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November 29, 2011

It's Hard to Be "That Girl"

This morning I came across the below video on The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness's website and become so excited to share with all of you!
Cecilia Bonaduce created this short film for one of her classes while attending the University of California, Berkeley in her senior year. Cecilia, a Celiac herself aimed to portray the negative stigma many battling gluten intolerances face on daily basis.

I can vouch for feeling like “That Girl” numerous times. This is a powerful video that makes me feel I am not alone and that there is so much more to Celiac disease than just eliminating gluten from one's diet.

"That Girl" features the lesser known social implications of adhering to the gluten free life style

This video couldn’t come at a more opportune time. Being a Celiac during the holidays can be a stressful time. Everyday there are different baked items sitting in the kitchen at our offices, holidays parties book the weekends and Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are filled with gluten.

I take this time of year as a chance to educate those around me on the simple substitutions and changes which can be made in order to accommodate a gluten free diet. Many are surprised with how basic some of the changes are and are determined to include me in every course of their delicious holiday feast.

I truly believe if we share our knowledge, and educate those around us our community will continue to better understand Celiac disease and gluten intolerances.

Bravo Cecilia! 

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