Friday, October 23, 2015

October 2015 Meeting Summary

The tuesday, October 13th meeting of the Prescott Area Celiac and Gluten Free Support group at the Prescott Valley Library was a great success!  Since moving to the new location the group has added to local membership each month.  It is very significant how many of the group are now living the gluten free lifestyle and it is important for group members to continue to gently educate friends, familys, co-workers, restaurant staff, etc. Doing so goes a long way in alleviating unwarranted episodes of getting "glutenized" when sharing a meal, either in someone's home or at a restaurant.

Meetings have been so jam-packed with much important and useful information that it's becoming more and more challenging to summarize all the discussions into a few paragraphs. 

The group discussed the recent Cheerios debacle/recall, and updates have been previously sent to all.  Co-leader Linda C shared very interesting and alarming info about green tea.  It would be a good idea for those who drink green tea to purchase the brands that say gluten free or have the certified gluten free logo on the box.  Some tea bags have been sealed with wheat glue? Several green tea brands have been cross-contaminated with barley. Linda has contacted Tetley, Tazo Lipton, Stash, Celestial and Republic of Tea. One should be wary of any flavored tea whether it be black tea or green tea.  Call the Tea Company of your choice to verify that what you are drinking is gluten free.
Every October and February there is an updated website advising the latest info on GF candy. Check out

Also Nicole shared information on a mail order company that will send members the newest gluten free & celiac-safe snacks. The founder of the company has a great video about her concept and her reliability. goes by the online name GFREEFOODIE.

The support group has several new members whose young children have been diagnosed Celiac or are Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitive.  It is difficult to be GF as an adult, but imagine the challenges these children have! If members of the group have suggestions for manners in which parents may share more of this info with their kids or about a gluten free get together with this focus, let Renee know and she will try to help coordinate a meeting.

The next meeting of the Prescott Area Celiac and Gluten Free Support organization will be held tuesday, November 10th, at Prescott Public Library from 12-2PM. Meetings are held the second tuesday of each month. For more information, please contact Renee at

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