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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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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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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