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.
On a GF diet, all grains containing gluten MUST be avoided.
Gluten containing grains include:
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:
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.
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:
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
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).