Establishing a Support Network
Changing long established habits - for the rest of your life - can seem like a daunting task. CSA can help! Membership in CSA provides information, encouragement, and support. CSA members are ready to help the transition go more smoothly. Refer to the Local Support page to find a chapter or resource unit in your area.
Working with a knowledgable dietitian or nutrition professional will also aid in learning to shop, cook and eat gluten-free. It is important to remember that there is no such thing as a "typical celiac." Not only do the symptoms vary widely, so do the related medical conditions. Diet and treatment needs are unique to each individual. All celiacs have an autoimmune reaction to the storage proteins in wheat, barley and rye (crosses and derivatives). Many celiacs also react to oats. Yet; each is very different in dozens of ways which only the individual and his/her medical advisor(s) will know.
Therefore, it is absolutely VITAL that a relationship is established with a gastroenterologist or other physician who is knowledgeable in the diagnosis and care of celiac disease. Partnering with a doctor will help an individual make the most appropriate decisions regarding the gluten-free diet and any supplementation that may be necessary.