Getting Started: GF In 1, 2, 3

Getting Started: GF In 1, 2, 3

GETTING STARTED: GF IN 1, 2, 3

Please explore this free comprehensive course for parents & caregivers with a newly diagnosed child or teen. This course is packed with everything you need to know about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. In addition, there are many downloadable materials and infographics throughout. Learn how to navigate living life gluten-free to get your child on the right track to good health. It is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

This course contains three steps:

  • Step 1: Understanding celiac disease
  • Step 2: The gluten-free diet
  • Step 3: Living gluten-free

Use the green arrows to move back and forth between the slides.

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Getting Started: GF In 1, 2, 3

ABBREVIATIONS

Use this list as a resource for common abbreviations and acronyms used throughout the course.

CD: Celiac disease

DH: Dermatitis herpetiformis

FDA: US Food and Drug Administration

GF: Gluten-free

NCGS: Non-celiac gluten sensitivity

NSLP: National School Lunch Program

RDN: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

USDA: US Department of Agriculture

WBR: Wheat, Barley, Rye

WBRO: Wheat, Barley, Rye, Oats

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Getting Started: GF In 1, 2, 3

STEP 1: UNDERSTANDING CELIAC DISEASE

WHAT IS CELIAC DISEASE?

  • Celiac disease (CD) is a genetic condition where the body reacts to foods we ingest that contain gluten
  • CD is an autoimmune disease – Autoimmune means that the body’s immune system attacks itself and in the case of CD, the immune system attacks the villi in the small intestine when gluten is ingested
  • Villi are very small fingerlike projections that significantly increase the surface area of the small intestine. The function of the villi is to absorb nutrients from food and into the blood, so that the body can use them
  • When gluten is ingested the immune system attacks the villi which gets blunted, causing the surface area and ability to absorb nutrients to severly decrease 
  • There is no medication or cure available to treat CD. The only treatment is a strict gluten-free (GF) diet

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Getting Started: GF In 1, 2, 3