s Candy – Gluten free chocolate truffles! Most of their chocolates do not contain gluten, but be sure to visit the allergen information page of their website for the most up to date information.
• LA Burdick hot chocolate – Kris introduced me to their hot chocolate on our first date. “I hope you brought another pair of socks…because yours are about to be knocked off.” Lucky for me – it happened to be gluten free! Their drinking chocolates are prepared in a dedicated gluten free kitchen.
• Yum Earth – Certified gluten free treats, even licorice!
• Goodie Girl Cookies – If you’re thinking that “Mint Slims” sounds almost exactly like a certain Girl Scout cookie, you are correct. So good, you’ll be tempted to eat an entire box in one sitting.
For kids (or kids at heart):
• Little GF Chefs baking kits – Absolutely adorable, creative and fun baking projects for people of all ages! The founder, Jereann Zann, is on a mission to empower kids, build confidence, and encourage a positive relationship with food. Every baking kit is made in a dedicated gluten free and top 8 allergen free facility and comes with just about everything you need to make the fun treats. Individual kits and subscriptions are available. I loved their rainbow donut kit!
• Nuts.com gift certificate – (affiliate link) My favorite source for gluten free flours, nuts and dried fruit. They have a huge selection of gluten free items, and everything is clearly marked.
• Guittard Chocolate Chips – My absolute favorite chocolate to bake with. Most of their products are made in a dedicated facility and will say so on the label.
• Jovial olive oil – I didn’t know what I was missing until I tried their olive oil from Italy. Wonderfully flavorful and perfect for dipping bread and drizzling on top of pizza.
• Digital Kitchen Scale – Digital scales are essential for measuring gluten free flour accurately! So far my favorite scale is by Escali. I use it nearly every day, and years later it’s still working perfectly.
• Ultimate pizza-making equipment bundle – (affiliate link) I’ve compiled a collection of everything you need to make my favorite No Gluten, No Problem pizzas! The cookbook, baking steel, storage-conscious pizza peel, digital kitchen scale, and food thermometer.
• Charlie’s Table fresh pasta – Once you try fresh pasta you’ll never want to go back to dried. Certified gluten free and made in a dedicated facility, Charlie’s Table offers pasta shapes that are difficult to find gluten free – bucatini, rigatoni, garganelli, gemelli, and tagliatelle.
• Still Riding Foods pizza crusts – One of my favorite pre-made crusts. Certified gluten free, dedicated gluten free facility, dairy free, egg free, soy free, nut free, vegan and kosher.
For the makeup lover:
• Red Apple Lipstick gift certificate – (affiliate link) Amazing allergen-friendly makeup with a wide variety of stunning lipstick colors. The Rallye Balm is a lifesaver for chapped/dry lips during the colder months. My personal favorite colors include Vogue and Ooh La La. Get 22% off orders of $50+ with the code “TastyMeditation”.
Gluten free bakeries – All of these 100% gluten free bakeries ship across the US (for residents of Alaska, Hawaii, and US territories please inquire with the bakeries directly), and several offer gift cards:
• Bread Srsly sourdough (affiliate link) – Seriously the best gluten free sourdough (and my favorite gluten free bread, in general) on the market! Made in the Bay Area, this bread nails that traditional sourdough taste. Free from gluten, wheat, egg, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, potatoes, sesame, refined sugar, and chickpeas. The last day to order for the holidays is December 12th, but I recommend ordering early because they sell out. Use code “TASTYHOLIDAY” for 10% off your order through 12/12/21!
• Krumville Bakeshop – Delicious cookies, cakes, muffins, and bread – everything that comes out of the Krumville kitchen is incredible! I recently made it my mission to try all of their layered cakes (spoiler alert – they’re all wonderful). If I had to choose one favorite, it would be three – chocolate raspberry, lemon & berries, gingerbread & cranberry. Feel free to send me a message if you’re looking for a personalize recommendation.
