Hoping to be of help to all those living gluten free in the United Arab Emirates – نأمل أن نكون عوناً لكل من يعيش حياته خالية من الجلوتين في دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة
An interesting book written by the Canadian mother of a son with Celiac disease, who was diagnosed in the 1980’s when little was known and the internet certainly wasn’t around for information or support. The original book was “Kids with Celiac Disease” and the new revised and updated edition is titled “Gluten-Free Kids” because it also encompasses children that may need to be gluten-free for reasons other than Celiac disease such as developmental delay and sensory or cognitive issues. The book has lots of practical tips from the veteran GF mum about:
– teaching children to adjust to the GF diet, strategies for eating outside the home, shopping for
ingredients, maintaining a GF kitchen, teaching kids to take control of their diet, and managing behaviour. As well as the typical information about “What is Celiac disease” and “Diagnosis” the book covers the full range of education and emotion issues with raising GF kids – many issues that as a GF Mum I had not thought of. Some of the issues being:-Is my child missing out on experiences by being gluten-free? Will they ever wonder what that certain bread/pizza tastes like? It contains practical information about learning to cope with what can be a dramatic life change to GF and how to transition your children, how to explain it to other people, how to manage with school, parties, camps etc and how to teach them to make safe food choices. It also covers what to do when kids inevitably knowingly “cheat” and eat gluten-containing food, something that can happen long before
teenage peer pressure kicks in.
This is not a cookbook, there are no recipes – it is a reference book for GF parents but it certainly provides food for thought.
Review by Samantha Amai