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Celiac Disease

Updated: Sep 13, 2021

As many of you may know already, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease about 6 years ago. While I was still living Saskatoon, the results finally came through a series of blood tests and an Endoscopy, the whole process lasting around 6 months. Although the procedure, and the word itself, seemed pretty scary after what seemed liked seconds I was waking up from a nap in the hospital bed; I do not to remember a thing!

So what is Celiac Disease?

"You can't have like, bread and stuff right?"

So basically the easiest way to describe it is in my words is: The ingestion of gluten causes an extreme autoimmune response causing a range of unpleasant symptoms, mainly in the digestive track, but also can include a variety of other symptoms.

In more scientific words, according to

"When people with celiac disease eat gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley), their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine. These attacks lead to damage on the villi, (small fingerlike projections that line the small intestine,) that promote nutrient absorption. When the villi get damaged, nutrients cannot be absorbed properly into the body."

*This is a stuffed animal intestinal villi that I own! I purchased mine in a shop in Kingston, ON. but if you are looking for one, or one related to your condition, they can be found here!

So what's are we talking about, what does this mean?

Intestinal villi are "Tiny hair-like projections that line the inside of the small intestine. They contain blood vessels and help absorb nutrients." When these become shriveled up, (like our friend in the picture above) we cannot absorb the nutrients we need from the food we are eating which leads to an array of health concerns, especially if untreated over time. Malnutrition from this improper absorption of nutrients can slow the healing process down, and double the workload on the already weakened immune system.


As with many health problems, Celiac Disease cannot be fixed overnight or by taking a medication. The only thing that has been found to help people with the symptoms is a strict gluten-free diet. The good news is that because it mainly targets your digestive tract, there are things you can incorporate into your diet, and things you can take out to speed up the recovery process! Whether it is needed at the beginning of your diagnosis or an accidental ingestion or cross-contamination things like ginger, turmeric, and a good probiotic are a Celiac suffers best friend!

How does cross-contamination work?

Say you make yourself a sandwich with regular bread on a cutting board, and you want to help me out because I am hungry to so you leave out the knife and cutting board for me.

Aww, thanks! I use the same cutting board and knife you used, and even though I have changed to gluten-free bread, the crumbs of gluten have gotten into my sandwich and when I eat it my body is going to be unhappy!

Have you recently been diagnosed?

Change is hard - this unfortunately will be a true testament to that statement! However, human beings, (just like you!) are known to be capable of overcoming the largest obstacles and challenges!

Let's talk recipe creation, resources, restaurant adaptations and recommendations, inflammation control, "glutening" tips for quick relief, food labels, food frustration and much more!

Yours in Health & Fitness,

Coach Danielle

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