• Senza Gluten Cafe & Bakery – This bakery holds a very special place in my heart. My favorite items include panini bread, burger buns, almond ricotta orange cake, lemon mascarpone almond muffins, shortbread cookies, and pecan snowball cookies. After years of visiting this bakery, I recently tried the cookies for the first time. Normally when I visit in person I opt for the pastries, but wow was I missing out! Their cookies are truly magical.
• Modern Bread & Bagel – You’re not dreaming, these are real New York style bagels! When I was diagnosed with celiac disease I never thought I would experience this joy again. Infinitely grateful to Modern Bread for making this magic happen.
• Meredith’s Bread– A family-run bakery located in Kingston, NY, Meredith’s Bread is well known for selling products at farmers markets around NYC. They have two lines of products (wheat-based and gluten free – look for that GF label!), and their gluten free baked goods are made in a separate/dedicated facility. Excellent pricing. I love their rustic farmhouse breads, black and white cookies, and biscotti.
• Izzi B’s Allergen Free Bakery – So many free-from statements! This bakery is free of gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, eggs, nuts, casein, preservatives, trans-fats, refined sugar, and more! Located in Connecticut. Try the yellow cake, it’s my favorite!
• Everybody Eats – Mention Everybody Eats to a gluten free New Yorker, and they’ll immediately start talking about how kind and wonderful the owner, Pedro, is. Check out their instagram for delightful videos of Pedro singing in his bakery, and you might spot a certain special guest (spoiler alert – it’s me!). Highly recommend their gluten free baguette.
• Mariposa Baking Co – Located in San Francisco, so shipping rates are more affordable for friends on the west coast. I highly recommend their cinnamon rolls and flaky pastries. One of the few bakeries I’ve found that makes gluten free croissants!
• The Karma Baker – 100% vegan and gluten free in LA. I highly recommend their donuts.
For the bar:
• Tito’s Vodka – Certified gluten free, corn-based vodka. You might want to get some for yourself, too. I’ve found that you save more money in the long run if you buy the bigger bottle (wink).
• Barr Hill Gin – Lightly sweetened with local honey, so every batch is a little different. Labeled gluten free.
• Bright Cellars – (referral link) A fun subscription box with wine tailored to your preferences. Each box comes with fun cards to help you learn about the wine you receive. The more you rate your wines, the more the algorithm learns about what you love.
• Wolffer rose cider – Our favorite cider in the Tasty Meditation kitchen, and naturally gluten free!
• Pallini Limoncello – A taste of Italy! Kris and I tried various different limoncello brands during our gluten free honeymoon in Rome, and this was by far our favorite.
Gluten free resources:
• Gluten Free Watchdog subscription – GFW is one of the most incredible advocates in the celiac disease/gluten free community, and her website is a wealth of information. Subscribers get special access to products reports (selected items are tested for gluten in a laboratory setting) and support her overall efforts.
• Gluten Dude app subscription – An excellent resource with restaurant/bakery lists, product recommendations, and moderated message boards created by celiac disease advocate Gluten Dude. See you on the app!
Disclaimer: I received samples of this product, but I was not paid to write this post. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.
People are finally starting to talk more about purity protocol gluten free oats, and I’m so excited!
“Jessica, what is the purity protocol?” – Oats that are grown in a dedicated gluten free field, then harvested/packaged in a gluten free facility.
“Are all gluten free oats purity protocol?” – Nope, most GF oats are regular oats that are mechanically/optically sorted to remove the gluten-containing grains (that’s what Cheerios does).
“But certified gluten free oats are purity protocol oats, right?” – NOPE! At least not necessarily. Certified is not synonymous with purity protocol. Many certified GF products use GF oats that are mechanically/optically sorted.
“Okay, what’s your favorite purity protocol oat supplier?” – Gluten Free Prairie, of course!
Gluten Free Prairie is run by Deb Wheaton. Among her notable accomplishments, she is on the Celiac Disease Foundation Board of Directors and was awarded the CDF’s highest honor, the Blue Butterfly Award, for her years of service. A portion of the proceeds from GlutenFreePrairie go to the Celiac Disease Foundation for their programs to raise awareness.
