Coeliac Awareness Week 2019 - we are very aware.
To kick off the 2019 Coeliac Awareness week, we attended the Preston & East Lancs Coeliac Food Fair, a fabulous event run by the local volunteer group as part of Coeliac UK. There were so many fabulous stall holders there, showcasing the variety of foods available to those on a gluten free diet.
Coeliac Disease is something I have been aware off as long as I can remember. My mum was diagnosed with coeliac disease shortly after I was born (a few decades ago), and I have grown up knowing she had to follow a special diet, listening to my dad being very clear with waiters and waitresses as to what she could and could not eat, and unfortunately having to leave in haste a few times when they got it wrong.
For us as a family it was just how it was, we had gravy made from scratch with meat juices and veg water, simple homemade burgers / meatloaf etc. We never felt like we were missing out, and we rarely, if ever ate different meals to our mum.
Fast forward to 2010 and our 23 month old daughter was diagnosed coeliac. Lottie was a 'healthy' 10lbs 5oz when she was born, but her rate of decent into failure to thrive was rapid. We were called Paranoid Parents when we suggested she may be coeliac, but our GP listened and finally took a blood test.
This diagnosis has led to Lottie's Bakehouse, a bakery business created out of a desire to make sure Lottie never felt like she was missing out, to prove to her, her friend and everyone else, that Gluten Free certainly DID NOT mean Goody Free!!