We took my 5-year-old daughter for her annual celiac checkup yesterday. Unfortunately, her growth curve has slowed a bit and her doctor was a little concerned. She is still at the 5th percentile for height, as she has been in the past. But her weight curve slowed from the 15th percentile to the 5th.
They took some blood tests (despite my daughter carrying on and crying for 10 minutes) and we’ll get the results next week. In the meantime, they want us to add more protein to her diet, so more eggs, beans, peanut butter, nuts, dairy, whole milk, etc.
We love her doctor, Dr Guandalini. He’s a pediatric gastroenterologist and founder of The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. We also love Lara Field, the friendly dietitian who always has time to talk to us and offer helpful advice. They both couldn’t be nicer.
Welcome to the Gluten-Free Nosh blog.
My youngest daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease three years ago. Since then she has been on a strict gluten-free diet and our house is 95% gluten-free.
We’ve learned how to create gluten-free versions of some of our favorite foods, how to navigate through restaurants and vacations gluten-free and how to deal with issues that come up at schools, birthday parties and playdates.
Our latest challenge is to increase nutrition by developing recipes that use alternative gluten-free flours that are higher in protein and fiber than most traditional gluten-free foods. We’d also like to develop gluten-free versions of traditional Jewish recipes, since we’ve struggled finding suitable substitutes on too many holidays.
We’ve designed this site to share recipes, tips and experiences that we hope will help gluten-free families. Please leave us comments to let us know what you think.