Important facts about the GlutenFree Prairie:
Supports the purity protocol – oats are grown in gluten–free fields then harvested/packaged in a designated gluten–free facility
Certified glutenfree by the Celiac Spruce Association
Tests to less than 5ppm
Non GMO and Certified Kosher
High in fiber
Higher in protein than most traditional oats (17-22% compared to 13%)
Montana Mornings Granola
Deep Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix
Pancake & Waffle Mix
Hunger Buster Cookies
I love, love, love Gluten Free Prairie. The taste, quality, safety, the awesome owner – Gluten Free Prairie is the way to go if you’re an oat lover. The brownie mix is amazing! I especially love using the all purpose flour and pancake/waffle mix to make crepes. I recently attempted to make pancakes using the suggested recipe on the back of the pancake/waffle mix. My current nonstick pan is slightly warped (aka it’s no longer perfectly flat), so the pancake batter spread out a bit too much (yay more crepes!). Easy fix if you’ve got a similar uneven pan – decrease the amount of milk and add 1/4 tsp xanthan gum. Perfect pancakes! Also, as an oatmeal lover in my pre-celiac days, I am so happy to now have a gluten free oatmeal that I can finally trust.
GIVEAWAY! Two winners will receive a Deep Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix, Pancake & Waffle Mix, Hunger Buster Cookie, a Montana Mornings Granola, Oatmeal, and Simply Wholesome All Purpose Flour Blend – that’s almost all of their products! Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US residents only. Giveaway ends Thursday January 4th at 11:59 EST.
Disclaimer: I’ve received samples of this product, but I was not paid to write this post. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.
Winter is coming. No, wait – winter is here! This season makes me miserable, and my skin is really feeling it. Thank goodness I constantly have Eclair Naturals body butter and lotion on hand.
Eclair Naturals is:
Certified gluten free (tests to less than 5ppm)
100% soy free
Made with food grade ingredients
No animal testing/certified cruelty free
Handcrafted in small batches
Sustainably sourced and responsibly produced
Promotes no waste
Donates to charities
Made in the USA
What Eclair Naturals does NOT contain:
I’m always so grateful to have Eclair Naturals as a clear and safe gluten free option. It’s often difficult to get a straight answer out of other big companies because they have so many suppliers. And have you ever had someone laugh at you because you asked if their shampoo was gluten free? Utilizing companies that are 100% gluten free like Eclair Naturals makes everything so much easier.
My current Eclair Naturals skin care routine – the liquid hand soap and bar are in my bathroom. I have a hand sanitizer and all over lotion bottle in my purse to use throughout the day. I use the body butter at night – it’s quite thick and really gets the job done. My skin feels much softer and healthier in the morning. I invite you to take extra good care of yourself and your loved ones this winter with an Eclair Naturals hand care set.
GIVEAWAY! One lucky winner will receive the gluten free hand care set featured above. Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US residents only. Giveaway ends Friday December 29th at 11:59 EST.
Disclaimer: I was not paid nor given samples in exchange for writing this post. I have received samples from this company in the past. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.
I love Better Batter so much! They embody the holiday spirit of love and generosity all year round. They donate 10% of their net profits to social and charitable causes, and their financial aid program provides discounted gluten free products for low income families, families that have children with autism, college students, and households with extraordinary circumstances. So much love for the community!
Quick Better Batter facts:
Certified gluten free
Made in a facility that is free of milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, wheat, soy, fish, crustacean/shellfish, mustard, sesame, and corn.
Most products do not contain sulfites
Kosher OU Parve
No dyes or artificial flavors/preservatives
Packaged in recycled and recyclable boxes, printed with vegetable ink
Better Batter’s product line includes:
All Purpose Flour (cup for cup)
Pancake & Biscuit Mix
Fudge Brownie Mix
Yellow Cake Mix
Chocolate Cake Mix
Corn Free Powdered Sugar
Gift Cards (great for the holidays!)
