5 Ways to Spread Awareness on National Celiac Awareness Day
Mark your calendar for September 13th! It’s the birthday of Dr. Samuel Gee, who was the first person to recognize that the symptoms of celiac disease are linked to diet. He published his observations in 1888. In 2010, the Senate passed a resolution officially marking September 13th as National Celiac Awareness Day.
According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, one in 100 people worldwide have celiac disease, though many are undiagnosed. While awareness is growing, a lot of people still don’t understand what celiac disease is or why people who have it can’t eat gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley, without getting sick.
Celiac Awareness Day is about educating everyone you know—friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, social followers, the grocery store cashier—about celiac disease and what it’s like to live with it. Here are five fun ways you can mark the occasion!
Throw a gluten-free pizza party
When you’ve got celiac disease, you don’t usually have the option of picking up a pie for takeout on Friday night. But that doesn’t mean pizza has to be off limits. Tonight is special. You get all the pizza. Make a few pies with Mikey’s Grain-Free Pizza Crust or your favorite gluten-free pizza crust recipe (may we suggest Minimalist Baker’s?) or cauliflower crust for a low-carb option (we like this one by Chocolate Covered Katie) and invite some friends over. Who knows, it might even become an annual tradition—we guarantee even people who don’t have to worry about gluten will be hooked.
Host a gluten-free potluck
Pizza not your thing? Invite all your friends over and ask them to bring a gluten-free covered dish. Potlucks are frequently dominated by foods people with celiac disease can’t eat, and even with the dishes that appear gluten-free you’ve got to be worried about cross-contact. But now you get to make the rules and “no gluten” is number one on the list! Load your plate with a little bit of everything and live it up.