coeliac disease

A blog about coeliac disease.

GLUTEN FREE PRESCRIPTIONS – Action Against Allergy

5Apr

AAA support for coeliacs Action Against Allergy is giving its support to the campaign being co-ordinated by Coeliac UK to persuade the NHS to seek an alternative to their proposed withdrawal of prescriptions for the gluten free foods needed by … Continue reading

  

Coeliac disease and other concerns

18Jul

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Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects the digestive process of the small intestine. In people with coeliac disease, one of the proteins in gluten causes an inflammatory reaction in the small intestine, leading to the symptoms like pain … Continue reading

  

Frustration and anger of ‘may contain’ labelling

12Oct

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A very brief post as I am just off to catch a plane to Dublin to help launch the new Irish FreeFrom Food Awards! As you may already know, we at FoodsMatter are looking at starting a ‘freefrom’ assurance scheme the … Continue reading

  

The worm doctor

1Oct

The Worm doctor

“I achieved remission of chronic urticaria (with hookworms) at 5.5 months and was able to stop the certirizine at that point. Also by that point my migraines had completely stopped, headaches were minimal and I was having pain-free periods for the first time in … Continue reading

  

It’s August so…

20Aug

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The middle Sunday in August  and, apart from the leadership row in the Labour party, not a lot to write about so, guess what? Both the Mail and theGuardian dug out the old ‘coeliac food on prescription outrage’  and ‘food intolerance – fact … Continue reading

  

Dragons Mess with Coeliacs…

19Aug

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I do not watch the Dragon’s Den as I do not enjoy ritualised humiliation. I know that it is all about making entertaining telly, but there are other ways. And yes, I know – the Bake Off does ritualised humiliation … Continue reading

  

Emoji-ing food allergens

12Aug

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I have been having an interesting exchange over the last ten days with one of our long-time subscribers who sent me a link to a document on the UTC (Unicode Technical Committee) site. (The UTC, for those do not know, ‘is … Continue reading

  

Gluten Sniffing Dogs

10Aug

Who can ever resist a doggy story? Well, not many of us so, when you combine a dog with a feel good allergy story, you are away! We first tracked down allergen-detector dogs back in 2006 when we discovered PeanutDogs.com run by … Continue reading

  

Life Before ‘Freefrom’

4Aug

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  Paddy J was a subscriber to the original Foods Matter magazine and followed  a ‘freefrom’ gluten-free diet long before the term was invented. She does not have much patience with those food sensitive people who complain that there are not enough freefrom … Continue reading

  

And how are the new food allergen regulations being implemented?

29Jun

How have you found eating out since the new food regulations came in at the end of last year? I cannot resist another little salutary tale, this time to do with the implementation of the regulations in the food service industry. … Continue reading

  

Gluten recalls

22Jun

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  There was been a huge outcry on social media and elsewhere recently over gluten contamination that occurred in the Genius factory. It triggered a whole slew of products recalls not only of Genius products but of supermarket freefrom lines … Continue reading

  

Precautionary allergen labelling – have we got the balance wrong?

16Jun

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In managing food allergy there are two major hazards: The failure to recognise a food allergen that has been included in a dish as an ingredient and The accidental contamination of an otherwise allergen-free food with an allergen. But while … Continue reading

  

Why are we all avoiding gluten?

18May

You may have noticed that there’s been stratospheric growth in the gluten free food market. Here are two suggestions for what is powering that growth: 1. Gluten intolerance is not just about coeliac disease Last year, gluten expert Dr Tom … Continue reading

  

Gluten free bourbon cream biscuits

1Jan

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Ingredients 2 egg yolks 160 g of gluten-free plain flour 120 g margarine 180 g of golden castor sugar 2 heaped dessert spoons of gluten-free cocoa powder 90 g of plain chocolate – gluten-free 30 g of low-fat mascarpone Method … Continue reading

  

Got Leftovers? A Christmas rice salad Low FODMAP and Gluten Free

22Dec

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I have a hobby – I collect vintage Christmas decorations. The one in the picture, the watering can, was part of my granddad’s Christmas decorations and I remember it when we used to visit his house. It does look a … Continue reading

  

Christmas Eve special supper – spicy saffron red pepper and courgette/zucchini quiche

7Dec

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Low Fodmap, low lactose, wheat free + gluten-free. Ingredients 200g of gluten free wheat free flour mix. 90g of milk free margarine Pinch of salt (or 1 packet pastry mix for gluten free, wheat free pastry – this can contain … Continue reading

  

The first noel – carol singing with warm Low FODMAP sweet pies

1Dec

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It’s the first of December today – and so the countdown begins. I hope you have had a nice surprise this morning when opening your advent calendar for the first time. The evenings are dark early and it is a … Continue reading

  

Stir up Sunday – ‘free from’ fun! Low FODMAP, wheat free, gluten free, milk free

25Nov

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By this I certainly don’t mean devoid of pleasure! it is a tradition in our household to make Christmas puddings, but for this year I have decided to make a pudding that you can make just before Christmas and is … Continue reading

  

Grains galore! Super? Or perhaps not……………

13Oct

It appears that we have some grains that are ‘super’ according to the blogosphere, now I am not necessarily a fan of super foods which are proposed to be better for you than standard foods, but it is great for … Continue reading

  

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

13Sep

I often find myself working with clients suffering from IBS, both in my Hypnotherapy and in my Personal Training capacities. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or ‘IBS’, is a disorder involving a collection of symptoms that can include abdominal pain and cramping … Continue reading

  

Trout with salad – Low FODMAP, dairy free, gluten free

17Aug

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We are heading towards the end of Summer, early in the morning it certainly feels like Autumn is on the way. However there is still time left to enjoy a cold salad with a small glass of chilled white wine … Continue reading

  

Gluten free bread woes?