Have a favorite recipe from your pre-gluten free days that you’re dying to make again? Just use a Better Batter mix as a replacement for the old mix. Kris’s mother and I came up with a plan to surprise Kris for his birthday – she’s in California, he and I are in NYC. Every year, she shipped him a special chocolate cake made from a family recipe. When Kris and I moved in together and decided to keep my kitchen 100% gluten free, Kris’s mother didn’t want to ship a gluteny cake to our door. So she asked if I could try making him the cake myself. I used the Better Batter Chocolate Cake Mix. Kris’s response – amazing. The only difference was a very slight change in texture.
To purchase Better Batter products – check local stores, order directly on www.betterbatter.org, or purchase on amazon.com (prime eligible).
GIVEAWAY! One winner will receive 3 Better Batter mixes! Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US residents only. Giveaway ends Monday December 25th at 11:59 EST.
Disclaimer: I am an affiliate of Bread SRSLY, and this post contains an affiliate link. This means I get a small commission that helps maintain the cost of this site (there is no added cost to you). I’ve received samples of this product, but I was not paid to write this post. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.
If you’re looking for a gift to really impress your gluten free loved one, look no further than Bread SRSLY! It’s my favorite bread on the market (I’m literally eating a slice as I type), and Kris, a Bay Area-native, agrees that the tangy sourdough taste is top notch.
Whenever newly diagnosed celiacs express struggles with finding good gluten free bread I immediately recommend Bread SRSLY. They are the masters of shipping across the country. The bread arrives fresh and can be refrigerated for several days. The really special thing – I’ve found that I don’t need to toast the bread for the first few days! It’s incredibly soft. A few days in I’ll start lightly toasting until it’s soft and warm. There’s no need to toast to the point of crunchy (unless you want to, of course). If you are gluten free, you understand how unique soft bread is. Left over bread can be sliced, then frozen for future toasting.
The last day to order your Bread SRSLY for the holidays is December 17th! All orders after that will ship the week of January 8th, so get on it!
GIVEAWAY! One winner will receive the GF Holiday Pack and tote bag featured above! Enter via the rafflecopter link below. US residents only. Giveaway ends Thursday December 21st 11:59PM EST. a Rafflecopter giveaway
Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this post. I received samples from this company. I am an affiliate of American Gluten Free, and this post contains an affiliate link. This means I get a small commission that helps maintain the cost of this site (there is no added cost to you). All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.
American Gluten Free subscription boxes are one of my top recommendations for holiday gifts. One click and your holiday shopping is done! All products are dairy free and gluten free (certified gluten free and/or made in a dedicated gluten free facility). You’ll find a surprising number of full size products as well as the occasional kitchen gadget in the Foodie Box. AGF also supports small businesses across the US, so you’ll find a surprising number of items that you have never seen before. I’ve tried other subscription boxes in the past, and I feel that the small business component of AGF really makes these boxes incredibly unique.
AGF offers several different options to help you find the right fit for your GF loved one (or yourself!):
Foodie Box (great for foodies who love to bake and cook – my personal favorite)
Kids Club Box
Vegan Snack Box
Pantry (single food items or kitchen gadgets from previous boxes)
(In photo: four Foodie Boxes)
I love American Gluten Free so much that I collaborated with them over the summer and curated this picnic themed box!
A special discount for my readers – use code “Tasty10” to get 10% off ANY subscription for LIFE – every box, every month, for as long as you are a customer. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!
Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this post. Izzi B’s Bakery provided me with a sample gingerbread house kit. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.
I’m bringing back another favorite for my second gluten free holiday giveaway – the Izzi B’s Allergen-Free Bakery Gingerbread House Kit!
About Izzi B’s:
Peanut/tree nut free
No trans fats
No refined sugar
No artificial colors or flavors
My favorite holiday tradition as a child was making a gingerbread house with my sister – it was a three day project, and the entire kitchen was covered in sugar. We haven’t spent Christmas together since I moved away from home, and I haven’t tackled a gluten free gingerbread house from scratch yet. I knew that I would enjoy Izzi B’s gingerbread house kit, but I didn’t realize just how much I would love it! Here’s the package that arrived at my home:
Everything in the box was perfect – included were sturdy pieces of gingerbread for the house, a few gingerbread people (and a reindeer!), a piping bag of powdered sugar (just add water), and candy/chocolate to decorate with. Click here to read the specific allergen information of the gingerbread house and the candy that is included (the allergen friendly candy comes from various different facilities). The directions were super easy to follow. Kris and I made this!
