In case you’re wondering, this cake is gluten-free! Click the image for the recipe!
Happy Birthday Dr. Gee!
On the off chance you don’t know Dr. Gee, then this post is for you! Oh, and it’s also for you if you have, know someone with, or otherwise care about celiac disease AND it’s for you if you or someone you love has benefited from the increasing variety and deliciousness of gluten-free foods!
September 13 is National Celiac Awareness Day (S.RES.219), and we can trace it all back to Dr. Samuel Gee, who announced his discoveries in the 1887 lecture, “On the Coeliac Affection.” The study of what we now recognize as celiac (coeliac) disease had languished until Gee, who is singularly credited with publishing its first clinical description, as “a kind of chronic indigestion which is met with in persons of all ages.” Perhaps Gee’s greatest accomplishment with regard to the study of coeliac disease, however, was his recognition of the importance of food, not medicine.
“If the patient can be cured at all, it must be by means of diet”
~Dr. Samuel Gee
September 13, 1839 – August 3, 1911
On Celiac Awareness Day and every day, we can thank Dr. Samuel Gee for first recognizing that the key to healing celiac disease lies in the diet alone. Over one hundred years after his death, we celiacs still live by this principle, and live well, I might add!
So what are YOU going to do to celebrate Celiac Awareness Day?
What are you going to do to spread awareness?
First, the celebrating! Might I suggest an ice cream treat that is gluten and dairy-free, as well as being decadently delicious? Ice cream makes any event better, and I highly recommend trying my new concoction!
I chopped up Luna® Protein Bars (Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor!) and filled in the bottom quarter of a glass bowl the pieces. I topped them with coconut ice cream (I used So Delicious® Vanilla Bean flavor), covered the bowl and put it back into the freezer. When the mood hits — or to celebrate Celiac Awareness Day — dig in and enjoy this delicious, and (squint-&-blur) healthy, gluten-free treat! (Each Chocolate Peanut Butter Luna Protein Bar has 12 grams of protein & under 200 calories!)
To help you celebrate, Luna is giving THREE lucky winners 1 box of their top 3 Luna Protein flavors (Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Cherry Almond and Mint Chocolate Chip) AND a Luna Apron AND a reusable Luna shopping bag!
To learn more about Luna’s Protein Bar, have a listen to my Blog Talk Radio interview with their registered dietitian, Tara DelloIacono Thies. To read my review of Luna’s protein bars, as well as some other great new gluten-free snack bars, hop to my review here.
And in case you were wondering about Luna’s gluten-free protocols for their Luna Protein line, here’s their commitment to gluten free (NOTE: ONLY their Luna Protein bars are currently gluten-free):
- First, we ensure our ingredients are gluten free from our ingredient suppliers.
- Second, we make sure the facility has good manufacturing processes and are capable of validating a gluten free claim and
- Third, we test finished product to make sure our products, are indeed, gluten free before reaching consumers.
So how do you enter to win? Easy! Tell me about how YOU will spread celiac awareness on September 13 (or any other day, really!).
Just leave a comment below telling me about how you will do your part to educate someone about celiac disease and about the importance of a safe gluten-free diet. If you want another entry, leave another comment if you have “liked” my Facebook page or followed me on Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.
THE CONTEST IS NOW OVER, but I want to thank EVERYONE for the amazing, inspiring, uplifting ways you spread celiac awareness EVERY day!! Education and awareness make a difference!
Our Contest winners:
- Denise Tobin
- Jessica B