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Your first "Gluten Tag" newsletter
October 15, 2011

Thank you for signing up to my gluten free newsletter. For some of you, it may have been some time since you signed up, as it has taken me longer than expected to get this up and running. Hopefully you will stick around and get some value from my ramblings about the gluten free diet and celiac disease.

Let me start by reminding you that I am not a doctor, just a fellow celiac sufferer who has been on this diet longer than some of you have been alive! Yes, I was diagnosed as a baby in 1960, not that long after the doctors worked out what could be done to help people with our condition. After living with the diet for over 51 years now, I have picked up a few tips and tricks that I am keen to pass on, to help make your life easier.

Of course it may not be you that has to follow the diet. Maybe you signed up because a member of your family has recently been diagnosed with celiac or gluten intolerance? You will also be able to glean information from the newsletters, and of course, the site which is just about to celebrate its 5th birthday. My husband will often drop in to tell you stories about living with a celiac and the challenges that involves.

OK, enough preamble, let's get down to the info. Today I wanted to pass on some tips for ....

Gluten Free Grocery Shopping

When you have been diagnosed with celiac disease grocery shopping just got more tricky! Not only are many of the foods on offer no longer permitted, but you are going to have to carefully check the ingredients list on everything else as well!

I have a page on the site that gives you some indication of what suspect ingredients to watch out for. which will give you lots of help.

There are some aids that you can take with you when shopping. Firstly I always keep a magnifying sheet in my purse. It is credit card sized and has a little button that you can press to light up what you are looking at. It is ideal for checking ingredients lists that are printed in teeny tiny text. As I get older this is more and more useful, especially when I shop alone and don't have a younger pair of eyes to check for me.

It is a good idea to carry a gluten free guide with you. If you live in the UK like me you can join the Coeliac Society who will provide a pocket-sized book that lists products that you can eat. On the other side of the pond you can purchase the 2011/2012 Gluten-Free Grocery Shopping Guide by Cecelia's Marketplace from Amazon.

I share many more tips for safe gluten free shopping on the site here.

As I write this my husband has just returned from doing this week's grocery shopping for me. He was so proud to have found a Sweet and Sour Sauce mix that I can eat. Bless him. So I shall nip off to the kitchen to put the groceries away now.

What questions do you have?

Please let me know if there is a particular subject you would like me to cover in the newsletter by jotting me a note on the following page... Contact The Gluten Free Chef.

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And thank YOU

Lastly I would like to thank everyone of you for signing up for my newsletter. If you know anyone else that might like to receive it please let them know.

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