Making this gingerbread house was so much fun! I didn’t realize how much I missed this tradition. My heart swelled we pieced it together and made this tiny home. I love, love, love this kit, and I’m so glad that Izzi B’s Bakery is here to help other children (and adults!) share that joy.
Izzi B’s Allergen-Free Bakery is located in Norwalk, CT. There is no storefront, but they have pick-up options and ship all across the country! Visit www.ibcakes.com.
GIVEAWAY! One winner will receive a gluten free, allergen friendly gingerbread house kit from Izzi B’s! Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US residents only. Giveaway ends Wednesday December 13th 11:59pm EST.
Disclaimer: I was not paid nor giving product samples in exchange for this post. Krumville has provided me with samples in the past. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.
Happy start to the holiday season! Tis the season for giving, so I’m very happy to announce that all through December I’ll be posting a TON of gluten free giveaways from some of my favorite bakeries and small businesses! We’re starting with one of my very favorites – Krumville Bake Shop!
Krumville is a 100% gluten free bakery in NYC. You may remember last year’s post featuring their stunning cookies, which are perfect for the holidays.
But did you know that Krumville also makes the most delicious cakes? Two months ago Antonella, the founder of Krumville, surprised me with this chocolate cherry cake for my birthday! I am head over heels in love with their cakes. I’ve found that gluten free chocolate cake is particularly difficult to get right, but Antonella is a master baker and makes all of my GF cake dreams come true. Kris and I devoured it. I’m eyeing the Coconut Layer Cake and the Lemon & Berries Cake for my next special occasion.
Between the cookies, layered cakes, bundt cakes, muffins and focaccia, Krumville is one of my top picks for gluten free gifts and treats this holiday season (and every other season!).
Krumville ships nationwide (free shipping over $50!). This is an online bakery (no storefront), but if you’re in NYC they will deliver or you can arrange to pick up an order yourself.
GIVEAWAY! One lucky winner will receive a gluten free Gingerbread Cake from Krumville Bake Shop! Enter via the rafflecopter link below. Continental US residents only. Giveaway ends Monday December 11th at 11:59PM EST. Cake will be delivered by December 22nd.
I am so excited for this post! Throughout the years I’ve chatted with several children who have Celiac Disease. Each one was bright, well spoken, and empathetic, and they inspired me to create this post. I recently sent out messages on the facebook and twitter-verse asking parents to chat with their kids about the positive side of Celiac Disease and send me what their kids had to say (thanks to everyone who participated!). These kids are the BEST. While I’m stressing about food to eat at a wedding, these kids are conquering the universe! I hope this post will be inspiring to both children and adults. It’s certainly been inspiring to me.
What is the best part about having Celiac Disease?
“You get to see your insides on pictures after the biopsy”
“You feel amazing!” (10 years old, diagnosed 1 month ago)
“The best part is you are aware and can fix the problem so you feel better.”
“I don’t have to be sick” (9 years old, diagnosed at age 3)
“My mum makes me so many different foods I don’t feel I am missing out.”
“At class parties everyone else gets store bought cupcakes, but I get homemade cupcakes that are way better.”
“I get bigger treats” (4 years old, diagnosed 8 months ago)
“The gluten free pizza tastes better than the pizza with gluten.” (6 years old, diagnosed 1 week ago)
“You don’t have to share your yummy food as most think gluten free food is not good and has no taste.”
“If there is a food that I really don’t want to eat at a party, I can just say – hmmm, I’m not sure if that is gluten free. Sorry I can’t eat it!”
