Friends & Family

Friends & Family living gluten free

You may live with a person with coeliac disease or perhaps they are visiting your house. It’s really important to understand the every day challenges that a person with coeliac disease lives with. Although it may be daunting thinking about how to do your bit to help your friend or relative stick to their strict gluten free diet, with a few tips and guidance, all will be well!

Educating others about coeliac disease

We think it’s important to always be open about what the coeliac condition actually involves food-wise.

Once you feel comfortable enough with your fellow friends, family and colleagues, it’s a good idea to educate them too – or even refer them to this very site! You might find that they’re more interested than you’d think.

Avoiding cross-contamination

As a coeliac, you’ll probably become sick of hearing the phrase cross-contamination, but learn to love it. It’s mostly common sense, but even the most practised person makes mistakes – so it’s really important when you’re in a new and possibly daunting environment to think about what will be safe for you to eat. Read on for tips and advice.

Eating in shared spaces

The main thing to remember is that preparing and cooking gluten-free meals is the same as it would be with gluten-containing recipes – you just have to be careful to avoid gluten, and watch out for cross-contamination. We have put together some advice that you can use to make sure that you’ll have no gluten stress in your shared accommodation…

Shopping gluten-free on a budget

Gluten-free foods can be pricier than their gluten-containing counterparts in the supermarkets, so that’s why it’s particularly important as a student to prioritise, budget and, if you are fortunate to live in an area where gluten-free foods are still offered on prescription, make the most of your prescription.