Sign up for the National Celiac Association Symposium in Boston This November: Featuring Top Clinicians from the Harvard Hospitals including Dr. Fasano, Dr. Liechter, Pam Cureton, MS, RDN, Tricia Thompson, MS, RDN Melinda Dennis, MS, RDN and many more.
Discounted tickets and room available until the event sells out or mid- October,whichever comes first. https://nationalceliac.org/2018-celiac-disease-symposium/
Gluten-Free Food Program (GFFP) Program for Certifying Restaurants, Hospitals, & Colleges Endorsed by the National Celiac Association
Provides establishments with the framework for consistent delivery of gluten-free food by providing training, standards, best operating practices and third-party verification audits.
GFFP is the only certification program for the food service and hospitality sector that is endorsed by the National Celiac Association. We help committed operators grow their business by marketing their efforts to the gluten-free community.
Provides the consumers with easily identifiable and recognizable brand marks. GFFP USA Inc helps consumers find safer, more reliable gluten-free options when dining out.
To find trusted establishments visit: www.gf-finder.com
Every so often something comes along that really gets us excited and this is just that! The National Celiac Association welcomes our partnership with the Gluten-Free Food Program (GFFP). The GFFP offers a strong and impressive program certifying companies in the hospitality industry. Restaurants, hospitals, colleges, and others will greatly benefit from this certification because don’t we all want to eat at places we know are safe?
July 22, 2018 --Sunday, 12-3pm; Picnic and pool party for families and friends will be held in Encinitas.
We will have an audience Q & A session with San Diego's top-notch celiac specializing dietitian EA Stewart, BS, MBA, RDN. The event is geared toward adults and children of all ages.
JUST FOR KIDS: Enjoy our annual pinata fun for kids with gluten-free candies (we will publish the list of candies in advance and you can decide whether you would like your children to eat them in advance) and non-food treats, plus swimming, and lots of climbers and sand play available at the site.
This event is always well attended, and we will have quite a few hard backed chairs and a couple of picnic tables available, but if possible we recommend bringing a few lawn chairs for yourself.
Some of our picnic lunch will be catered by 2Good2B, a dedicated gluten free cafe/bakery. Mountain Mike's will provide the pizza. Although it is not a dedicated gluten free restaurant, employees have been trained in the prep of gluten free pizza.
Bread, fresh fruit, dessert, and bottled water will be provided by NCA San Diego Board Members.
Entrees include a House Salad (mixed greens, cucumber, tomato and shredded carrots, served with balsamic dressing) and freshly baked pita bread.
Chicken breast with zucchini, red onion, bell pepper and button mushrooms. Tossed in a cilantro and citrus vinaigrette and roasted in the oven.
Zucchini, red onion, bell pepper and button mushrooms. Tossed in a cilantro and citrus vinaigrette and roasted in the oven.
Cheese Pizza, 10 inch (Dairy Free Cheese available)
Cost $10/person. Make reservations early as the event is likely to fill up.
The NCA San Diego Board Members are doing their best to provide safe luncheon options. Of course, there is always a small risk of cross contact when dining out. We advise that anyone concerned about certain ingredients contact us at email@example.com.
Are Our San Diego Restaurants, Hospitals, Schools, Bakeries, Camps, and Care Facilities Using a Gluten-Free Training Program?
To Minimize Risk of Cross Contaminated Grains, Lentils, Flours, & Seeds Choose Only Those Actually Labeled Gluten-Free
Please pass these on to area restaurants, dining facility managers, head chefs in schools, camps, senior centers and hospitals and gluten-free bakers in San Diego for Celiac Awareness Month:
We're sorry to hear that and would love to try to support you. We know it can be overwhelming when you're diagnosed figuring out what the disease means, what you can't/can eat, and how to adjust your lifestyle. Our San Diego non-profit support group of over 100 people of all age groups are also here for you or your diagnosed family members or children.
As your diagnosing medical doctor may have told you, a lot of dietitians are not necessarily trained in following a celiac safe gluten-free diet or are keeping up on the sometimes monthly important changes in packaged products or products. grains, flour, lentils, and seeds, that you think should be naturally gluten-free but may get cross contaminated in trucks, mills, or processing
The most important tool for those newly diagnosed is surely to connect with one of the several knowledgeable celiac specializing dietitians in San Diego. We believe connecting with them will shave many months off of your learning curve for following a celiac-safe gluten-free diet. It's incredibly helpful to have a support group, also. Getting help from a celiac specializing dietitian and participating in a support/advocacy group were two of the top recommendations by the National Institute of Health for those newly diagnosed with celiac disease.
