Gluten Free Diet
A gluten free diet can be overwhelming for children and families, whether they have been diagnosed recently or even for years with celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity. What’s seemingly a normal aspect of childhood–school snacks, pizza or cake at a birthday party, is instead a source of discomfort or even severe health problems. As registered dietitians and as moms, we provide advice, support and encouragement to help children and their families manage a gluten free lifestyle.
We work closely with children with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities to develop a meal plan that is manageable and meets all their nutrition requirements. We take into consideration each child’s tastes and lifestyle in order to develop a plan that each child will be able to implement. We even offer detailed meal plans to our gluten free patients. We also offer tips and advice for challenges, such as birthday parties, school snacks and eating out.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley that causes some patients’ bodies to mount an immune response that attacks the small intestine. These attacks lead to damage on the villi, small finger-like projections that line the small intestine, that promote nutrient absorption. Once the villi are damaged, the body cannot absorb nutrients properly. Patients with celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity can have a healthy, active life when eating a gluten free diet