Coeliac Disease

The Essential Guide

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(3 customer reviews)

When you’re diagnosed with coeliac disease, the questions can seem overwhelming. What can I eat? What can’t I eat? Why do I have to avoid gluten? How do I tell people about my condition? What about cooking, shopping and eating out?

It’s thought that around 1 in 100 people have coeliac disease, although many remain undiagnosed. Thankfully, the treatment for coeliac disease is straightforward: people diagnosed with the condition must avoid gluten in their diet. 

This essential guide provides clear and comprehensive information about what the disease is and how it will affect your diet and social life. It gives practical advice about prescription foods available and how to deal with children and teenagers with coeliac disease. Chapters also cover pregnancy, holidays and other conditions associated with coeliac disease. 

Being diagnosed with coeliac disease doesn’t have to mean the end to good food: it can be the start of a healthy and enjoyable new way of eating.

Chapter Headings

What is Coeliac Disease?

Going Gluten Free

Cooking and Preparing Food


Eating Out, Travel and Holidays

Children with Coeliac Disease

Teenagers and Young Adults

Pregnancy, Babies and Weaning

Staying Healthy: Support and Follow-Up

Coeliac Disease and Associated Conditions

Frequently Asked Questions

Help List

Book List

Author Bio

Kate Coxon is a freelance writer and journalist specialising in education, parenting and health-related issues. She has written for national newspapers and magazines as well as the Disability Rights Commission.

She is co-author of Young People, Offending and Local Action (Carnegie Trust/National Youth Agency) and has also worked as a researcher at Oxford University. She has worked with Coeliac UK as associate producer on their DVD Gluten-Free Living. She has a personal interest in coeliac disease as her two children have both been diagnosed with the condition. 

Customer Reviews...

Alan H. Eastwood (via Amazon) -
Having heard a great deal lately about coeliac disease I thought I would investigate further what it all means and came across this book. As a Type 1 diabetic I am also prone to developing other autoimmune diseases, such as coeliac disease or thyroid problems, so it's not just a passing interest for me(around 2-10% of people with coeliac disease develop Type 1 diabetes) The first thing I learned was that coeliac disease is precisely that - a disease. It is not an allergy, and it is certainly not a `food fad', as some sections of the population may believe. It is an autoimmune disease triggered by the gluten in wheat, barley and rye. It is treated by consuming a diet entirely free of gluten, a diet which must be maintained for life as there is no cure at present. This book is an ideal introduction, packed with up to date and useful information and written in a very readable style, with no dry or confusing science. The tone is firm but optimistic, with a comprehensive description of the effects of the disease, how it can be combated, what help is available, and where to go for more information. Food labelling is discussed in detail, making clear the various wording used by manufacturers so good choices can be made. For example, 'wheat-free' products may be made using rye flour, which is not gluten-free, also the differences between 'gluten-free' and 'low-gluten' etc. Each chapter expands on a previous section, covering cooking and preparing food (including a few recipes), prescriptions (specialist food items are available on prescription), eating out and travel, children, teens and adults, and pregnancy. It's a relatively short read, but by the end I felt I had learned enough to know what to look out for and what pitfalls to avoid. Highly recommended to those with both a passing interest and for people newly-diagnosed.


Adriana - -
I particularly like the no nonsense approach, the clear writng style and the clear format of the book. It is also very reasonably priced, which makes it a handy book to give to teachers, grandparents, friends or indeed anyone who may need to know more about the disease and it's ramifications. The book covers a wide range of issues including a good description of Coeliac Disease and it's symptoms, how to start cooking gluten free, eating out, travelling and holidays and a section on frequently asked questions.

2013-07-29 (via Amazon) -
With chapters on children, teenagers and young adults, eating out and travel, pregnancy, babies and weaning, follow-up, support and lots of frequently ask questions, this book is highly recommended for anyone newly diagnosed, or simply confused about coeliac disease.


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