This blog is both a personal narrative and a source of information and support for people living the gluten free lifestyle.
First, a little bit about me: my name is Cc Bonaduce and I have been gluten free since 2008. Though I am still a relatively young Celiac, only 3 years since I was diagnosed, I have learned so much about the gluten free lifestyle by being active in the community. I began volunteering for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness shortly after my diagnosis. I have met and learned from so many gluten free people. Hearing their stories and reading many of the gluten free blogs out there, I realized our gluten free community needs to hear more about the social factors associated with the gluten free diet. For me, the biggest challenge I face is learning how to effectively advocate for myself. I wanted to create a blog dedicated to describing how I continue to find ways to be an advocate and, hopefully, inspire readers to feel that they can do the same.
Have you ever gotten wrong information from waitstaff at a restaurant or experienced cross-contamination despite your best efforts to be clear with the chef? Despite being a veteran gluten free-er and activist in the gluten free community, I still struggle to dine safely. I started taking actions to correct this problem: every time I have a bad experience at a restaurant I write a letter (yes, snail mail) to both the manager and owner of the restaurant in question explaining what went wrong and why it matters. On Cc Gluten Freed you will have access to the letters I have sent in the past, what went wrong initially and how to avoid it in the future and more general letter templates that you can use if you have a bad experience at a restaurant.
I find that most of the gluten free literature out there neglects the social implications of the gluten free diet. One of the greatest challenges of being gluten free is learning to navigate the nongluten free world. Two simple facts: most social events center around food and most foods contain gluten. This is our reality. How do you, as a gluten free person, navigate these complicated social situations? Birthday parties, professional lunch meetings, conferences, sleepovers, Superbowl parties, dinner parties and the like all require special accommodations for gluten free diners. This blog has personal stories about these situations and how I dealt with them.
In addition, Cc Gluten Freed will review restaurants and products. Being gluten free becomes much easier when you have a source you can trust telling you what products are great and worth your time. I will also post recipes that I come across over time that I think other GF people should try out!
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