Looking For Help?

Looking for a little gluten free help? Well, you've come to the right place!

I've done my best to source online sites that will help you to go about living a gluten free lifestyle. Are you going on a holiday and need gluten free/coeliac cards? There's a link for that! Trying to find places to eat that cater for the gluten free/coeliac diet in Ireland? There's a link for that! Does it feel like you are the only one who seems to struggle living a gluten free life? No, and there's a link for that! So have a look around on this page and find your feet. You'll be surprised how much help there is out there. Check out my Gluten Free Blog Love http://glutenfreephotos.blogspot.ie/p/gluten-free-blogs.html page for even more useful, informative and quite frankly, brilliant sites to follow and read.  

Please feel free to contact me (glutenfreephotos[at]gmail.com) if you know of any other decent online sources. I will be more than happy to add them here. I am always on the look-out for new gluten free/coeliac resources!

Gluten Free & Coeliac Living:

  • Alex Gazzola http://www.alexgazzola.co.uk/ is a UK based journalist & author amongst other titles who specialises in health, foods, allergies, coeliac disease, food intolerances and more. He has written a book called Coeliac Disease: What You Need To Know http://www.amazon.co.uk/Coeliac-Disease-What-Need-Know which I personally think is an invaluable and practical piece of literature for anyone who suffers from coeliac disease or for gluten intolerants. I could not recommend this book enough. Definitely worth the small cost to buy it (there's a kindle edition available too for all you e-reader folk out there!). A genuinely incredible book that will help anyone understand how to live with coeliac disease and/or to help support those who suffer from it. I cannot say enough good things about this book. It really is a 'What You Need To Know'. It's also worth noting that I was not approached by anyone (third party or otherwise) to promote this book. I have my own copy and I think it is truly a must-have if you suffer from coeliac disease or gluten intolerance.

  • AOECS http://www.aoecs.org is the Association Of European Coeliac Societies with a handy link to international coeliac societies http://www.aoecs.org/?id=-16 and generally a great site to keep up-to-date with what's going on in the coeliac world. A nice way to keep your finger on the pulse.


Food, Food, Glorious Food!

  • Coeliac Pages http://coeliacpages.ie/ is an excellent interactive directory for Coeliac friendly restaurants, etc. and full of user reviews, so you get a true idea of how decent a gluten free friendly venue is. They are always updating their site and it is growing quickly with useful information. You can follow them on twitter here: http://twitter.com/Coeliacpages and also on facebook at this link here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Coeliac-Pages/ Definitely a valuable resource for the Irish (or visitor to Ireland) who has a gluten intolerance.

Travelling Abroad?

  • Are you worried about the language barrier when you travel to foreign countries and you want to ensure that the staff at the restaurant/hotel that you are dining at understand your nutritional needs? If you click on this link it will bring you to an exceptional website where they provide Gluten Free Restaurant Cards in 51 languages. How brilliant is that! You scroll down to the middle of their web page and click on the language of the country you intend on visiting and print out the cards you need. A fantastic resource for the coeliac who travels regularly. http://www.celiactravel.com/restaurant-cards.html

Gluten Free Humour 

  • Howard the Celeriac - Food Makes Me Sad http://www.howardtheceleriac.com/ I love this site! Regular dose of coeliac/gluten free irony and genuine struggle. Sometimes laughter is the best medicine.

Please note that if you suffer from coeliac disease, wheat intolerance or other food allergies, to visit your GP to ensure your diet is the right one for you. It's important to seek professional, medical advice about any nutritional and health concerns you may have.

You will notice that I do not suggest visiting the Coeliac Society of Ireland site as they will charge you a membership fee to access a lot of important information about living a gluten free lifestyle in this country, which I personally find hard to swallow. I have no doubt that the cost of membership to their site curbs numbers from joining. I think it is unfair to 'corner the market' and take advantage of a somewhat reliant community in such a small country. I am aware that they indeed do a lot of good and much needed work, which deserves to be recognised and commended, but personally, I think that what they offer should be freely available in the public domain.