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

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

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?

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Resources

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.

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.

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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

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

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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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