A healthy gluten free lifestyle for Celiacs
Liena Braconnier is an NHC , (Natural Health Consultant), and a Celiac Nutritionist. She was diagnosed at the age of three with Celiac disease and has sent spent a lifetime understanding how to live a healthy gluten free lifestyle. As a Celiac consultant she assists individuals with the transition to a gluten-free lifestyle. Currently she provides free Celiac awareness workshops.
Celiac disease is a chronic genetically predisposed auto immune disease.
Celiac disease affects 1 in 133 people. People with Celiac disease are unable to eat foods that contain gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye, barley and derivatives of these grains. When ingested, gluten sets off an auto immune reaction where the immune system is unable to distinguish between self and non-self components. The body mounts and immune response against its own healthy tissues, damaging the villi (small, finger-like projections that extend into the small intestine that aid in digestion). This leads to the malabsorption of essential nutrients. Celiac disease is potentially a life-threatening disease that requires a strict gluten-free diet for life.
As a Celiac consultant Liena assists individuals with the transition to a gluten-free lifestyle. She offers guidance to the key steps that are required in order to be successful at maintaining a healthy gluten-free lifestyle. Some of the topics she covers are:
• How to speak with your doctor.
• Testing methods
• How to read labels.
• What is gluten-free
• Avoiding cross-contamination;
• In the home
• Outside the home
• Safe and non-safe products;
• Body care
• Meal preparation
• Dining out; questions to ask the vendors.
• Celiac in the school system, daycare etc.
If you have recently been diagnosed with Celiac, have a Celiac family member, relative or friend and are wondering what food items are safe, come by the store and talk to Liena. She’d be happy to share with you her years of experience living a healthy happy life with this disease.