I was just diagnosed with celiac disease. I’m trying not to make a big deal of it even though I know it really is. (I’m malnourished and anemic so not eating gluten is a must, plus I have to make sure I’m not messing up my system so that I can absorb iron.) The restaurants in my town, south Mississippi, are all fastfood type places, but I work and have two small kids and don’t have a lot of time to cook. I need suggestions. I don’t know how to find good cheap food out to eat. Or are there even quick foods that I can make fast that are gluten free for everyone?
More and more Americans are diagnosed with celiac disease every day, so you’re certainly not alone. The good news is, as more people realize their bodies can’t tolerate gluten, there are more gluten-free options available at restaurants and grocery stores around the country. While your local choices may be limited now, at least it’s trending in the right direction. Here’s an idea to help spur it along: Why don’t you become a leader in your area, helping yourself and others? Talk to your local supermarket manager and submit written requests for gluten-free products. Grocery stores take product requests very seriously. Most (rightly) assume that a request from one shopper who’s willing to be vocal actually represents the sentiments of many other valued customers as well. Next, hit up those fast food chains. Over 200 restaurant chains now officially offer gluten-free menu items. If your local eateries don’t, maybe a nudge from you will make it happen. As far as cooking at home, Vivante Health as some gluten-free recipes here. We’re adding more all the time. And here’s another resource for some great, inexpensive gluten-free recipes.
– Susan F.
MSW/LCSW and Vivante Health Sherpa