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

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.

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

Birthday Party Tips

If your child is going to a birthday party at a home where they do not know about your child’s special diet, always contact the host family before the party and discuss food options.

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

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About Us, Meetings, and Support

Central California Online Celiac Support Group

Join the Celiac Bay Area online support group to connect with the local celiac community from Monterey to San Francisco. We offer each other support in our journey to better health while living with celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Ask questions, exchange recipes, discover gluten-friendly restaurants and businesses, find out about local

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.

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Gluten-Free Recipes

Fish Sticks

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

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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