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September 13, 2012

Happy Celiac Awareness Day!

Today, September 13th marks National Celiac Awareness Day in honor of the birthday of 
Dr. Samuel Gee, MD, British physician and pediatrician. Dr. Gee is credited for publishing the first description of celiac disease and stressing the notion that the only effective treatment is a life long adherence to a gluten free diet. One of Gee’s famous quotes on celiac disease is “if the patient can be cured at all, it must be by means of diet.”

Even though I have transitioned my diet and live a gluten free lifestyle, it is always beneficial to hear new tips on maintaining a gluten free diet from fellow celiacs and nutritionists. 

Tara DelloIacono, LUNA's in-house nutritionist, was happy to provide her top tips for gluten free eaters. 

  • Make sure to eat your vitamins: Women with gluten intolerances are more prone to mal-absorption of vitamins and nutrients such as iron, calcium, B12 and folic acid. LUNA Protein bars are rich in iron, calcium, folic acid, and vitamins D, B12 and more.
  • Eat smaller meals frequently throughout the day: Eating five small meals a day may help relieve digestive discomfort associated with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. I recommends eating a combination of protein and carbohydrates such as fruit and nuts for longer lasting satiation and energy
  • Find ways to get your fiber: Getting your recommended fiber intake without whole grains like wheat and oats can be a challenge, but fiber can be found in many other sources such as rice and fruit. Chicory and rice flour contribute to LUNA Protein bars’ three grams of fiber.
  • Beware of hidden traps: Some packaged gluten free foods add sugar and fat to make up for a bland taste. Make sure to read your labels and do your research to find a healthy medium.

Thanks Tara for your tips!

Click HERE to access Luna's website & the Protein bar line. My favorite- Chocolate Peanut Butter. :)

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