Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease where the surface of the small intestine
that absorbs nutrients from food is damaged by a substance called gluten.
We offer support to people diagnosed with celiac disease by providing information
about celiac disease and about how to live with celiac disease in Kingston You’ll
find resources to help you understand and manage a gluten free diet, as well as advice
on where to shop and eating out at restaurants.
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The gluten free diet is absolutely necessary if you have celiac disease. This is
because your body no longer recognizes gluten, and gluten has become harmful to you.
People with Celiac in Kingston and everywhere else must eliminate all gluten from
their diets for life.
Years ago, people with celiac didn’t have many options for eating gluten free, but
that has really changed. Today there are tons of great products on the market that
have made the gluten free diet easier and more satisfying. Even restaurants offer
tasty gluten free options.
When you first start on a gluten free diet, it will take some time to discover which
gluten free products you like. This can be an adventure as you get to try new things
and experiment with your diet. There is also a wide range of “regular” foods you
can eat, like fresh fish, meat, fruits, vegetables, eggs, and most cheeses.
Of course, you’ll want to spend some time learning what is and isn’t safe to eat,
and how to avoid cross-contamination. It is important to learn where gluten may be
hiding and how to properly read labels. At the Canadian Celiac Association Kingston
Chapter, we offer information and resources to help. All you have to do is ask.
As you begin your gluten free journey, remember to have fun, and to check every label,