Coeliac Disease,  Nutrition

Coeliac Awareness Week, March 13 – 20, 2012

Did you know that 160,000 Australians have coeliac disease but they are unaware.
1 in 100 Australians have coeliac disease with 75% undiagnosed.
In order to raise public awareness of Coeliac Disease and improve diagnosis rates, Coeliac Awareness Week’s campaign encourages anyone with typical symptoms of coeliac disease to make a visit to their GP.
If you have any of these symptoms that are common to coeliac disease:
  • Unexplained and extreme fatigue
  • Abdominal symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, cramping, alternating bowel movements, diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, vomiting, wind
  • Headaches
  • Joint pains
  • Easy bruising of skin
  • Recurrent mouth ulcers or swelling of mouth or tongue
  • Altered mental alertness and irritability
  • Failure to thrive in kids, delayed growth or delayed puberty in kids
  • Family hisotry of coeliac disease
  • Unexplained infertility
  • Osteoporosis
  • Iron deficiency anaemia and or other vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Autoimmune disease
speak to your GP about your symptoms. These symptoms can be due to a number of other factors so it is important to see your GP for a qualified assessment and medical diagnosis.
At current a strict life-long gluten free diet is required if you are diagnosed with coeliac disease. It is important to see a qualified dietitian who can educate you about the gluten free diet and help make sure that you are consuming a healthy balanced gluten free diet and not missing out on important nutrients.
Another important point to make is that a gluten free diet does not have to be boring. It will be a challenge to you initially as it is a change to your usual eating habits but with some time, patience and dedication a gluten free diet can be just as exciting as your previous gluten containing one. Perhaps more exciting!
I suggest seeing a dietitian experienced in this area, attending some supermarket tours to help you understand how to read food labels and to see the huge range of gluten free foods available and participating in some cooking classes to get you more confident in the kitchen with gluten free ingredients.
Steph Gaskell is an Accredited Practising Dietitian specialising in gastrointestinal nutrition with a special interest in coeliac disease. To make an appointment with Steph, please call (08) 8373 4944 or email  Consulting rooms: 38 King William Road, Goodwood
Steph is guest presenter at a Gluten Free Cooking Class run by chef, Mel Haynes on Wednesday April 4, 6:30 – 8:30pm. To make bookings please contact Mel Haynes on
Please click on the link below to see some yummy Gluten free recipes and start enjoying gluten free now! These recipes may introduce you to some new grains such as quinoa and polenta, both nutritious grains.
Please visit Coeliac Australia for more information and support
Thank you
Steph Gaskell
Accredited Practising Sports Dietitian
ISAK Level II Accreditation
08 8373 4944
38 King William Rd, Goodwood

Stephanie Gaskell is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, an Accredited Sports Dietitian, and a competitive Ultra Trail Marathon Runner. She is available for Phone and Skype Consultations, and has published the FODMAP™ & Gluten Status Sports Supplement Guide.

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