31May

The one anxiety people have when they are diagnosed with coeliac disease is the bread. People complain about the texture, the taste, the fact that sandwiches ‘are just not the same’, the slices are too small and they struggle with … Continue reading

  

Great News for coeliacs!

15Apr

Great News for coeliacs! There has been announcements this year from Primary Care Trusts (PCT’s) that they are putting Gluten Free Fresh Bread back on prescription formularies. This means you can get Fresh Bread on your gluten free prescription again. … Continue reading

  

A break from breakfasts – now for the science bit

13Feb

As I have recently worked my way through ‘inventing’ 15 gluten free and dairy free breakfast options, I think it is time to bring a bit of science back to my blog. Don’t worry, the food will be back, but … Continue reading

  

Gluten free pizza – great news for those with coeliac disease

11Dec

If there’s one thing I miss more than noodles and doughnuts, it’s being able to go out for a pizza. So I am very pleased to spread the word that Dominos, Pizza Hut and Prezzo are ALL OFFERING GLUTEN FREE … Continue reading

  

40% only visit GP after nudge from a friend or relative

5Dec

More than a third (40 per cent) of people say talking to a friend or relative about a change to their body that was playing on their mind encouraged them to make an appointment with a GP, according to a … Continue reading

  

Do you dine out gluten free? With Christmas coming up I have some tips!

13Nov

Hello my name is Jen and welcome to my 1st blog on talkhealth. I have been eating gluten free foods for the last 4 years after being diagnosed as having gluten sensitivity. I have to say eating out used to … Continue reading

  

INSOMNIA…NOOOOOOO – SLEEP-YEEESSSSSSS

22Sep

How much sleep do you get? Not getting enough sleep isn’t good.Requiring too much sleep can be just as bad…either way something could be wrong with your health. Sleep has ALWAYS been one of my favorite pastimes,as a teen, I … Continue reading

  

LOSING IT…MY HAIR

26Aug

At this moment, while writing this blog post…I am doing something I don’t like to do: getting my hair done. I would rather sit in a dentist chair than spend the many many hours it takes to get my hairconstructed. … Continue reading

  

AUTOIMMUNE OLYMPIADS

19Aug

Well, the Olympics are over. Thank God! Now I can get some sleep. I was so sleep deprived. I could have won a gold medal in crankiness. I am in awe when I see the super-human type feats executed by … Continue reading

  

CLEANING HOUSE

21Jul

Since I’ve written a blog post about poop, I feel as though I can talk to you guys about anything. We are all family, right? OK, so, I want to discuss with y’all a word that is even more vile … Continue reading

  

BOOST YOUR IMMUNE

23Jun

This week’s blog is dedicated to those who suffer from one or more autoimmune diseases. I take my hat off to you! Having to endure the daily struggles of your respective invisible illness is truly a heroic feat, and in … Continue reading

  

Coeliac Disease: How to avoid contamination with gluten free toast!

16Jun

Ok so I wanted to take a few quick moments to share with you the secret to how you can share your gluten-consuming family’s toaster without fear of contamination! Toasters are usually a hazardous looking object for coeliac disease sufferers. … Continue reading

  

Peppermint tea – great for stomach pains

4Jun

As all Coeliacs will know, it’s easy for your stomach/intestines to get irritated about something when you have a gluten-intolerance. The gluten damages the villi of your intestine, leaving it weak. Sometimes it’s easy to eat gluten by accident, and … Continue reading

  

What To Do If You’ve Just Been Diagnosed With Coeliac Disease

30May

For some people, finally being diagnosed with coeliac disease can be a relief! They’ve finally got an answer as to why they’ve been suffering for so long. For others [and myself], being diagnosed with coeliac disease can turn your world … Continue reading

  

Intro to me and coeliac disease

17May

When you tell someone you’re a coeliac, you’re often met with a blank stare followed by questions such as  “is that got something to do with seals?”, “is that one of those funny religious cults?”, “excuse me?”. It’s when you … Continue reading

  

Could You Go Without Gluten For A Week?

9May

Coeliac UK, the national charity for coeliac disease is challenging the nation to go gluten-free from 14-20 May to raise awareness of the daily food frustrations encountered by the 1 in 100 people in the UK who have coeliac disease. … Continue reading

  

Coeliac disease and osteoporosis: why exercise is so important

19Apr

I went to see a doctor a little while ago, and she suggested sending me for a DEXA scan, which measures your bone density. Out of however many years (at least ten!?) I have been at the same surgery, she … Continue reading

  

Coeliac…isn’t that a vegetable?

17Apr

I am not a fussy eater It is not an allergic reaction No, it isn’t contagious Yes, I can eat potatoes No, I can’t “just try a little bit” These endless questions and assumptions made about coeliac disease can be … Continue reading