9 Things You Might Not Know About Celiac Disease

9 Things You Might Not Know About Celiac Disease

9 Things You Might Not Know About Celiac Disease

Good morning my beautiful friends! I hope you are all having a wonderful Thursday. As you all know or might not know, May is Celiac Awareness Month.

TRUST. When I say this if you or someone you know was recently diagnosed with celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity. BABES. No worries, we have some options.

WAY more then we did back when I was diagnosed when I was twenty. I have to admit it is amazing all the wonderful companies and brands and all the progress we have made when it comes to celiac awareness and also just support.

I am SUPER excited because I just started working for the Celiac Foundation in Denver. YAY!

Did you know that about 1 in every 133 Americans has celiac.? I know. It’s pretty insane.


Yeah. I know. It’s the question, everyone has.

Okay before I head into the 10 things you might not know about celiac disease, let’s clear the air and explain what it really is.

CELIAC DISEASE is an autoimmune disorder in where the body reacts to the gluten which is the protein found in grains like barley, and wheat. So basically what happens is that our body starts to attack against gluten by basically attacking the lining of our intestine. This will cause inflammation and makes it hard for your body to absorb nutrients.

THE EFFECT:  Some of the most common symptoms are digestive issues, like bloating, diarrhea, gas, and weight loss among others. You can also be like me and on top of that get inflammation in between the joints, a negative effect on my hormones, which then affects my mood and then on top of it all I also get a skin rash.

9 Things You Might Not Know About Celiac Disease


  1. Gluten is not just found in wheat. Unlike most people think, as mentioned above barley, and rye also contain wheat as do spelt and durum.
  2. There are over 300 symptoms. I mentioned some of the most common and the ones I have experienced, but there are so many out there and it varies from person to person.
  3. Celiac can cause other health issues. Cancer, infertility, a hormonal imbalance and so much more.
  4. It isn’t an allergy. It’s an autoimmune disease. Which means that having celiac and having an allergy to wheat is not the same.
  5. It is hereditary. If you happen to have a first-degree relative than you have a 10% chance of also developing it.
  6. It as simple as a blood test. YES. There is a blood test to screen for celiac.
  7. It can develop at any age. You can get it when you are a child and also later on in life.
  8. SOY SAUCE. Yeah, unless it’s tamari, soy sauce is made with wheat. TRY: tamari or coconut aminos.
  9. There is no cure for celiac. The only thing you can do is eat a gluten-free diet and be careful with cross contamination.

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The most frustrating part is, you feel like you cannot eat anything and like you are gonna be miserable when you go out to eat and so on. I will be honest, I prefer to either cook at home or go to places I know I can eat, but since I do travel a lot, doing research really helps.

I LOVE no bread. she has a guide for a few cities, I do make a guide of the cities I go to for later reference on where I can eat and so on. I tend to play it safe and go for eggs, or things like that. I love sushi, and if it really comes to it, I will go to Whole Foods and just grab sushi on the go, I get he individual packets of coconut aminos and take that with me whenever I go out to eat Asian food.


I would say that the best places to check out if you can go the paleo route, I always google paleo restaurants when I am going to a new city. Another great option is checking out raw vegan places since they are mostly gluten-free as it is. I would stay away from Italian, while most places now have gluten-free pasta options, this is not always the case. I look at seafood as an option, sushi, or even latin restaurants since I always find a good option there.

I will say that I always ask for the sauces and make sure there isn’t any flour in them and if anything I ask if it is possible to get the protein of choice without a sauce and roasted or grilled veggies is always available as is some sort of rice or potato dish, that most of the time are gluten-free.

While my friends sometimes do make fun and imitate me, it doesn’t bother me anymore, I laugh it off and even join them. I know they love me and are just teasing me.


I have a go-to flour blend and flour that I use in my baked goods, I really love experimenting with my own creations and use Cassava Flour 95% of the time, if I am just using a recipe that isn’t gluten-free and turning it gluten free I will use Bob’s Red Mill gluten free 1-to-1. 

While I am still on the journey of mastering a homemade gluten-free bread, I stick to pretty much the same type of gluten-free bread from Canyon Gluten Free Bread. I just recently discovered a crazy good pita bread, if you are plant-based and need a good quality veggie burger I ADORE the ones from Qrunch and even though I am not plant based 100% I eat these at least twice a week.

