Please consider SHARING! 🙏🏻 12 things you may not know about Celiac Disease: 1) Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disease in which the ingestion of gluten (a general name for the proteins found in wheat, rye, barley and triticale) leads to serious damage of the small intestine. 2) 1 in 100 people worldwide have Celiac disease, and it affects an estimated three million Americans. 3) It is estimated that 83% of Americans who have Celiac disease are still UNDIAGNOSED, or they are misdiagnosed with other conditions and are still needlessly suffering. 4) 6-10 years is the average time a person waits to be correctly diagnosed. 5) There are over 300 symptoms associated with Celiac disease, and although the damage begins in the small intestine, Celiac disease can affect EVERY organ in your body. 6) There are a percentage of people with Celiac disease who do not experience ANY outward symptoms at all. It is unclear why some people have symptoms while others do not. However, people without symptoms will still have intestinal damage if they ingest gluten, even if they do not feel sick. 7) Celiac disease can lead to other disorders including Infertility, reduced bone density, neurological disorders, and some cancers; and in recent years, Celiac disease has been linked to a number of other autoimmune disorders and conditions, such as Type 1 Diabetes, Thyroid disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, and Rheumatoid Arthritis, as well as depression, chronic anxiety, etc. 8) 5-22% of people with Celiac disease have an immediate family member (first degree relative) who also has Celiac disease. 9) More children have Celiac disease than Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, and Cystic Fibrosis COMBINED. 10) Celiac disease can develop at ANY age after people start eating foods or medications that contain gluten. 11) The later the age of Celiac disease diagnosis, the greater the chance of developing another autoimmune disorders. 12) There is currently no cure for Celiac disease and the only treatment is lifelong adherence to a 100% gluten-free diet (even then, up to 20% of people with Celiac disease do not respond to the gluten-free diet and remain ill). Celiac.org for info
Great article from @verywell (link to article is spelled out on image). Probably one of the most concise, informative and ACCURATE articles on the subject of Celiac Disease out there...highly recommended reading! #celiac #resource
About a month ago, I was contacted by Dr. Jen Marone of @dr.jensnutrition, a chiropractor and health professional located right here in Las Vegas, who also happens to be gluten intolerant, asking if I would be interested in sampling her new ULTIMATE PROTEIN BARS. Not only are they gluten-free, they are also vegan, soy-free, corn-free, high in fiber, non-GMO, and low in sugar, with no artificial flavors OR preservatives!!! On top of all that, they are packed full of a bunch of healthy superfoods, like quinoa, kale, spinach, and pea protein. Sounds too good to be true, right?!?! That's what I thought. But, shockingly, they actually TASTE GREAT too!!!!! And because of all that whole food goodness, they keep you feeling full and satisfied for a long time. The bars are super smooth and creamy; and, best of all, there is none of that weird after-taste, like you get with so many other healthy protein bars out there. Even my husband, who does NOT have to be gluten-free, LOVES these bars!! Right now, there are 2 flavors available via their website: Double Chocolate Almond and Double Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Dr Jen mentioned that they are in the process of prototyping even more flavors that will hopefully be available soon! Be sure to check them out and tell me what you think! :-)
Hey everyone! Wanted to let you know about a fantastic new option for GLUTEN-FREE PIZZA here in Las Vegas that just opened! It’s @mypiepizzavegas and it’s located in the Centennial Shopping Center at 7930 W Tropical Pkwy #130, 89149. Went for the first time last night, and it was AWESOME! Got to meet the owner, Robert Lee, and spent a lot of time talking with the general manager, Buddy Wagner, who was a former sous chef on the Strip and is very knowledgeable regarding gluten-free and the concern for possible cross-contamination. We went over their process when you ask for a GF pizza (AND you let them know it’s because you have Celiac or an allergy, and not just because of a preference), and I was really impressed with the procedures they’ve put in place. They changed their gloves, had separate screens for the GF pizza dough (the gluten-free dough is kept SEALED until it’s used), had special wooden paddles used only for GF pizza, had one pizza sauce bin that is ONLY used for GF pizza, got made-to-order toppings from under the counter (instead of the ones on the line) just to be safe, cooked the GF pizza a bit longer than the regular pizza (5-min as opposed to 2-min at 800 degrees, knowing, as we all do, that sometimes GF crust can be soggy and chewy in the middle if not cooked enough), etc, etc!! I was super impressed with everything, and the pizza was REALLY good! They even carry a gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free brownie you can get for dessert (it’s definitely not sugar-free though, which is probably why it tasted so dang AMAZING)!!! LOL And all the prices were really reasonable...even with the $2.25 up-charge for GF crust, my pizza was just over $10. That’s it!!! All sauces (except for Alfredo) are gluten-free, as well as all their toppings (except for the obvious meatballs). As usual, we will plan to go a few more times before we can add them to our “recommended restaurants list” on our website, but I feel super comfortable saying I was really impressed and I encourage you to check them out... (full review continued in comments below ⬇️)
So excited that we finally got to visit the new Senza Gluten-Free Bakery in Las Vegas yesterday! Wow, so incredible. 100% dedicated gluten-free kitchen. The owner Jan was super sweet, and we had such a fabulous time chatting all about her bakery, her delicious recipes, and her passion for providing great tasting, gluten-free baked goods at an affordable price! The menu changes a bit daily, but they always offer at least a few yummy breakfast items (even some that are vegan/dairy-free), 1 or 2 types of fresh bread, 4-5 different flavors of cookies, and a variety of other GF treats like muffins, cupcakes, chocolate covered macaroons (which were my absolute FAVORITE find of the day!!), coffee cake, cinnamon rolls, etc. We were pleasantly surprised by how good EVERYTHING tasted. And, as I said, how AFFORDABLE everything was compared to most specialty gluten-free bakeries. We got everything shown in the photo there for just over $12 bucks total (and that included tax)!! I highly recommend you check them out as soon as you can. They’ve been open less than a month, and they could really use all the gluten-free community love and support we can possibly provide. They’re located in the SW at 9640 W. Tropicana Ave, Suite 119 (west of 215 & Fort Apache, just behind In-N-Out Burger) and their phone # is 702-354-1305. Mention we sent you and get a FREE gluten-free cookie!! 🍪
IMPORTANT UPDATE: @lamaisondemaggie is NO LONGER safe for those with Celiac. When they first opened, we were invited down by the manager at the time and were told that they absolutely could accommodate gluten-free, and that they would take any precautions needed (even utilizing an extra grill in the back if need be). And in the first few weeks of them being open, I ate there a few times and never had an issue (that’s why they have been listed on our Gluten Free In Las Vegas website as safe for Celiacs). Sadly, I just received an email from someone who just tried to go there and was apparently told that they will NOT take any precautions...at all. So, I called them and spoke with the owner, and was told it is definitely no longer safe for Celiacs (and apparently, hasn't been for a long, long time). Gee, it would have been nice for one of them to let me know, since we’ve been giving them tons of free advertising just by way of being listed on our Gluten Free In Las Vegas website all this time. UGH!!!! :-( Anyway, if you are not Celiac, but just trying to avoid gluten, this could still be a great place to eat...but NOT if you have Celiac. It’s just too risky.