Additionally, here is a special powerpoint presentation just for those who are newly diagnosed with celiac by the National Celiac Association (NCA) in Boston and expert celiac dietitian Melinda Dennis, MS, RDN as a starting point. The presentation was also reviewed by several doctors on NCA's Board. It was last updated in May 2018.
If you should like to contact us, or setup a get together with one of our Board members, please feel free to reach out to our Vice President Michele Vargas at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have kids/teens/parents that are happy to talk or get together with you if we can help.
Our famous local San Diego strawberries are at their peak right now! Time to make #homemade #gluten-free #strawberry jam! Add the juice of 1-2 local meyer lemons plus the zest of one lemon to your batch to add dimension and acidity (for safety) to the jam.
USDA's Principles of Home Canning
USDA's 2015 Guide to preparing home jams and jellies
Tips on making jams from Ball: https://www.freshpreserving.com/how-to-make-jam-and-jelly.html
Here is a nice post by FoodInJars.com about adjusting the amount of sugar in the jam (http://foodinjars.com/2015/02/canning-101-can-reduce-sugar/
Also this is helpful from PortlandPreserve.com: 3 ways to test for the jelling point of jam/jelly: http://www.portlandpreserve.com/testingthejellypoint.pdfwww.portlandpreserve.com/testingthejellypoint.pdf
Suregel pectin has no obvious gluten ingredients, but when we called the Heinz company this week who makes it, they said they could not guarantee it was gluten-free and could be cross contaminated to contain > 20 ppm gluten. SIGH!
So, here are some tips on making homemade pectin. Note, if making apple pectin (we usually use a few green granny smith apples) be sure to remove the seeds first and definitely use the cores).
Homemade Pectin Tips:
Great New Video now available!
Feb. 2018 "Is is Gluten-Free or Not? A Closer Look at Non-Responsive Celiac Disease" with expert celiac dietitian, national speaker, and author, Melinda Dennis, MS, RDN.
Expert Video Tip: You can watch this twice as fast by editing the settings (the little gear symbol for the video, if you'd prefer).
Tickets were $10/each to attend, and it was packed with both patients and clinicians, but there were many surprises for the audience.
Jump right to a topic on the video: Click on the topic below to go right to that part of the video!:
- Learn the latest on safer oats for those with celiac
- Trick to calculate your calcium intake off of a food label
- Arsenic concerns with rice
- Why grains labeled gluten-free are so important
- Melinda's Top 15 Overlooked Sources of Gluten
- The great value of GlutenFreeWatchdog.com (not affiliated with Melinda Dennis)
- What Melinda considers the most important take-away from her presentation
Question & Answer Session Following Lecture with the Audience and Expert Celiac Dietitian, Melinda Dennis, MS, RDN
Thank you to the National Celiac Association, the National Celiac Association Orange County Celiacs and our group, the National Celiac Association San Diego, for providing funds and managing this packed event in Orange County for patients, dietitians, nutritionists, nurses and other clinicians. Special thanks to Jill Evensen for organizing the event!!
The text for this article was provided by La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology. Our group has no financial connection to this company, nor were we paid for this post.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN A CELIAC DISEASE STUDY?
La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology is currently enrolling for a Celiac Disease research study. The purpose of this study is to learn more about the body's immune response to Celiac Disease and to identify any proteins involved in the disease. We will also use DNA to study how genes influence the development of Celiac Disease. Understanding these basic mechanisms may help lead to better treatments and/or diagnostics in the future.
Eligible participants must be generally healthy, between the ages of 18 and 65 and diagnosed with Celiac Disease by a physician. Participation will consist of one study visit to our facility to provide a 50 mL blood donation drawn by a certified phlebotomist. You will also go through a brief health questionnaire.
By participating, you will be assisting in scientific research and advancing human health. Participants will also receive a financial compensation for time and effort. For more information, please visit lji.org/study, email at
email@example.com or call/text (858)255-0680.