13 – 20 March 2016
Coeliac Australia campaigns to increase rates of diagnosis of Coeliac Disease via Coeliac Awareness Week by making the public and health professionals aware of the disease’s symptoms.
As a member of your state Coeliac Association you have access to a wealth of information via fact sheets and contact with volunteers and staff who can assist you with your questions and transition to a gluten free diet.
Data bases compiled from member recommendations of places to eat across Australia and overseas, translation cards in many languages and their yearly Gluten Free Expos are just a few more reasons to become a member of your state association.
For those already diagnosed with coeliac disease, Coeliac Awareness Week is also a friendly reminder to open discussions with family members about the genetic link of coeliac disease.
Consider Coeliac Disease posters are downloadable from Coeliac Australia’s website to help members make the public more informed about the symptoms of coeliac disease. If you have access to community noticeboards or a workplace noticeboard, download a poster and help Coeliac Australia spread the word.
This year’s campaign for Coeliac Awareness Week in Australia (13 – 20 March 2014) is “Stop Feeling Sick & Tired” and aims to encourage people to think of Coeliac Disease as a cause for their unwellness.
Australian statistics highlight that at least 1 in 100 people are affected by Coeliac Disease yet 80% of people don’t know they have the condition.
So what am I doing for Coeliac Week?
Last year I helped man an information station at a shopping centre that our local Coeliac Qld group organised.
This year I am going to blog three gluten free resources that others might find helpful.
This is Jasmine’s third magazine, the other two are available free on-line and for those of us who like printed material, her third magazine has been published. Her ‘Chorizo Macaroni N Cheese’ was a Sunday night hit and I look forward to baking her ‘Monte Carlos’.
This is Bianca’s third on-line magazine. Her first two are available free on-line and now she has launched an on-line subscription for 10 monthly magazines . Filled with new gluten free product information, recipes, health and well being articles and a list of gluten free eating places in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. As we have a family holiday planned for June in Brisbane, this has been a real bonus.
A friend works in a hospital’s endoscopy unit mentioned that this cookbook has been given the heads up by the unit as a wonderful gluten free resource and a must have for those diagnosed with coeliac disease. Written my Debra Malony, the recipe book has been endorsed by Coeliac Australia. To tempt you, a number of her recipes can be accessed via her website (Sticky Date Pudding, Spinach and Fetta Pie, Crispy Potato Zucchini Cakes). I am yet to purchase this cookbook, but I’ll put it on my birthday wish list.
All three would be a perfect gift for friends and family who have Coeliac Disease or are gluten intolerant.
If you or a member of your family has been recently diagnosed with Coeliac Disease then I encourage you to join your state branch of Coeliac Australia.
Your membership will keep you up-to-date on all things gluten free as well as keep you informed on the research into Coeliac Disease. Most importantly your state branch is your “go to” contact for when you are feeling challenged by the transition to a gluten free diet or for having your questions answered about Coeliac Disease.
Your membership is multi-faceted : monthly email newsletters, “Against the Grain” publication and “The Australian Coeliac” magazine. As well, your membership gives you access to travel information, fact sheets, recipes and a Coles Discount Card.
Take advantage of the experience of other members with their recommendations for places to eat in Queensland and their cooking and kitchen tips.
A couple of tips that I have found useful:
When cooking pasta, ensure that you strictly follow the recommended cooking times on the packet to avoid a mushy mess! Look for a corn based pasta as this is more stable than the rice based versions.
Recipes with less flour content will convert to gluten free better than recipes that rely on high amounts of flour. eg. fruit cakes and carrot cakes.
Baking recipes with oil/buttermilk convert to gluten free better than those with butter.
Coeliac Queensland also host the Gluten Free Expo, which is held in Brisbane each year. What a great way to taste test a range of products and talk with suppliers about their product.
And then there is their on-line shop which gives you access to a range of gf food stickers, recipe books, cup cake papers labelled gluten free and heavy duty bread tins.
Support your state branch with your membership and you will be rewarded with ongoing support throughout the year.