Celebrating Celiac Disease Awareness Month
May is recognized as Celiac Awareness Month across the US. It holds great significance for the gluten-free community. Globally, Celiac Disease affects 1 in 100 people. Thus, it becomes pertinent to raise awareness about different gluten allergies and sensitivities.
We have put together a few simple ideas to celebrate Celiac Awareness Month.
- Educate Others: The foremost step is to make your fellows aware of celiac disease. You may start by talking about gluten, its common symptoms, and how to deal with them.
A creative way to make them learn about gluten-containing ingredients is by teaching them to avoid ‘BROWS’. The acronym stands for Barley, Rye, Oats, Wheat, and Spelt.
- Improve Culinary Perspectives: People new to gluten-free diets often get upset thinking about the loss of taste in their food. Though the comparison is inevitable, it is not justified. Today, several online marketplaces offer savory gluten-free products.
You may think of organizing a Gluten-Free feast at your place and inviting over friends and family. This can be a great opportunity to shatter stereotypes and create a positive outlook on the gluten-free diet.
- Leverage Social Media: As the online presence becomes more prominent, social media platforms can be utilized to share experiences.
Another way to celebrate Celiac Disease Awareness Month is to organize a zoom-call with your friends and share your unique gluten-free recipes. You may also send your friends gift cards for your favorite gluten-free brands.
- Get Screened for the Disease: It is often seen that people may exhibit a unique set of symptoms when it comes to gluten issues. These may indicate a gluten allergy, gluten sensitivity, or Celiac Disease itself.
Thus, it’s important to get accurately diagnosed. You can also encourage those at risk around you to go for a screening. There’s no better time to do it than Celiac Disease Awareness Month!
- Donate Gluten-free food: Access to gluten-free products is a privilege. We may often overlook the luxury of getting gluten-free food readily. However, not everyone is fortunate enough.
Try donating shelf-stable allergen-friendly items to local food banks or charities. There may be underprivileged children who have to compromise their health by eating glutenous foods. Reach them out with gluten-free crackers and other canned items. This would not only make a profound effect on their health but also give them peace and joy.
- Support Local Purveyors: May is a high time to recognize the locally-owned businesses that help you in your gluten-free journey. Undoubtedly, national brands are reliable but the commitment of local, specialty stores cannot be under-appreciated.
They bring out fresh and delicious gluten-free alternatives for you to relish. This Celiac Disease Awareness Month, consider thanking them for being affordable and accessible.
GFC (Gluten Free Cart) is a one-stop gluten-free store in Vancouver. We’re proud to support this important cause by providing you with delicious gluten-free options.
We provide a wide selection of gluten-free products from different vendors. They range from baked goods to snacks, beverages, and beyond. At GFC, we aim to ensure that our customers can enjoy their favorite foods without worrying about triggering a gluten reaction.
Join us in our mission of raising awareness about celiac disease and gluten-free products. Let’s paint the town green together!