NEED a great pancakes recipe that is gluten free? TRY my favourite superfood pancakes. Try this sweet potato casserole that is gluten free and dairy free.

Loving Lately 4.17.18

Alright, my friends, I hope that you learned a little bit more about celiac and what foods are great options and how you can make your life easier. Do you or someone you know have celiac? 



Andrea Broom

Hi! I'm Andrea. A girl who loves her chocolate as much as her greens.

  1. I really knew almost nothing of Celiac Disease. Thanks for educating us and also helping people understand what they can eat to make themselves feel better.

  2. I know how hard it is to have an autoimmune disease. My dad was also diagnosed with an autoimmune disease (Vasculitis). It’s great to have articles like this because not all people are really aware of such diseases and what to do. Thanks for sharing.

  3. thanks for all the info – although I dont have celiac’s as a freelance chef I often have to make special meals for celiac clients and it took time to learn how to make meals that are just as delicious

    1. yeah, and it is amazing that we are heading in a place where it is easier to make delicious gluten-free foods.

  4. Something I needed to be educated in to be more understanding because I really didn’t know anything about Celiac disease. I would probably just die because I love love love bread and pastas.

  5. It must be so difficult to live with Celiac Disease, especially going out to eat. I also had no idea that Soy Sauce was made with wheat!

  6. I had no idea that SOY SAUCE was something you had to stay away from. Goodness! Glad that you’ve been able to find resources that have helped you eat out while you travel though. LOVE sushi!

  7. Its sooooo much easier nowadays than when I was cooking for a celiac 20 years ago! We had to call each manufacturer just to check on ingredients because the ‘wheat or gluten’ labeling wasn’t in force then! I hope they find a cure soon!


  8. Oh God! I was not at all aware about this celiac disease. I am not sure if restaurants cook gluten free pasta, because I just love italian food. I will keep these things in mind when we go out to eat. Thanks for this great informational post 🙂

  9. This is useful to understand people more. In today world where we are all about gluten-free and healthy choices is easier to live with this disease than it was before. It’s nice that there are so many sites to help you as well.

  10. I have heard about Celiac disease before, but I was unaware what the disease actually meant. Thanks for the helpful post! I love feeling informed about these things.

  11. Thank you for sharing this. I have recently been learning so much more about celiac and feel like there definitely needs to be more awareness of what it really entails.

  12. My nephew was diagnosed with Celiac disease around the age of 3. He is now 12, so to see how far gluten-free options have come both in stores and while eating out is pretty darn impressive. Have you tried Tate’s gluten-free cookies? They are YUM!

    1. i have not, but will give them a try. thanks for the recommendation and i agree its amazing how much is available now.

  13. I honestly did not know anything anout this. Thank for all the information you shared. It is helpful!

  14. I had never heard of celiac disease before. I have come across the symptoms but was never able to put a name on it. Not being able to eat gluten must be so hard. So many things you can ‘t eat!

    1. i think it was hard at first but now i feel like i there are basically versions of all of our favorites that are gluten-free.

  15. Interesting to read this and I’m actually really surprised that it’s only a 10% chance of inheriting celiac disease. For some reason I thought it was way higher!

  16. Yes soy sauce was a big one people didn’t realize along with salad dressings, candies and so many other things and the labels weren’t as clear 12 years ago.
    Also what they had blamed my infertility on.
    Thank you for sharing.

  17. Hi Andrea,

    I really enjoyed reading this post. I really think it was awesome of you to make a post so informative to the public. Sharing information like this is necessary. Thanks 🙂

  18. Love this post! I have a business card explaining celiac disease that I hand out at restaurants that really helps! I also look for 100% gluten free spots when I travel. I found two in a Copenhagen, a ton in Australia, and quite a few in most major US cities. (Besides Boston, that’s where i currently live.)

  19. This is a great educational piece for people who don’t know what Celiac is. I get so tired of people saying that the gluten free thing is just a fad.

  20. This is a much needed article. It will be so easy to give the link to persons who are curious or just plain misinformed about celiac disease.

  21. Thanks for sharing about celiac. Although it’s a challenge for some who have this and limiting their options on food, it is good that you have found ways to manage it.

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