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The Importance of Emotional Wellbeing in Celiac Disease

Today, I am sharing a near and dear topic to me, the importance of balancing our emotional well being along with our physical health.  I’ve turned to Sherry Scheideman, a Registered Clinical Counsellor, to highlight the emotional toll that celiac disease can have on an individual so that we can become empowered to make change!  Read below for Sherry’s introductory post.  We look forward to highlighting more work from her.

I’m a celiac and I’m a counsellor. I’m grateful to Selena for noting in her blog that mental health care is an essential part of looking after ourselves as celiacs.

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Strategies for Improved Digestive Health That Don’t Involve An Elimination Diet

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Today’s post is a guest post from my colleague, Stephanie Clairmont RD, who specializes in the low FODMAP diet.  Elimination diets are all the rage right now to control unwanted symptoms.  However, before embarking on that route, we can sometimes modify the diet in small ways that add up to big changes in the way we feel.  So, before even looking to take something out of your diet, you may want to try adding in the top five strategies that Stephanie has highlighted below!

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5 Ways to Show Support for May’s Celiac Awareness Month

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Did you know that May is celiac awareness month?  This is the time where we can spread the word about the impact of celiac disease and the importance of the gluten free diet.

In honor of May, there are a few events (online and locally) that I would like to share with you all!

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Community Question: Celiac, Food Allergies and Fatigue – Part One

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You can read part 2 here: http://www.healthbean.ca/community-question-celiac-food-allergies-and-fatigue-part-two-of-two

For any of us who experience digestive health concerns,  we are all so familiar with the daily ups and downs with energy and the constant questioning of additional foods that are making us feel unwell.

If you are celiac, removing gluten in it’s entirety is needed.  But, what happens if we still feel unwell? Unfortunately, the research is slim when it comes to individuals with celiac disease and increased risk of additional food allergies (note, this is not the same as a sensitivity). However, there  are multiple factors that can effect how we feel, which have nothing to do with additional food allergies or sensitivities and, is very commonly, overlooked.

Below are the strategies I use with my clients before we may start looking to additional food culprits.

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Top 30 Healthy, Gluten Free Convenience Foods in the Supermarket

The increase in gluten free foods in the supermarket has made it so much easier for celiacs and the gluten sensitive to find suitable foods to eat.  However, many of these products are overly processed and offer little nutritional value to the gluten free diet.

Fiber rich foods are very important when it comes to eating gluten free.  Typically, when an individual transitions to a gluten free diet, they start eating many gluten free products such as breads, cookies, baked goods, pastas and rice which offer very little to no fiber.  Subsequently, overall fiber intake drops.  Long term risks of a low fiber intake can contribute to ongoing digestive problems such as constipation and contribute to the development of additional  health conditions such as type two diabetes, weight management problems, mood imbalances such as depression, cancer, high cholesterol and more.

Read below where I highlight 30 healthy gluten free foods that are high in fiber and also taste delicious (in no particular order)!

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