A Celiac’s Gluten Free Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day date for many includes dinner, movie, or something a little special after, but for someone with Celiac’s Disease, Valentine’s Day can bring worry and stress. Enjoying a Gluten Free Valentine’s Day can be enjoyable if you think beyond the dinner plate.

The not so happy Diner

Those without allergies or food related reactions, going out for a meal with friends and loved ones is a time to socialize, have a good time, connect, and spend some quality time.  Maybe it is networking, getting to know someone, sharing ideas, or just catching up.

To someone with Celiac, each trip to a restaurant or eating out is like playing a game of chance.  Did the waiter explain to the cook your allergy?  Did they understand your concerns?  Will the chef cook your meal the way you asked and not accidentally cross contaminate your dish?  Will those plating the dish follow the same care and guidance required to make sure your dish is safe?   And finally, will the waiter remember to put your dish separate and not contaminate your food when they serve you?

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Welcome to MrCeliac.com

I’ve been diagnosed with Celiac disease since 2009.   It was a sigh of relief in a way to finally have an answer as to why everything I ate bothered my stomach.  After so much time being gluten free, and after seeing so many other resources on the web, I thought I would take the time to share my story, my tips, and my recipes.

A few years ago, I was told I had IBS-D in addition to my Celiac.  This blog will also describe how I am dealing with the ‘joys’ of IBS with medication, dietary changes, and also some physical/mental changes as well.

I live, work, and belong on Long Island.  From the beaches to the local access to all things big and small, there isn’t much to dislike about living here.  Maybe all things except for the taxes, traffic, and stress.


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