A Blogger A Day: The Savvy Celiac
Why we’re fans: Amy is always on the ball. Whenever we catch wind of some news affecting the celiac and gluten-free community, Amy’s already blogging about it. And she doesn’t stop there. Posts on The Savvy Celiac often go beyond the hard facts and look at the bigger issues at hand. If you’re looking for thoughtful writing and thought-provoking topics, this blog is for you.
Amy’s Story: I am blogging for a few reasons: My daughter was diagnosed with celiac in 2000 at the age of 15 months (she’s now a healthy 12 year old). I was lost for a while, but I learned a lot of information along the way. Then my brother was diagnosed with celiac in 2008, and at the same time we took in a foreign exchange student from Norway who had celiac disease. My background is in journalism. So combine all of that background, and suddenly in October of 2008 I really felt like I had something to offer. The Savvy Celiac was born.
According to Amy: Dining out was one of the toughest and most unexpected parts of going gluten-free, while it’s not as bad as it used to be. I remember shortly after Emma was diagnosed, I was just trying to get her a bunless burger at McDonald’s. First time, it came with a bun. I explained she needed a new sandwich because she couldn’t have the bun. So the second burger I received– I stood there and watched the “cook” in back take my daughter’s burger off the bun, and put it in a new container for her. I firmly explained that I could have done that, and I needed the patty only with no bun ever touching it. Finally, on the third try, we got it.
I really didn’t think I was going to have to verbally wrestle with people so much when ordering gluten free food. It has gotten better, but I am still not convinced a lot of restaurants know what they’re doing.
A taste of The Savvy Celiac:
- Cooking Gluten-Free for Family or Friends? Please read this first: The idea behind this post was to for gluten-free folks to print and bring or forward to a friend who might be cooking for them (or maybe the cook finds it on their own). There are people out there who desperately want to cook for their gluten-free friends, but don’t know how. This was meant to assist in that area so they’re not guessing.
- Closing time: An Unfortunate Result of the Gluten-Free Trend and Bad Economy: I loved this post because it’s one thing my blog is about: Getting fresh gluten-free news, with a broad appeal. To me, it was about mourning the loss of our local gluten-free bakeries that had gotten my family and other families through those moments of frustration and sadness. We could finally just pick up a very tasty birthday cake, cookies or bread—just like everyone else. But suddenly, they started closing. This article delves into why it happened. The story was picked up by a local online magazine, Minnpost.com. Then our local FOX News station picked it up and did a story.
- Gluten-Free Rant: Why be a hater? I posted this the day after the craziness that erupted following the Facebook post by Damien Cardone claiming he was a chef and that he fed gluten-containing pasta to people who ordered gluten-free. I like to move stories forward; instead of doing the same article that other folks had very capably done about the news itself, I looked at why people need to be negative about gluten-free. It “helped” that I had a comment on my website just a few days earlier that was very negative. The Cardone article also lead to an interview with the owner of Florindo’s earlier this month. I felt it was important to hear his side of the story in light of the uproar. You can read it in my post, Gluten-Free Scandal’s Impact on Florindo’s.
For more of NFCA’s Celiac Awareness Month celebration, visit www.CeliacCentral.org/awarenessmonth.
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