A blog about coeliac disease.
The Perfect Watercress Soup – low FODMAP
Watercress soup is sublime and tradition in our household means that we have it as a starter every Christmas. I have considered the fact that we can’t use onion – the complete taste profile onion gives to the dish – …Continue Reading
Going Vegan? ?
You may already know of the many benefits of going Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Flexitarian; ? To name a few: * Better digestion * Improved metabolism * Improved energy levels * Improved circulation * Healthy weight loss * Improved detoxification ability …Continue Reading
Frustration and anger of ‘may contain’ labelling
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
“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…
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…
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
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
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’
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
Precautionary allergen labelling – have we got the balance wrong?
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
Gluten free bourbon cream biscuits
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
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
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
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
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……………
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)
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
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?
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
A break from breakfasts – now for the science bit
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
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
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!
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
Coeliac Disease: How to avoid contamination with gluten free toast!
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
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
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
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?
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
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?
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