Why You Should Take Celiac Disease and Gluten Serious.

Here is an amazing and informing article she has written about Celiac Disease. This disease is part of the reason for the GLUTEN FREE pandemonium that has spread throughout our country.

This article was written by Tonya Retallack a Senior at Upperman High School in Baxter, TN. Tonya is an amazing student who leaves school 3 days a week to come and intern at Mealfit. She does everything from cutting chicken, sweeping floors, to writing articles about nutrition.

She has a bright future ahead of her and I am so glad I have been part of her journey.



My Father also has Celiac so I too know how Gluten and other items effect people.

Enjoy this read from a sharp high school kid.

Celiac Disease

Being the daughter of a parent diagnosed with Celiac Disease; I have experienced firsthand the struggles of this disease. It flipped my family’s world around two years ago when all my dads’ test came back positive. Learning to really read nutrition labels ,grocery shop and cook all over again was a real struggle because we were clueless going into it. I did my research, and over the years I have gathered information to share for the awareness of families that are going through what mine did.


 What is it?

Celiac Disease is one of 80 autoimmune diseases which means it is a disease in which the person’s immune system attacks healthy cells and leads to harming of the body. It is characterized by the damage it causes to the small intestines when wheat, barley, or rye is ingested. Wheat barley and rye all contain gluten which is a combination of two proteins, gliadin and gluten.  Together these two can cause serious irritation to the villi which are small finger like projections in the small intestines that promote absorption of nutrients for the body. If damage is severe in someone with celiac disease, he or she can become malnourished and in some rare cases develop cancer.


Every 1 in 133 healthy Americans of all ages are living with celiac today and a staggering 97% go without a diagnoses. In this disease man and women are both affected, however it is slightly more common in women. Science has proven that some individuals are genetically susceptible to celiac but the exact genetic link is unclear at this time.


What’s next?

It is very important if you are experiencing these symptoms to be tested. An early diagnostic could make a major impact of your quality of health but there are many not so fun steps to take. First is getting the blood test (I got mine done at my local hospital, it came back negative).However if it comes back positive you will need to make a trip to see a gastroenterologist, which is a doctor who deals with the structure, functions, diseases, and pathology of the stomach and intestines.  He will perform an endoscopy to see the damage that already has been done by actually seeing your small intestines without incisions. Sadly, there is no pill or shot that can cure Celiac and there’s no growing out of it. On the bright side however the only thing to keep from having the symptoms is to not eat rye ,wheat, or barley.


Life with Celiac

As bad as it may seem giving up wheat bread and brownies; it could be worse. My dad and other people I have met with celiac says it one of the best things that ever happened to them. They feel better than ever before and a gluten free diet is responsible for that. Even if your test comes back negative there are still millions of reasons to make the switch.

Cite: www.verywell.com, www.cureceliacdisease.org, www.celiac.org, www.livescience.com. www.healthline.com, Medical-surgical Nursing

As you can see this is a lot of information, and an absolute change to your life. Mealfit is an easy way to make the transition, and you still get to eat the great tasting foods you love. Mealfit focuses on Gluten Free Foods, and Gluten Free Eating Plans. Check Out MealFit Eating Plans to get started on a healthier life.

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