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

How To Determine If A Product Is Gluten-Free?

The best way to determine if a product is gluten-free is to contact the manufacturer. Reading labels only tells part of the story; you can determine if a food contains gluten by looking at the label, but you cannot determine if it is gluten-free; this is true even with the labeling law that went into effect in January 2006: only wheat is specifi

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.

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

Fish Sticks

This recipe was modified from a recipe in Molly Katzen’s recipe book for kids.

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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