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Gluten and the Dental Office

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Did you know that gluten could be hiding in the products that your hygienist uses? I never really thought about that. In fact, I never really thought about that until a few years after my diagnosis. I had been on a strict gluten free diet but from time to time I didn’t realize the products I was using at home ….my body washes and toothpaste etc were also affecting me. My body was still attacking itself in one way or another. It then got me thinking…. How much does my hygienist and dental office know about celiac disease? Do they have any other patients with this autoimmune disorder? If I am using products at home that had contained gluten, then whats to say the products at my dental office wasn’t the same?

I have to admit, I felt concerned and rightfully so. I also felt nervous reaching out to the dental office with a million questions. After doing some research on the subject myself, I found out that the fillings can contain gluten as well as fluoride and polishing paste. There were so many questions going through my mind. So what did I do? I sent them over an email asking for information.

I have to say I didn’t expect a response so quickly but was overjoyed not only by their response but the fact that they were proactive about finding the answers they didn’t know the questions to. The dental office had confirmed that all the products their office uses for the cleanings were confirmed to be gluten free, which included the prophy paste, fluorides both topical and varnish. They even gave me the company names in case I wanted to go the extra mile and verify myself. The office did let me know that restorative treatment there could be gluten in the topical anesthetic gel and were waiting back on a confirmation from their company’s lab. The office let me know they would make a note on my file that said that I could not use the topical gel as precaution until they found the answers. About an hour or so later the dental office confirmed that the topical gel was indeed gluten free but were surprised to find out that some brands (ones they don’t use) do contain gluten. I feel like this was a great step forward communicating with my dental office.

As for my readers, if you have celiac disease I would recommend writing down a list of questions or concerns you might have and want to discuss with your dental office. I suggest discussing with them what celiac disease is and how if affects your body. Then ask them about their products they use, and if they could check the products that are used on all procedures to see if they contain gluten. I would also either ask for the brand names to reach out to the companies for extra verification to see if the products are processed on shared equipment with those products that contain gluten.

I want to say a huge Thank You to my dental office for their quick responses and dedication to finding the answers on a patients behalf. It is truly appreciated!

Until Next Time
XOXO
The Celiac Corner

gluten free recipes

Cast Iron Rib Eye and Caesar Salad

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2 thin rib eye steaks
Softened Unsalted butter 2 Tablespoons
Extra virgin olive oil
Paprika and Garlic Powder
3 garlic cloves, minced
Parsley
Romaine Lettuce
Light creamy gluten free Caesar dressing

Usually the morning that I’m going to make this meal, Ii like to marinate the steaks for a few hours.
Start by rubbing the steaks with paprika and garlic powder and a tiny bit of extra virgin olive oil. I’ll throw in some of the fresh, minced garlic cloves for a stronger flavor. Leave in ziplock bag in the fridge for at least 3-4 hours.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
Put cast iron skillet in the oven to heat up for 10 minutes

While the skillet is pre heating, cut up some organic, fresh romaine lettuce. I use about a tablespoon of gluten free, creamy caesar dressing and toss the lettuce around. I’ll then put it back in the fridge to stay cold while the steak is cooking.

Once the skillet has been pre heated, remove from the oven and put over medium heat on the stove top. Take the steak out from the marinade and sear each side for 3-4 minutes. Then broil on high for 4-5 minutes each side.

While the steak is searing and broiling mix together softened, unsalted butter
with 2 garlic cloves minced as well as the other spices. Once the steak is cooked add the garlic butter to melt on the steak. Add the cold salad on the side. Gluten free croutons are optional.

Simple but tastes AMAZING!

Enjoy!

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Have you ever felt defeated?

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It’s been 8 years since my diagnosis with celiac disease. I wanted to jump on here real quick and discuss the emotional aspect of being diagnosed. When I was first diagnosed, I felt lost, confused and scared. I was lost because I had never even heard of celiac disease. Just the word disease was frightening.

My GI specialist told me that my intestinal lining was completely flat. He spoke of the possibility of intestinal cancer if my diet did not change immediately. Where would I begin? I knew nothing about celiac disease. Over time I learned that even though I could change everything to make my body healthy again and absorb nutrients, there would be no cure aside of following a strict gluten free diet.

So what exactly am I getting at? Well, to put it directly, having celiac disease in adults can come with many symptoms. Now, not all men and women diagnosed with celiac disease can get these symptoms. I had many symptoms ranging from fatigue and anemia to depression and severe anxiety.

I’m going to be real for a second. I struggled hard with this diagnosis. It affected my mental health. I felt defeated. Here is what I want you to know! Whether you are just newly diagnosed with celiac or something else of that matter, you are NOT alone. You may seem clueless, scared and have so many different emotions as I had but there is so much support out there.

Not one person in my family or my husband’s family had heard about it so at first it was very difficult for anyone to understand what I was about to go through. Some family and friends thought it was just an allergy and not a autoimmune disorder. Some thought that I was over exaggerating. They just didn’t understand and really needed to be educated, as did I. Then out of nowhere, I started receiving anonymous cookbooks day after day about eating gluten free. I would come home and have a new package. I never did find out who sent me all of them but I knew that there was an abundance of support.

Please know that you can find support groups with those struggling with celiac disease as well as other people out there on social media.

Also if you feel like you would like to reach out to myself, please feel free to do so. Most of us with celiac have been or are in the same boat. We live, but we learn and we support each other!

Until Next time

XOXO
Alicia
The Celiac Corner

gluten free reviews

Caulipower Pizza

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Last night for dinner I took a different approach. I am so very tired of always trying to accommodate everyone in the house especially when I am the only one who is eating gluten free. My kids love pizza but one picky eater does not like veggies! I sprung for the Caulipower Margherita pizza!

This product is certified gluten free. I loved the entire pizza as did my husband and two of my children. The picky eater well lets just say he wasn’t a fan of tomato bits and spinach that he found on the slices. I loved the flavor of the pizza and found out it comes in 5 other varieties. This was also a thin crust pizza, but what I loved most of all was that the crust didn’t just crumble and fall apart! The instructions said to cook the pizza between 13 and 15 minutes. I would suggest not cooking it over 12 minutes!

Cons: This isn’t too much of a con but the pizza was quite small for a family of 5. I should of cooked two of them. I would love to see a bigger size pizza.

All in all I give this product a 9/10

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Welcome

Don’t ever be afraid to tell your story!  We are all here to show support for one another.

If your new here, a huge welcome to you all! I have to be honest that this is a new venture I have been looking forward to for quite some time, but never really had the courage to get out there! I am fully going out of my comfort zone! I grew up always being the type of person from time to time (and still do) , care about how people perceive me and that they just do not understand the reasoning behind my celiac disease. I am putting myself out there. I want to raise awareness on celiac disease. So many people go years (like myself) without ever being properly diagnosed. My sole purpose of this blog is  to share, my own personal experience with others who may also suffer from Celiac Disease, or gluten issues.  I am hoping that you all find comfort in knowing that you can reach out and find support many places.

I am not a medical professional by any means. I am simply hoping to share fun experiences, reviews of gluten free products and travel information with a little humor on the side…because who doesn’t need a good laugh from time to time?  I am welcoming anyone to go to the contact page and reach out if you have any questions! You may also follow my instagram account @the_celiac_corner to keep up to date with new posts and information!

 

Thanks for stopping!

X0X0 Alicia

The Celiac Corner