As I am not a coeliac, but have a young daughter who is, I struggle to know what I should be doing sometimes! I don’t experience symptoms when I am accidentally given gluten, but I am sure my daughter does. And she is too young to tell me what they are. Sometimes it is obvious by the multiple trips to the toilet, but then she has also been diagnosed as having IBS so this doesn’t really tell us much!
This makes it particularly difficult when assessing whether to take a ‘risk’ eating out, or giving her food that isn’t labelled ‘gluten free’. This is where I need your help in answering some questions that we still have. I know that all coeliacs are different…some are more sensitive than others…but it would still be interesting to know what you do.
- Do you eat food that is labelled as ‘may contain traces of gluten’?
- Do you eat food that has no allergy information at all, but whose ingredients don’t seem to evidence any gluten?
- Do you only eat food that is labelled ‘gluten free’?
- What about restaurants and cafes…when they cannot absolutely guarantee that the food is gluten free because it is produced in a kitchen with gluten in it?
Today I have spent the day cleaning and reorganising the kitchen…now the ‘gluten containing food’ is in the minority and lives in one small cupboard making sure that no traces can be in any of the gluten free food. Perhaps this will make my poor little ones tummy better?? I am willing to try absolutely anything!