Get Educated and Find Support

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It’s day eight of the 10 Days of Gluten Free blog hop!  I am covering topics related to getting started on the gluten free diet.  Be sure to visit the other participating blogs listed at the end of this post.  Each one is covering a different gluten-free topic and has a great giveaway you can enter.

Get Educated and Find Support

No matter what your reason for being gluten free, there is a lot to learn.  You need to learn about the topics I have covered here such as what gluten free means and reading labels.

You need to learn about the effect of gluten on your body and how careful you need to be in avoiding gluten.

You need to learn how to deal with friends and family members and how to eat safely in social situations and at restaurants.

I can’t cover all of that information in this series, but you can find more information on my gluten free diet and celiac disease pages.  But there are many other wonderful resources.

Wendy at Celiacs in the House is covering the topic of resources for this blog hop.  You would benefit from reading over her posts and use the resources she recommends.

It is also important to find support.   It helps to talk to people who are going through the same process you are as well as those who have more experience than you do.

You can find support online through blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and forums.  Those are all great, but I highly recommend finding a “real life” support group too.

There are gluten-free support groups in many areas.  Even if it is called a celiac support group, it is very likely open to anyone on a gluten-free diet.

Support groups often have guest speakers and gluten-free vendors.  They are a great source for information as well as emotional support.

Giveaway

Gluten-Free-Diet

Shelley Case is giving away a copy of her book Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide.  The title is an appropriate description.  This book would be useful to anyone on a gluten-free diet.

Giveaway Guidelines

  • This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents 18 and older.
  • You are allowed one entry per “10 Days of Gluten Free” blog post for a total of 10 entries on this blog.
  • Enter by leaving a comment on this post (and other 10 Days of GF posts)
  • The giveaway begins May 7, 2012 and ends at 11:59 pm eastern time on May 18, 2012.

No purchase is necessary.  Odds of winning are based on the number of entries.  The winner will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen.

10 Days of Gluten Free Continues:

These bloggers have great tips and ideas to share with you.  Please stop by and remember to enter the giveaways.




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Comments

  1. It is important to learn about what celiac disease is and what gluten intolerance means. It is also important to find support – whether it is from family, friends, or support groups – it is a challenging lifestyle. To find support, you have to talk about it – that’s how I find other people who have to avoid gluten. I see their eyes light up when I mention that I’m gluten intolerant and they say “I have that too” or “I have celiac disease” and we can help each other with information.

  2. I don’t know how we would survive this without the web and great posts like yours.

  3. Getting involved with a support group is one of the best things you can do. You do not feel alone in your disease and also there is a lot of info given out.

  4. I meet a lot of gluten free people at the grocery store believe it or not. I’ve had some really good conversations while waiting in the checkout line. The first four years I had my Mom who had been trying to live gluten free for 30 years to talk things over with. We approachd gluten free life very differently, but she gave me ideas and I gave her ideas.

  5. Natalie says:

    I’d like to find a support group in middle Georgia.

  6. I think the most important thing to remember is that you will have to be your own advocate and seek out information. There is so much information floating around that it can be overwhelming at times, and not all information is good or relevant, especially if it doesn’t come from a reliable source. One day the information will be more concrete, but until then we need to learn as much as we can and then use that information to make good choices.

  7. Deanna says:

    I too have met several people in the gluten free section at the grocery store. It’s nice to get opinions and other ideas. We don’t have any local support groups here. It’s something I have wanted to start. Thanks for all of your info!

  8. Jessica B says:

    Thanks for posting!

  9. Thank you to you ladies and guys that written up these Blogs, all of you. I learned so much from you, different support through Facebook and my own local support group. Without you I would be still in the dark on many areas on this disease. :)

  10. Thanks for the info, I keep meaning to try out a meeting!

  11. I am blessed to have a fabulous hubby that fully supports and researches new options for me.

  12. Cindy W. says:

    I have found gf blogs to be a huge support and great source for information.

  13. Angel R. says:

    We love our celiac support group!

  14. Nadine I says:

    I am getting so much information from the blogs. It’s very helpful

  15. I haven’t found any local support groups so having the gluten-free bloggers online has been a real help to me. It’s pretty overwhelming at first and I’d just be lost without the online help. And most of the bloggers have been so willing to help with advice and answers to questions.

  16. Thanks for the information. I will pass this on to my college bound daughter!

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