Yes, I know.
Once again I am behind the 8 ball, here it is May 9th and I am only just now mentioning Celiac Awareness Month. My bad.
But, the good folks over at the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness were way more on the ball than me, thank goodness. I’ve done some work with them in the past, and they are always doing stellar work for the celiac and gluten free communities.
National Celiac Awareness Month is here, and what celebration would be complete without a blogger campaign? This year, the NFCA rounded up 16 bloggers for a series chronicling every stage of the gluten-free journey, from Day 1 basics to advanced cooking and advocacy.
In keeping with this year’s theme, Keep It Simple and Safe, each blogger is offering 5 key tips or lessons related to that day’s topic.
- Monday – Cooking/Baking Gluten-Free
- Tuesday – Nutrition/Wellness
- Wednesday – Raising a Gluten-Free Kid
- Thursday – Dining Out Gluten-Free
- Friday – NFCA Resources You Should Know About
Schedule and Guest Bloggers:
Week 1: Just Diagnosed (April 30-May 4)
- Anne Byrn of The Cake Mix Doctor – Reading labels and cooking with boxed mixes
- Shirley Braden of gluten free easily – Avoiding hidden gluten
- Kathleen Reale of Be Free for Me – Talking to your child about celiac disease
- Lisa Garza of Gluten Free Foodies – What questions to ask when dining out
- NFCA – Discover NFCA’s Getting Started Guide
Week 2: Getting the Hang of It (May 7-11)
- Shauna Ahern of Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef – How to cook and bake gluten-free from scratch
- Erin Elberson of Gluten-Free Fitness – Weight gain and gluten-free processed foods
- Heidi Kelly of Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom – Talking to family & friends about your child’s gluten-free needs
- Chandice Probst of Gluten-Free Frenzy – Trying new gluten-free dishes when dining out
- NFCA – Free Webinars: The easiest way to get new information
Week 3: Hitting a Roadblock (May 14-18)
- Diane Eblin of The WHOLE Gang – 5 tips to get out of a food rut
- Alisa Fleming of Go Dairy Free – First gluten-free, now lactose intolerant? 5 tips to becoming a dairy-free diva
- Wendy Kaho of Celiacs in the House – Gluten-free challenges at school
- Michael De Cicco-Butz of Gluten-Free Mike – Traveling while gluten-free
- NFCA – 5 resources to handle life’s hurdles
Week 4: What’s Next? (May 21-25)
- Amie Valpone of The Healthy Apple – Publishing your gluten-free recipes
- EA Stewart of The Spicy RD – Healthy gluten-free foods you’ve never heard of
- Katie Chalmers of G-Free Kid – 5 tips to empower gluten-free kids
- Carrie Forbes of Ginger Lemon Girl – Starting a gluten-free dining group
- NFCA – Ready to fundraise? Here’s how to start
For more Celiac Awareness Month fun at the NFCA, including a chance to win a Gluten-Free Pantry Raid, visit CeliacCentral.org/awarenessmonth .
My post is titled “5 Tips to Avoid the Pitfalls of Processed Gluten Free Food and Weight Gain.” Check it out and share! It’s something we’ve all been though at some point.
Also for Celiac Awareness Month, Rudi’s Gluten Free is offering their “Spread the Bread” campaign and donating $$ to the celiac organization of your choice. I recommend the NFCA, but all the organizations are doing fantastic work and your donations will be well spent. They are going to give up to $30,000 back to the amazing organizations making a difference in our community.
Through the rest of May, fans of Rudi’s Gluten-Free on Facebook will be able to select one of four celiac organizations (Celiac Disease Foundation, Celiac Sprue Association, Gluten Intolerance Group and National Foundation for Celiac Awareness) to receive a $1 donation from Rudi’s Gluten-Free and will then be able to download a $1 off coupon for any Rudi’s Gluten-Free product. It’s as simple as, “Get a Dollar. Give a Dollar.” It’s a win/win! I almost always have a loaf of Rudi’s Multi Grain Bread in my freezer.
For more info, you’ll want to check out Gluten Free and Fit 101, where I’ve compiled posts that I think would be most helpful to those starting on a gluten free diet, or those who have been eating gluten free, but are ready to kick up their nutritional know how and health status to the next level.
If you’re tired of searching around for information and want a step by step system for living a healthier gluten free life, then check out my “7 Quick Start Tips for Living a Healthy Gluten Free Fit Life.”
So there you go. Happy Celiac Awareness Month! Go spread some knowledge bombs and spread the bread as well.
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