The name Glutenfreelandia was inspired by the medieval feminist Christine de Pizan’s The Book of the City of Ladies (Le Livre de la Cité des Dames), which I read during my freshman year of college. I will never forget when we were asked as a class where this “city of the ladies” actually existed. The answer? The book itself was such city.

Your host of Glutenfreelandia (Anne Marie) is celiac, mom of a celiac girl (Tamara, ten), mom of a GF-compatible boy (Danny, thirteen) and wife of a very tolerant and supportive husband (Mario, age not disclosed!). Here’s a picture of us from a few years ago, closer to when I was first diagnosed with celiac disease at age 40.

Danny has the celiac gene, but he does not have the antibodies in his blood – he also had a few endoscopies over time to double check – and therefore does not have celiac disease. Yet, at least, and hopefully never. Here’s a link to U. Chicago’s CDC for the scoop on screening: click here. More info on this topic to come in later posts.

And here we are in Glutenfreelandia, a truly safe place for celiacs and others that only exists where we ourselves create it.

Questions and concerns welcome. I will try to respond within the week, if not sooner. You can reach me at glutenfreelandia@gmail.com.

Note: You may be asking yourself, “And how is this blogger an expert in celiac disease?” I’m not. I have no medical degree or nutritionist certification. What I know how to do is listen to the signals my own (celiac) body gives me, ask lots of questions, do research and take nothing for granted. My law background helps, and I also have enough connections in the celiac and medical communities that I know whom to ask when I get stumped. That said, I am still learning myself, as I will readily admit to anyone who asks.

Then again, anyone who is not “still learning” probably doesn’t know what he/she doesn’t know. Celiac disease is still widely misunderstood with no cure in sight, so we are all seeking wisdom that will help us live with it and live well. And like other aspects of nutrition and human biology, what we learn each day on the celiac front just may help everyone else too.

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  1. So glad I found your blog! Love the ne 🙂 I’m GF because my daughter has celiac (and maybe her dad too). As of now we don’t know about my 21 month old son (tests not done yet) but my fingers are crossed that he doesn’t. My husband thinks maybe it would be “easier” for our girl if he does, and I see his point, but wouldn’t wish this on anyone. I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog!

    • My son is not celiac (I guess you just read), and I have to say I am very glad for him. He relishes gluten. He also sometimes an “all-over the place” kid – a boy’s boy, if you will – so it would be hard for him at this point to need to be so careful. We have achieved a pretty healthy balance of not making him feel constrained and not making my daughter feel second-class. Some foods are earmarked just for her, so she also gets an advantage sometimes. The most important factor, I think, is that she has healthy self-esteem about it. I am so glad that you also went gluten free for her. I think that makes a huge difference, that someone else is going through the same thing in her immediate life and understands her challenges.

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