In November I wrote a blog post about my hair brained scheme to build a project that see’s primary school children learn about Coeliac Disease through ‘inclusivity’ sessions like the one Peggy held at her school last year (‘Food For All At School’ or is it just a daydream? ). The general gist of this idea is that, by learning about the issues of those … Continue reading Everyone Remain Calm – The Future is Bright
Do you ever have that thought in your head that won’t go away? Like an itch you’ve got to scratch. A niggling thought that, over time (and countless episodes of staring out the window in a daydream) evolves into an all consuming ‘thing’ that you need to do ‘something’ about – but you’re not sure what? I feel like that about the ‘Coeliac Awareness’ afternoon … Continue reading ‘Food For All At School’ or is it just a daydream?
- 4 Parties
- 4 National Trust visits (#gettingourmoneysworth)
- 1 Wedding Anniversary
1 Cinema Trip
- 3 Camping Trips
- 1 Hospital Visit
- 2 Beach Days
- 1 Birthday
- 8 Shooting Stars
- 4 Bike Rides
- 2 Visits from the Tooth Fairy
- 25 (approx.) Ice Lollies
- Countless picnics
- Endless fun………….
Summer 2018 – it’s been a blast!
But the thing that Summer 2018 will be remembered for most of all, will be the time we were invited to be involved in Asda’s ‘Inclusivity Project!’ Turns out my ramblings about Peggy and Chris’ dietary needs sparked some interest at ASDA HQ, and when we learnt about its initiative to encourage a more inclusive food landscape for the individuals and families living with dietary needs
like ours, it was a no brainer – we wanted to be involved! The language which surrounds coeliac disease (and most dietary needs) can be quite terrifying and strike the fear of God into us (and inevitably results in people being too afraid to cater for coeliacs out of fear they might do something disastrous). To have the opportunity to talk about ways to avoid cross-contamination in the kitchen, showcase our favourite products, recommend our family’s ‘go-to’ free-from recipes, how to handle parties and school is amazing if it means we might help others in a similar position to ours. We hope it’s a big step towards educating the nation to understand dietary needs and intolerances, being brave enough to cater for those people in their lives with conditions like coeliac disease.
Being part of Asda’s ‘Inclusivity Project’ couldn’t have come at a more fitting time – back to school
time is an emotional one for many reasons. Whether you’re in the ‘Thank Christ That’s Over’ or ‘I Can’t Bear For It To Be Over’ Summer holiday camp it can be filled with anxiety. None more so than for the parents of a child with dietary needs like coeliac disease. It means preparing to let go of the control and responsibility of feeding your little (or big!) one and ‘handing them over’ to school, trusting that they’ll provide a safe environment (in both the dinner hall and classroom) which can create a feeling of unease and nervousness. This is even more unnerving if your child is transitioning up into a new nursery, school or college.
Dear Peggy Today you are 6 years, 2 months and 23 days old. You have long legs, mousey brown hair (with flashes of blond from the sunshine), have a scar on your forehead from a sugar induced, high speed, head on collision with a cupboard at a party and have blue eyes which are the same colour as ‘Forget-Me-Nots’ (I had to google ‘light … Continue reading Gluten Free in 2038
I call him warrior because the word ‘sufferer’, ‘victim’, ‘patient’ conjures up images of a weak, feeble, measly soul struggling through life. Bent over double in pain coughing into a hankie, one step away from being carried out on a stretcher when the grim reaper walks past ringing a bell calling “bring out your dead”. Just like the word ‘person’, ‘individual’, ‘husband’ doesn’t … Continue reading Operating instructions for the Crohn’s Disease Warrior
Hair bobble dangling from a strand of hair (her remaining hair forming a frizzy halo around her face), token grazed knee, PE kit (complete with 10 missing vests/socks/someone else’s plimsolls), Bat Man water bottle precariously balanced on top of a bulging book bag, coat wrapped around her waist – my daughter emerges from school on the last day of term before the Easter … Continue reading Perspective
“Christ, will we ever eat out again?” my actual reaction to the GP’s somber delivery of the news that our 5 year old’s recent blood test indicated Coeliac Disease. A reaction you might consider selfish (I could visualise yet another ‘X’ being struck through a social event on our “Dogs In Hilarious Poses” family calendar). Let me throw a little background in here before I’m … Continue reading 6 Life Hacks For Coping With A Gluten Free And Low Fibre Diet