We think it’s important to always be open about what the coeliac condition actually involves food-wise, and once you feel comfortable enough with your fellow housemates and friends, 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.
Below are the education basics…
What you can and can’t eat
You may be used to knowing which foods are safe and unsafe to eat – especially if you’ve been diagnosed since childhood and have gotten into good practice. It’s quite easy to forget that others may not even know where to start, or may think being coeliac is simply a ‘fad,’ not realising that coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition and therefore restricting all gluten from your diet is very important.
It might help to have a list of foods you buy that are gluten free and stick it on the fridge door! It could help remind others of what’s good and what’s not.
Cross-contamination is a lot easier to overlook, but equally as important for ensuring your diet is kept gluten free.
View our dedicated cross-contamination page for lots of useful tips.
Lots of foods can contain sources of gluten in hidden or unexpected ways. This ‘hidden gluten’ is another problem that can result in you accidentally consuming gluten and making yourself sick. Because of this, it’s very important that you read the labels of any food products you are buying with a hawk eye! It’s essential that anybody else who will be making you food or coming into contact with your food is made aware of this too.
Please note that products labelled as ‘wheat free‘ or ‘free from‘ are not necessarily gluten free. They might contain things like rye, or barley-based ingredients, for example. The Coeliac UK Food and Drink Directory is a great resource to know what is and isn’t suitable.