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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.