A Blogger A Day: Gluten Free Mom
Why we’re fans: Going gluten-free is one thing, but being a parent of a gluten-free kid adds a whole other level. Jamie skips the jargon and tells parents what they really want to know. What candy can my kid eat? How do we prepare for road trips? Will our family traditions ever be the same? Jamie doesn’t have the only answers, but she does know what works for her family – and that can be the reassurance parents are looking for.
Jamie’s Story: My oldest daughter, the Gluten-Free Teen, was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2005. I have the genes for celiac disease, but after feeling good for the first time ever in my life, I declined to get back on gluten to have the endoscopy. I am also allergic to dairy. My middle child is gluten intolerant and has a dairy allergy.
According to Jamie: The most challenging part of raising a Gluten-Free Teen may be the “teen” part! In all honesty, even though the diet is challenging, I can say that my Gluten-Free Teen is totally “normal.” She went to prom, has a boyfriend, just got her driver’s permit, hangs out with her friends constantly, plays volleyball and has straight As in school. It required some extra work, but we have traveled all over the world – Mexico, Hawaii, Ireland, London, Paris, and both coast of the US. My Gluten-Free Teen is a great cook, and we have a very healthy diet. Yes, there are moments when it is challenging (especially when traveling) but all in all, we have been blessed with a happy healthy lifestyle.
A taste of Gluten Free Mom:
- Our Favorite Gluten and Casein Free Snack Bars: We LOVE these bars!
- London and Paris Gluten-Free: We love to travel!
- Gluten-Free Lunch at Razzis in Seattle: This is our favorite place to eat in Seattle.
For more of NFCA’s Celiac Awareness Month celebration, visit www.CeliacCentral.org/awarenessmonth.