Ok, well what actually inspired me to start writing this blog? After being diagnosed as a coeliac* in May 2008 I found the internet to be my new best friend – it provided me with a wealth of knowledge in terms of what I could (and couldn’t eat), where I could buy the yummiest gluten free products and info on the best places to eat in any country you could think of. The sources I found most useful were by gluten free bloggers; those who had first hand knowledge of eating at a restaurant where the staff are aware of what gluten actually is (you all know the waiter/waitress who looks at you with a panic stricken face as they are convinced you will go into anaphylactic shock if a grain of wheat ends up your plate) and what the first bite of the new Starbucks roll tastes like i.e is it so dry that you need a mountain of Diet Coke to wash it down!
After much procrastinating I sat down one day and thought just do it Claire. If it helps just one other gluten free tummy then I will be happy.
I plan to post about new products I have tried along with my old trusted favourites, restaurants I have eaten at and the Holy Grail that is eating on the go sans gluten! I will try, where possible, to post on a regular basis time permitting. Bear with me!
I hope you find my blog useful.
* Coeliac Disease (pronounced see-liac and spelled celiac in other countries) is a lifelong autoimmune disease. It is caused by the immune system reacting to gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. When someone with coeliac disease eats gluten, their immune system reacts by damaging the lining of the small intestine. The only treatment is a gluten free diet.