May is over, therefore the official month of celiac disease awareness is also over. Celiac disease awareness does not have to be limited to a set number of days on the calendar. We can all strive to increase awareness about celiac disease and gluten sensitivity in our daily lives. Here are some ideas to help spread awareness and understanding:
- Eat out and order a gluten free meal. If the menu does not list items as gluten free, talk to your waiter about getting a safe, gluten free meal. Use this as an opportunity to teach your waiter about eating gluten free and what happens when a person with celiac disease eats gluten. If you do not have celiac disease, this is a good learning opportunity for you. How were you treated? Was your food as delicious as a gluten-containing dish?
-Host a gluten free party. If you are gluten intolerant, this is a win-win for you- you teach folks and get to eat a bunch of safe foods. If you are not, this is a great chance to teach your friends and family that gluten free doesn’t mean taste-free.
-Call a company and ask them if a product is gluten free. I recommend picking something that doesn’t outright contain wheat, rye or barley.
-Ask your child’s school how they handle children on a gluten free diet.
There are many more ways to get people thinking about the seriousness of celiac disease and how important the gluten free diet is for many people.
What else would you add to this list?