We continued our journey as a gluten-free family. Everyday learning more and arming ourselves with the necessary tools. While for the most part we have conquered being gluten-free, I was constantly reminded throughout our journey the special challenges that teenagers with Celiac are presented with.
According to one study, one in every 133 people is affected by Celiac Disease. What shocked me was that there was no statistic available for the number of teenagers affected. Teenagers are our future and they are the bridge between childhood to adulthood. And teenagers are tough – they don’t fit into a certain bracket. They make their own food choices, are adventurous in their palette and yet many times depend on you for food. Thus cooking for teenagers is a challenge, but one that I gladly accepted.
As a mother with a teenager that was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, I experienced firsthand the struggles she faced. Sarah led a busy life, she worried what her peers thought, and counted on me to be her teacher when it came to eating habits that will last a lifetime.
After transforming our kitchen and household, we dealt with the day to day challenges. School lunches – how was Sarah to eat in a gluten-filled school cafeteria? She wasn’t. We’d have to pack her a lunch and a call to the school nurse ensured she could use their microwave to warm up the leftovers she packed each day. I could go on and on about the things we have learned and I’ll share more with you in later posts.
Through it all I saw an untapped and much needed market – helping teenagers and families with Celiac Disease. We wanted to be a resource for teenagers and families struggling with similar issues. And so Sarah and I embarked on writing our latest cookbook “Cooking For Your Gluten-Free Teen: Everyday Foods the Whole Family Will Love”.
Our first step was recipe development. For anyone out there who’s ever eaten gluten-free, you know it’s very hit or miss. Most products in the grocery stores lack flavor, have the consistency of cardboard, and cost a fortune. It became my number one priority to create delicious and affordable recipes. After surveying real gluten-free teenagers we came up with a list of 30 foods that teens missed most. We used these as well as added others to form the cookbook.
After 2 years of living as a gluten-free family, perfecting our gluten-free recipes, shopping lists, and guidelines we created our book. If your journey is just beginning, we hope to help make it easier. Why reinvent the wheel when we’ve done it for you? We have countless recipes and stories from our journey to share and can’t wait for you to share yours.
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