Santa Cruz Celiac Support Group

Who we are

Serving Celiacs and Those Allergic or Intolerant to Wheat or Gluten In and Around Santa Cruz, California. Welcome to the Santa Cruz Celiac Support Group! This site supports celiacs and others who thrive on a gluten-free diet. Along with information about Santa Cruz area celiac events, restaurants, destinations, stores, and support, this site includes other information helpful to both new and experienced celiacs. Check out our site and explore all the wonderful gluten-free resources available in Santa Cruz.

Gluten-Free in Santa Cruz

How UCSC Handles Special Diets (2010)

Two months before starting UC Santa Cruz my doctor said I was severely anemic. After blood tests, iron infusions and an endoscopy I was diagnosed with celiac disease. I had a 7 day meal plan, what would I eat?

Favorite Restaurants

Here are some of the restaurants that are popular with celiacs in Santa Cruz and the surrounding cities. I myself haven’t been to all of them, but they have all been vetted by at least one celiac. Please remember to always check the ingredients of your meal, since menus can change

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Resources

Publications of Interest

Living Without Magazine A full-color national magazine dedicated to people with food and chemical sensitivities; many articles specifically about Celiac Disease. Published quarterly. Celiac restaurant cards are available in several languages.

National Celiac Support Groups

This list represents my current knowledge of the celiac community. As much as I try to keep it up-to-date, things are changing so quickly this is becoming harder all the time. So, if you find something that is not current or a link that does not work, my apologies, and do let me know so I can update my file.

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Living Gluten-Free

Eating Out Gluten-Free

Eating out is always a risky proposition for celiacs. No matter how careful you are, the presence of gluten in the restaurant makes contamination a possibility. Understanding this, I recommend being as careful as possible to avoid gluten as much as possible, but knowing that you cannot possibly check every ingredient used by the restaurant. It w

What can I bring for my (Gluten-free) lunch?

Lunch (or other meals) away from home can be a particular challenge, especially for young kids, but for adults as well. Gluten-free breads don’t travel well, and rice cakes or tortillas all the time can quickly lose their appeal. So what can you do when you need to brown-bag it? I’ve listed here some sandwich and non-sandwich options. Access

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About Us, Meetings, and Support

Meeting Information

We meet several times a year in various locations around Santa Cruz, usually on Saturdays. Meetings are informal and offer a chance for attendees to meet and talk with other celiacs to exchange experiences and offer support and understanding. We will occasionally have a special speaker at the meeting, which will be announced in advance.

About The Support Group

Santa Cruz Celiac Support Group Organization This group has been meeting since 1996, first in Los Gatos, then in Santa Cruz. Group founder and coordinator Pam Newbury has a husband and two sons with celiac disease. While she doesn’t have celiac disease herself, Pam adheres to a gluten-free diet, feeling, as one doctor put it, that “no

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Gluten-Free Recipes

Pam’s Perfect Pizza Crust

2 ¼ cups Brown Rice Flour 2 ¼ cups Potato Starch 1 teaspoon Salt 1 tablespoon Baking Powder optional: use if you want the crust to rise more 1 ½ teaspoons Xanthan Gum 2 cups Water at 120° F 1 tablespoon Sugar

Gluten-free Stuffing Recipe

To make this stuffing, I use dried bread cubes; this keeps the stuffing from turning into mush and makes for a nice texture in the finished stuffing.

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