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

Health Food Stores of Santa Cruz County

Food Bin 1130 Mission Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831)423-5526 New Leaf Market 1134 Pacific Avenue Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831)425 1793 New Leaf Market 1101 Fair Av

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.

Websites of Interest

North Bay Celiacs Bulletin Board Events and news of interest to local celiacs. The Gluten-Free Page Links to many other sources of information about Celiac Disease.

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Living Gluten-Free

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

The Celiac Maze

You enter the store for a gluten-free meal, But ingredient lists soon make your head reel. Now you’re wandering around in a glutinous daze Twisting your way through the celiac maze. Searching out gluten is not very easy— Make a mistake and you soon will feel queasy. You try to read labels: the words are so tiny, Next thing you know you feel grou

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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.

Support Services

One-on-one support For the newly diagnosed or those with questions that need to be addressed before the next meeting, Pam Newbury is available for one-on-one support by phone or e-mail.

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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

Vegetable Gravy

Here is an alternative gravy that is healthy and also great for low carbohydrate diets. You can also use the extra broth from this for the stuffing. If you are going very low carb, omit the carrots and replace with fennel.

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