• 610,000 women in the US experience unexplained infertility; 6% (36,600) of these women might never learn that celiac disease is the cause.
  • Your chance of having celiac disease is greater if a family member has it.
  • Those diagnosed with celiac disease between 2-4 years of age have a 10.5% chance of developing an autoimmune disorder.

Source: University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center

Simply Gluten Free

Staying gluten-free can be challenging since so many social events revolve around eating and the sharing of food. Try these tips from How to Live Well with Gluten Intolerance - one of the self-care motivation card sets available on our website. Find more information on our website to help you stay motivated to follow your gluten-free diet:

  • Make it easy. Consult with a nutritionist or chef and develop a food plan that is tailored to you.
  • Relax. Getting the right diagnosis may be the most difficult part of becoming gluten-free.
  • Teach others about your diet, and introduce them to gluten-free snacks. Some to share are Schar Table Crackers, Conte's Gluten-Free Margherita Pizza, and Julie's Organic Gluten-Free Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies, as well as vegetables dipped in hummus (try lentil, edamame, or white bean hummus) or fruit dipped in vanilla- or maple- flavored greek yogurt.
  • Make it fun. From Laurie Colwin, author of Home Cooking: "One of the delights of life is eating with friends, second to that is talking about eating. And, last, there is talking about eating while you are eating with friends."

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Lauren Hoover-West is an expert chef and educator who specializes in food allergies and health issues, including diabetes, celiac disease, and inflammatory conditions.

Q: Is it difficult to switch to a gluten-free diet? No, it's not difficult, but it does take some time. Once you learn all of the basics you can be successful with your new diet whereever you may be eating. I teach people how to menu plan, order out, shop, and cook meals, snacks, beverages and dessert so they can make the transition easily.

Q: Does gluten only occur in food? Everything that goes through our skin and scalp goes directly into our bloodstream. So, shampoo, conditioner, soap, and hair products often contain gluten. It is usually labeled as Triticum (latin for wheat) or Wheat Germ Oil (Triticum Vulgare). Read the labels of all your skin care products.

Q: I like pasta, bread and pizza. Is there really anything else worth eating? Most recipes can be revamped to be delicious without gluten-containing ingredients. Even discerning palates are satisfied. Just be sure if you have fish that you select wild, because farm-raised fish are often fed a diet of wheat protein. Fast-food restaurants offer gluten-free items on their menu now if you chose to eat at them.

Lauren trained at The California Culinary Academy, has appeared on ABC Live in Chicago, and is the author of the No Wheat No Dairy No Problem cookbook, and the blog

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