April 22, 2010

Celiac Awareness Month, a Gluten-Free Challenge, and a Food Revolution

May is Celiac Awareness Month, and the Gluten Intolerance Group and Pamela’s Products have teamed up to bring us the first-ever Gluten-Free Challenge! Many of us adhere to a gluten-free diet every day, but in an effort to increase awareness of celiac disease and a gluten-free diet, we are challenged to spend one weekend gluten-free. The challenge takes place on May 22 and 23, 2010. If you sign up for the challenge at http://www.gogfchallenge.com/, they will send you newsletters with tips and recipes to assist you through your challenge, so you won’t be totally in the dark. The challenge is completely free, and there are even chances to win cool gluten-free products.

If you don’t already eat gluten-free, I encourage you to take this challenge! If you are already gluten-free, tell your family and friends. If they’re reluctant, you might share with them some helpful hints on what they CAN eat that’s simple and naturally gluten-free, (think fresh vegetables, rice, chicken, steak, potatoes, some ice cream – you get my drift.) and that they don’t have to go out and shop for expensive gluten-free products. Also, check out recipes from any number of gluten-free blogs out there (I have quite a few on my Blog Love page), as I’m sure there will be something for everyone. The goal of this challenge is not to convert everyone to gluten-free; if gluten doesn’t give a person problems, there is no reason to eliminate it. However, those that must adhere to a gluten-free diet can at times feel isolated or different. Food is often a way to bring people together and a way to share valuable time with friends and family, but when one of those family members or friends is gluten-free, they cannot always take part in the sharing of foods. This challenge is to raise awareness, and to allow everyone to enjoy a meal together gluten-free, stress-free, and with the ones they love.

Next topic of importance – I’m participating in a Food Revolution! If you aren’t familiar, ABC is currently running a series called Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. Jamie Oliver (a.k.a. The Naked Chef) is on a campaign to change the way America eats. After all, so much of the standard American diet is comprised of processed and fast foods and is otherwise unhealthy. Diane Eblin of The W.H.O.L.E. Gang became inspired (as many of us did) by Jamie Oliver’s campaign, and has designed a campaign of her own. Every day for 30 days (April 26-June 4), a different food blogger will be posting a recipe that is healthy and nutritious. Diane has graciously asked me to be a guest blogger for one of the days of this Revolution! We are encouraged to remake a dish, taking something that is commonly eaten in American homes in a processed or fast food form, and recreate the recipe to be wholesome.  The goal of this Revolution is to create a resource for people looking to make changes to their lives by eating healthier. Stay tuned, and make a point to visit The W.H.O.L.E. Gang every day during this Revolution for new recipe ideas!

13 Responses to “Celiac Awareness Month, a Gluten-Free Challenge, and a Food Revolution”

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  2. Cool! I love the idea behind the Gluten-Free Challenge because, if for no other reason, taking a moment to walk in someone’s else’s shoes can really help a person understand the obstacles some people have to deal with everyday and it can increase simple human compassion.

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  4. I recently watched Food Inc. and it has changed my entire perspective on the food industry in America. It is DISGUSTING how the government hides these secrets from consumers — it frustrates me to know that the future of America is currently eating filth. Though I do not have celiac disease I am interested in trying gluten free recipes so I will be following your revolution. :)

  5. How fun!!! I love the challenge

  6. Clearly I’m already GF, but I love the idea of a month all about us and helping those who should be GF, be GF.

  7. That is so COOL, Atta! Glad that you participating in Food Revolution. You fit in well! I guess that’s the only way to keep us stay healthy. Enjoy & have fun!
    Blessings, Kristy

  8. We were on a yeast-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free diet for two years recommended by a naturopathic doctor. It sounded so impossible initially but after a month or two, I got used to it and became quite creative. I must say it is a very healthy diet, though very restrictive. We have since moved on but to those who are willing to try it, it is definitely POSSIBLE!!

  9. Those are both really cool ideas! I like the idea of taking a normally heavy dish and turning it into something healthy. Also the gluten free weekend is interesting – I agree that it’s good to try to walk in someone else’s shoes, even if you aren’t gluten intolerant.

  10. I’ll be watching your site this month- what a great line up. I’ve been doing my own Food Revolutuion with 10 recipes for life. Love Jamie!

  11. Indeed this is a great challenge and a wonderful way to learn gluten-free recipes one meal at a time.

  12. Thank you very much for pointing out this challenge, what a great way to help raise awareness for celiac disease. We will post about this on our blog as well.

    Glad to see that you added the Triumph Dining and National Foundation for Celiac Awareness Badge to your site. For those who might not know about the badge: Triumph Dining has agreed to give $5.00 (and up to $5,000 total) to the NFCA for every website and blog that adds the Celiac Awareness badge. So please help and join the cause!

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