“I don’t eat a lot of junk food and other foods that I know I shouldn’t eat that much.” (9 years old)
“I am a kid that likes to eat” (7 years old, diagnosed at age 3)
“Sometimes I get bigger treats than the other kids” (7 years old, diagnosed at 18 months)
“I feel special because mum makes everything at home for me, and my brother and dad have to eat the same food! hahaha”
“That I’m like my mom” (8 years old, diagnosed at age 3)
“I love going to the Allergy Show in London with my mom every year. I like trying all the different foods – especially pizza! – and also meeting up with my mom’s Twitter friends. Also I love eating out at safe restaurants.” (11 years old, diagnosed age 5)
“The best part of having Coeliac Disease as a 17 year old is that I don’t have to share my food! I also love sharing my food finds on Instagram and in Facebook support groups. There’s a community that I would never have been involved in without having Coeliac Disease.”
“You are not like everybody else. We are different.”
What is better now that you eat gluten free?
“I don’t feel sick anymore” (9 years old, diagnosed at age 3)
“Much less pain! More people are beginning to understand what it’s like for me. The ready made food is always improving too.”
“I don’t really remember eating gluten containing foods. I’m learning new cooking and baking skills which I love!” (11 years old, diagnosed age 5)
“You don’t throw up.”
“Everything because I feel better and I can eat cake!”
“I always get to take my own food and I always know I will have food I like for lunch in school.”
“I’m not sick anymore! I prefer natural gluten free foods to begin with, like fruits and vegetables” (9 years old)
“I’m not throwing up anymore and it’s better for my body.” (6 years old, diagnosed 1 week ago)
“More cheese!” (his parents are vegan) (10 years old, diagnosed 1 month ago)
“That I don’t get sick” (7 years old, diagnosed at age 3)
“My health. I feel better all around” (4 years old, diagnosed 8 months ago)
“I don’t have any more tummy aches” (8 years old, diagnosed at age 3)
“I’m not so sad” (7 years old, diagnosed at 18 months)
“I make healthier choices because I guess I don’t have a choice. It forces me to eat better because I can’t eat the pizza and junk food that kids eat at birthday parties.”
“Now I eat gluten free I don’t feel ill at all, I have energy again, and I don’t feel sick constantly. I also know I’m not making my insides unhappy!”
What would you want to tell other kids your age who just got diagnosed?
“You are not alone. Don’t need to feel different.” (4 years old, diagnosed 8 months ago)
“It’s nothing but food so it’s no big deal.”
“You can make almost anything without gluten.”
“It’s a-ok and you can eat lots of things even cake and sometimes it’s even better than regular cake. Can you tell I like cake?”
“It’s okay, you just have to get used to eating gluten free. There’s a lot of great gluten free foods out there. I don’t feel like I miss anything.” (9 years old)
“It gets better! I cried at first but it’s really not bad.”
“That gluten free foods are good” (7 years old, diagnosed at age 3)
“It feels easier the longer you have it” (8 years old, diagnosed at age 3)
“You’re not the only one and there are other Celiac kids” (7 years old, diagnosed at 18 months)
“If someone is teasing you about the food like ‘You can’t eat gluten’ you can say ‘hey stop it!’ If they don’t stop you can tell their parents.” (6 years old, diagnosed 1 week ago)
“Don’t be scared, the food isn’t as bad as everyone thinks and in some cases it’s easy for your mum to make your favorite food gluten free.”
“Our cupcakes are way better than grocery store cake.”
“Don’t be worried. You’ll miss the foods you used to eat, but it will get easier. Always read labels and ask lots of questions when you eat out.” (11 years old, diagnosed age 5)
“As a 17 year old, you think it’s awful but honestly it’s not bad at all! There are groups that have events and provide support. Socially, your friends will understand and accommodate you but you have to stick to your guns and be gluten free because it’s what your body needs!”
“It’s not as hard after you get used to it” (9 years old, diagnosed at age 3)
“Class parties where everyone is eating cake except for you may suck at first, but in a year or so you’ll realize that it’s not a big deal at all. I don’t care now. I can eat a cupcake anytime.”
“The most important thing is to understand about Celiac and understanding everything you can and can’t eat so then you can educate others when they ask you questions.”
“It’ll be o.k.” (10 years old, diagnosed 1 month ago)
Do you have a child/teenager with Celiac who would like to contribute some positivity? Leave a comment or send me an email, and I’ll add their quotes to the list! TastyMeditation@yahoo.com