How To Shop for Someone Who is Gluten Free

There are so many instances where someone is in need of shopping help.  An accident, an illness or old age can make someone reach out and ask for help, sometimes temporarily.  It's important that we all know how to do that if we have a loved one with gluten sensitivity or Celiac disease.

A dietary restriction like gluten free or allergen free can be very taxing on a family.  It's expensive and very inconvenient.  Sometimes families leave the person in question to fend for themselves, buy their own food, prepare however they want, and keep their own utensils separate.  That's fine while you're young and not injured.  It's better if the whole family knows how to do this, so that people can support each other in times of crisis.  Just think of it as an interesting talent.  

In this presentation, I talk about how to shop at the grocery store for gluten free items.  It's not as simple as just looking for the words gluten free or a certification label.  There are pitfalls - it's a skill that will get better over time. 

Here are a few slides, and a link to the Dropbox location for the PDF file that contains my presentation.  I had hoped to add narration and I still might do that.  But the complexities of that overwhelmed me and it's better that it should be available.  I'm releasing the presentation as (CC)BY-SA, which is a form of copyright that allows others to use the material with only a few restrictions.  A few images of the individual slides follow and the link to the presentation is also found at the end of this post.







Please feel free to use this presentation when a relative begins the gluten free diet, when you begin it, or when someone you know needs help with shopping. Another use for the presentation can be if you're shopping for a food shelf or a food drive that has a category / need for gluten free foods.

Keep in mind that new threats to gluten free labeling occur every day, here's one example. Keep learning about this subject, it's very deep. 

If you would like me to give this presentation to a group, I have timed it to be between 30 and 45 minutes in length.  Contact me at the email address in the sidebar on the left. In some cases, I'll do this for free, schedule permitting.

Feel free to comment and let me know what you think!

Comments

  1. It's been brought to my attention that the link regarding quinoa is broken. Here it is: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22760575 I'll update the file next time I am working on the presentation. Thanks for mentioning it! :)

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  2. Celiac India seems to be reworking its website. For confirmation of oats status right now, you can see this link: http://celiacindia.org.in/gluten-free-beyond/gluten-free-diet/safe-and-unsafe-items/ However, they don't seem to have the content up about oats anymore. They just say it's controversial and look in the FAQ, but the FAQ is being reorganized by age group. Hopefully this will be fixed soon.

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