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A Support Group for those with Celiac Disease
Living gluten free in Colorado Springs and
adapting to a gluten-free lifestyle

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In May we will celebrate Cinqo de Mayo with a gluten-free fiesta at Fran's. You must RSVP for this event. Cost is $5 per person payable in advance and covers the entire meal.

As always, if you need a ride contact me or Fran.

For those of you lucky enough to be at the Pei Wei on the 11th - here is the recipe for Fran's bon bons.

Mounds Candy Bars (faux) – Gluten Free

¾ cups mashed potatoes (plain- no butter or milk added) - slightly cooled

4 cups sweetened coconut

16 oz. powdered sugar

1 tsp. almond flavoring

Mix everything in a large bowl. Roll into balls 1 TBSP. of mixture – flatten slightly on one side (or create your own shape.) Freeze on a cookie sheet for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Chocolate Coating:

1 Bakers Chocolate Bar – unsweetened

1 container Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Frosting.

In a double boiler – melt chocolate and frosting, stirring slightly. Remove double boiler from heat but keep the chocolate over the hot water to keep chocolate melted. Dip frozen coconut balls into chocolate one at a time. Refreeze on cookie sheet until chocolate is set - about 15 minutes.

10 Signs You May Be Gluten Intolerant

It’s likely you have a friend or relative
that has gone gluten free. Most people
associate going gluten free with either
celiac disease or a new diet craze, but
that is not always the case. Contrary to
some beliefs, most people who go off gluten
are not looking to lose weight, but to improve
their health.

Just because you don’t have celiac disease
doesn’t mean you can’t be gluten intolerant.
Studies have shown that 15% of people in the
US are sensitive to gluten and may have an
intolerance. This intolerance can lead to a
variety of symptoms some people may just
shrug off. In fact, 99% of people with a gluten
intolerance or Celiac disease are never diagnosed.

Here are ten signs you may be gluten intolerant.
1. Digestive Symptoms Digestive symptoms
such as IBS, acid reflux, bloating, diarrhea
or constipation.
2. Skin Issues Gluten intolerance may lead
to skin rashes such as eczema, keratosis pilaris
(chicken skin) or dermatitis herpetiformis, an
itchy rash with pimple-like bumps, or acne.
3. Inflammation Inflammation, aching or
swelling of joints such as knees, fingers or hips.
4. Mood Issues Mood swings, depression,
anxiety and even ADD can all be signs of a
gluten intolerance.
5. Hormonal Imbalances PMS, PCOS or
unexplained infertility.
6. Autoimmune Diseases You have been
diagnosed with an autoimmune disease such
as Lupus, Psoriasis, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis or MS.
7. Neurological Symptoms Feeling dizzy or
off balance.
8. An “Off” Feeling Feeling as though you’re
constantly in a fog may be a sign your body
cannot tolerate gluten. Although this could be
related to a number of things, it may be worth
considering gluten intolerance as a cause.
9. Pain Migraines, headaches or joint pain or
aches may be a reaction to gluten.
10. Fatigue Always tired? If you can’t get to
the bottom of your fatigue issues, it may be
related to gluten intolerance. Especially so if
you feel tired after eating something that
contains gluten.

You don’t need to have all these symptoms
to be gluten intolerant. If you have four or
more of these symptoms or you think you
may have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant,
the best thing to do is ask your doctor for a test.
Even if testing comes back negative for celiac
disease, that doesn’t rule out gluten completely.

If you still feel gluten is causing your symptoms,
try to eliminate it from your diet for 30-60 days.
Keep a journal and jot down how you feel. If
your systems have cleared up after 30-60 days
of not eating gluten and return once you
re-introduce it to your diet, you can probably
conclude that you are gluten intolerant and
may eliminate gluten from your diet permanently.

When going off gluten, don’t forget your
body still needs carbohydrates and fiber.
Try gluten free grains such as quinoa,
buckwheat and rice.

Sources: Myers, Amy MD. 10 Signs You’re
Gluten Intolerant. (January 22, 2013).
MindBodyGreen. Retrieved August 13, 2013
Dr. Oz. Gluten Sensitivity Self Test.
(September 25, 2012). Retrieved
August 13, 2013 from
Anderson, Jane. Gluten Sensitivity Symptoms.
(March 2, 2013).
Celiac Disease & Gluten Sensitivity.
Retrieved August 13, 2013 from

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