Santa Cruz Celiac Support Group

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

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

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