Podcast Episode 46: It’s Ok to Cry – Child Celiac Diagnosis

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The latest episode of Hold The Gluten Podcast is now live!

Episode 46 “Gluten Free Family” Features:

  • Maureen’s 10 year old daughter just diagnosed with celiac.
  • Vanessa’s chocolate mission
  • New classification system for gluten-related disorders.
  • Gluten-free camps for kids. Sign up now across the country.
  • Gluten-free bagels are possible!
  • What do YOU think of the HTG Podcast? Leave your feedback wherever you download this podcast!

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Maureen Stanley was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2005. Way back before gluten-free was “mainstream“. Maureen created Hold The Gluten blog and podcast in 2008 as a way to connect members of the gluten-free community across the world.


  1. I’m sorry to hear about your daughter’s diagnosis. I can empathize. I went through the same thing a couple of years ago when both my younger kids were diagnosed with celiac disease. They were 13 and 18 at the time. But they’ve both handled it really well. And while neither of them were happy about it, they both adopted the attitude that by finding out early they won’t ever develop the symptoms I developed that come with long-term undiagnosed celiac disease (iron deficient anemia, osteoporosis, neuropathy, depression, etc.).

    Since my wife is the only one without celiac disease now, we have very little gluten in the house of any sort. She’s really tackled gluten free cooking with a passion. And I cook as well. And we’ve taught or are teaching the kids to cook. (Our son is a sophomore at Baylor with an apartment and doing most of his own cooking.)

    I don’t think I have clear, overt symptoms from gluten either. (Though as it’s healed, my digestive system has become somewhat more sensitive. For instance, I have a hard time tolerating gluten free oats and dairy now. I think a lot of that is because it was so severely damaged before I was diagnosed.) The kids don’t either. So we’re just very careful and get the blood test every year to make sure we’re really controlling the disease well.

    Our daughter, as I mentioned, was thirteen when she was diagnosed. That’s a little bit older than yours, but she handled it really well and her friends are extremely protective of her and help watch the food around her. At one sleepover/birthday party recently, they even had a gluten free pizza from Promise Pizza for her. I hope your daughter finds the same network of support from her friends.

  2. I love this podcast! Gluten free is totally tolerable, especially if you know how to cook.

    By the way, there is an increasing population of people who are eating gluten, and not just because they are celiac or intolerant. I hear Maureen mention this in a past podcast but these people are on the Paleolithic Diet. The Paleo Diet basically says to eat as close to the way our stone age ancestors ate and what did they NOT eat? Gluten and grains in general (this includes nachos – corn!) But I think Maureen, Vanessa and fellow listeners should blog of author of the Paleo Solution, Robb Wolf. He talks extensively about gluten and calls it “Satan’s Excrement” lol. Keep up the good work!

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