Simple Tips to Keep Your Gluten-Free Grandchild Healthy and Happy!

gluten 250x285 - CopyYou are so excited! Your grandchildren are coming. But you just learn that little Amy is allergic to gluten and has to eat gluten-free. You become a bit anxious. You don’t know that much about gluten allergies, though the parents have filled you in extensively about the Do’s and the Don’ts.

What is Gluten & How does it Affect the Body?

  • Gluten is a substance present in grains, especially wheat, rye, and barley and forms the elastic texture of dough.
  • Gluten allergies, also known as Celiac’s disease, are an autoimmune condition that affects about 1% of the population.
  • Gluten intolerance differs among people based on multiple factors that involve digestion and absorption in the small intestine. Glutenous food can have toxic effects on the intestine to the point of serious destruction.
  • Health issues include severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, and feeling violently sick which could become life-threatening.

The only way to prevent the health issues is to avoid eating foods that contain gluten. It is literally the difference between having a full day of energy and happiness or a full day of pain and sickness. 

It is a ‘no-brainer’ what we want for our grandchild! We just have to adjust a bit and pay attention to avoid gluten-containing food. And, it also is beneficial for us to avoid gluten. It contributes to the health of our intestinal tract.

Simple Tips for Cooking Gluten-Free

  • Simple usually means eating whole foods. These would include fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh meat like chicken or fish, whole eggs, plain cheese, and some dairy products to name a few.
  • Read the labels; if not sure, don’t buy it
  • Search the internet for simple delicious recipes and yummy baking goods , or a variety of cookbooks on Amazon.  You’ll find a number of recipes which will add a little variety to your meal list.
  • Pick the simplest meals and snacks you can prepare
  • Cook the same for everyone! It’s healthy, keeps it simple and your counter and dishes gluten-free. While browsing through the recipes, I got very stimulated to try some of the gluten-free meals and baking.

Mindful Tips of your Gluten-Free Grandchild

Eating gluten-free is not easy for everyone to adjust to. But generally, kids  do well, depending on the ease the parents adjust. But there are times when it becomes difficult for children and we grandparents really can support and have a positive influence. For example:

  • Peer pressure is the harshest. Standing out in a group while eating different foods, in different wrappers or differently packed puts pressure on the child. No one wants to be different.
  • Prepare or buy foods that aren’t noticeably gluten-free. Fortunately, there is a greater variety of common gluten-free cookies, brownies, cakes, and other treats, including Popsicle readily available. Or, bake a fresh batch of cookies to have around other kids join. And, you never disappoint any child with a fresh fruit smoothie. No one would know that you paid attention to gluten.
  • If your friends invite you over while the grandchildren are visiting, simply arrange with your friends ahead and prepare gluten-free food that would not stand out. Your friends will understand and everyone will enjoy the visit without further food discussion.
  • Don’t mention gluten in front of your grandchildren’s friends or your friends when they want to visit.

Most importantly, you will be at ease and enjoy a full day of energy and happiness with your grandchildren, including little Amy. Remember, Amy is not sick or ill. She is healthy but has a gluten-food allergy which is a condition that requires attention.  She will be healthy with you, and you all may like to adjust to gluten-free food, cooking and baking!

We would love to hear from you and your experience about a gluten-free life with grandchildren.

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