Gluten Free Diet

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New to Gluten Free? Where to start?

When you have Celiac Disease, eating gluten damages the intestinal lining of your small intestine and can cause a host of symptoms and health problems. The current treatment for Celiac Disease is an adherence to a lifelong gluten free diet. This may seem overwhelming at first, but there are many resources and a great community at the CCA to help you navigate the gluten free diet.

Download the (The Gluten-Free Diet ) Brochure

Label Reading

On a GF diet, all grains containing gluten MUST be avoided.

Gluten containing grains include:

  • Wheat (whole wheat, wheat berries, graham, bulgur, farrow, farina, durum, kamut, bromated flour, spelt, semolina)
  • Barley
  • Rye
  • Triticale (cross between wheat and rye)
  • Oats (unless certified gluten free can be contaminated with gluten)

Read labels when purchasing food to ensure there is no gluten. Look for foods that are Certified Gluten Free and read all ingredients to ensure the product is gluten free. The CCA offers an extensive guide to reading food labels:

Download the (CCA Labelling Document )

Dietitian Advice & Nutrition

It is important when you are newly diagnosed to seek out the advice of a registered dietitian for help with transitioning to the GF diet, or if you have been on the GF diet and are having difficulties with nutritional deficiencies or lingering symptoms.

Alberta Healthy Living Program

Did you know that you can book an appointment with a Registered Dietitian through Alberta Healthy Living Program free of charge. All appointments are offered Mon-Fri during the day.

Alberta Health Services also offers one 3-hour session on “Going Gluten-Free”
In this session you will learn:

  • What is celiac disease
  • Healthy eating on a gluten-free diet
  • About where to buy gluten-free food, eating out gluten-free and label reading


Who is this Class For?
People diagnosed with celiac disease or dermatitis herpetiformis and their support persons or people who want information on celiac disease.
Classes are facilitated by registered dietitians and registered nurses.
For information and to Register (Mon-Fri 8am –4pm): (403-943-2584)
or online at www.albertahealthservices.ca


Nutrition Tips for People Living with Celiac Disease Long Term

The CCA partnered with Ryerson University’s Masters of Nutrition Program to offer a webinar on potential nutrition deficiencies of people living with Celiac Disease long term and how they can boost their health. The webinar features 4 Ryerson dietetic interns discussing how to get important vitamins and nutrients on a gluten free diet. This in-depth webinar is 1 hour in length and discusses how to eat well on a GF diet (outlined using Canada’s food guide).

Watch the CCA Nutrition Tips Webinar Video

For more information go to www.celiac.ca “Living Gluten Free”