Your Challenge, Should You Choose to Accept It …
Today, I’d like to set you a challenge. It’s a challenge you can take up for a week, a day or even just one meal. It’s also a challenge where you can raise awareness and raise some cash, if you choose to do so.
Coeliac Awareness Week runs from 16-23 May this year and its aim is to get people thinking about what it’s like to live with Coeliac Disease and to show the catering industry that gluten free food is in high demand. You can help.
For thousands of people who are diagnosed with coeliac disease, for which there is no cure or medication, the only treatment is a strict gluten-free diet for life. This is not a faddy diet choice. People with coeliac disease are restricted by their diet, the only treatment for their condition, and do not have the choice of easily picking up a sandwich for lunch and cannot choose from an array of different restaurants for a meal out.
People with coeliac disease would like to be able to eat out with choice, not lots of questions to the catering staff about food ingredients, and you can help us to change this.
There are lots of ways you can get involved, depending on what you’d like to do. Check out these ideas:
- try following a completely gluten free diet for a whole week
- get your colleagues to agree to a gluten free lunch one day during Awareness Week
- Hold a gluten free Come Dine with Me
- Go out for a meal with friends and get everyone to order to gluten free
- Cook a gluten free evening meal for the whole family
- Get sponsored to do one of the above
- take part in one of the activities provided by Coeliac UK supporters
- write to your MP
- Challenge a chef to take the Awareness Challenge
I’ll be taking part by baking 60 gluten free muffins for my son’s classmates and teachers, which will be handed out at school along with information leaflets about Coeliac Disease. I’m hoping to do something else too, but I haven’t decided what yet.
There are loads of resources available on the Coeliac UK website including information leaflets, recipe cards, balloons and stickers.
It’s easy to get involved and do something to raise awareness of an incurable disease which affects 1 in 100 people. Will you take the challenge?