Happy Celiac Disease Awareness Month!!!
We’ve come a long way, Baby!
But the road to full awareness stretches on ahead of us, and we must continue helping people with celiac disease to get properly diagnosed and get diagnosed earlier, so that other autoimmune diseases aren’t triggered and a host of other health problems don’t arise.
I’ve never felt more passionate about this cause than now, because a dear friend of mine has five different autoimmune diseases, including celiac disease, and she nearly died this last week.
As we were waiting for her to pull through, all I could keep thinking was, “What if her celiac disease had been diagnosed sooner? Maybe celiac disease is the umbrella disease that triggered all of the other autoimmune diseases.”
What if….what if…what if.
Of course, celiac disease awareness is important every month, but I’m going to try a little harder to spread the word about it this month. Will you join me?
(One easy thing to do would be to share this blog post I wrote about celiac disease symptoms. Thank you in advance!)
I’m excited to have the opportunity to write several articles about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet for some major websites this month. Thousands will be reached with accurate information. I’ll let you know when they are published.
Now let’s “celebrate” awareness with an anti-inflammatory smoothie!
You may or may not be familiar with the term “anti-inflammatory”. In case you aren’t, here’s a good description from Dr. Andrew Weil’s website.
(BTW, Dr. Weil’s lectures were some of my favorite while I was going to school to learn about nutrition.)
As it turns out, we know that chronic inflammation is the root of disease. So, the more anti-inflammatory foods you can eat, the better. These are foods that are known to help combat inflammation in the body.
Like berries. And greens.
I have a strong hunch that a gluten-free diet high in anti-inflammatory foods must be very healing, soothing to tummies that have been inflamed for a long time.
I “cured” my seasonal hayfever allergies last year by drinking one of these anti-inflammatory smoothies every day. I used to be a serious Zyrtec junkie, so you can imagine how amazed I was the day I walked outside to find my car all yellow, dusted in pollen, and I wasn’t sneezing my head off.
Yup. All because of my new anti-inflammatory smoothie. Well, how do I know this? While at school, I listened to a 3 hour lecture by Dr. Douillard, where he explained how to combat seasonal allergies by eliminating inflammatory foods (refined sugars and flours, processed foods) and consuming more anti-inflammatory foods (berries, especially raspberry and blueberry, and green vegetables) in the Springtime.
I didn’t really think it would work, but I thought it would be easy to try. Plus, I had already eliminated inflammatory foods like gluten, refined sugars and flours, along with my additional food intolerances of dairy and corn. Maybe I just needed to up the berries and greens?
I just decided to create a smoothie with both berries and frozen greens. I call this my “Sneaky Smoothie”.
1/2 a banana
1 cup frozen blueberries or raspberries
1/3 cup frozen peas or spinach
water as needed
Put all of the ingredients in the blender. Add enough water to meet your ideal smoothie thickness. Blend. If you need to sweeten it a bit, add a bit of honey.
You can play with the amounts…if you need to, ease into it by adding less greens at first.
And your end product might look a little darker than the photos here. I think I was running low on peas that day. Don’t let greener color scare you!
Be sure to come back and tell me how you liked it!