IMPORTANT - DO NOT begin a gluten free diet prior to being tested for Celiac Disease. In order to
get an accurate test result, you must still be consuming gluten. Starting a gluten free diet prior to testing
may produce a false negative. Always check labels, ingredients can change without notice.
Gluten Free Basics
While all this may seem overwhelming, you do have help available to you. Check out the Quick & Easy Menus. These
menus include just the basics to get you started. There are a lot more choices out there to make your new eating
lifestyle easier. Always check labels, ingredients can change without notice. Come to a support group
meeting for more options. If you don't live close enough to attend meetings, visit our Ventura County Celiac Bulletin Board,
right here on this website! This is a special board for questions, information, recipes, and getting to know other celiacs.
• Hand Lotion (biting fingernails)
• Lip Products (licking lips, etc)
• Shampoos and Hair Sprays (running down face into mouth, breathing in spray)
• Play Dough (or anything that might coat kids’ hands)
Gluten Isn't Always Obvious:
Be sure to check all medications. Generics not made in the US are the most likely to contain gluten.
Ask your dentist if the cleaning and other products he will use are gluten free. Many dental products are not.
While gluten cannot be absorbed through the skin, be aware of anything that may accidentally get into your mouth like:
• When purchasing bread, divide loaf into 2 slice sections, puth into baggies and then in a larger bag before freezing.
• Dedicate shelves and cabinets in your kitchen and refrigerator to "gluten free food only" sections.
• When cooking, make extra and freeze individual meals in plastic containers.
• When you discover a favorite recipe, make several Ziploc bags of the dry ingredients for future use.
Organize and Simplify:
• Use squirt bottles for mayo, mustard, jelly, etc. to avoid contamination.
• Mark GF containers with "GF" on the lid and non-GF or contaminated food items with "NGF".
• Be sure to use a dedicated toaster for GF foods only or buy toaster bags.
• Clean out silverware drawers. These are great crumb collectors.
• Replace your old wooden spoons and cutting boards. They can hold hidden gluten.
• Replace old Teflon pans. The surface is porous and can hold gluten.
• Use disposable dish rags/sponges.
• Use separate strainers and cooking utensils when cooking non-GF and GF pasta at the same time.
• Clean food prep areas.
This web site has been designed to be a general information resource. However, it is not intended for use in diagnosis, treatment, or any other medical application. Please contact your
medical professional for medical advice regarding your situation. This information is not warranted and no liability is assumed by the author or any group for the recommendations, information,
dietary suggestions, menus, or recipes. Products mentioned or omitted do not constitute endorsement. Please verify the gluten free status of products often for your own protection.
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