Approximately 1 in 133 Americans suffer from celiac disease or some form of gluten intolerance. Despite the growth in those choosing a gluten free lifestyle, many questions remain. We have put together a week of fun and educational workshops and cooking classes geared towards the gluten free diet.
With class titles such as “Glowing Skin Without Gluten”, “Gluten Free Baking with Annie May!”, “ ‘Fast Food: A Gluten Free Cooking Class”, “Kombucha 101 for Gut Health”, “Balance Hormones: Remove Gluten”, “Healthy Living with Gluten Free Kids”, and “Increase Your Health by Going Gluten Free”, there’s offerings for parents and foodies of all ages! Many samples will be available to ‘try before you buy’.
A gluten free diet is one that excludes the protein gluten, commonly found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. For those with celiac disease – an autoimmune disease – or gluten intolerance, eating gluten damages the small intestine, affecting the absorption of nutrients which in turn can lead to malnutrition. Left untreated, people with this illness may develop further disorders such as osteoporosis, cancer, other autoimmune diseases, or thyroid disease. A gluten free diet not only helps control symptoms and complications, but is the only known treatment for celiac disease and requires a lifelong commitment.