The GF Kid: A Celiac Disease Survival Guide by Melissa London

A daughter’s diagnosis with celiac disease inspires mother to write a survival guide from a child’s perspective.

“I’m no different than any other kid. I’m just a GF kid,” says Paris, matter-of-factly. She is the spunky eleven-year-old narrator of this story for kids with celiac disease who must eat gluten-free foods. 

With equal parts humor and directness, Paris gets right down to business explaining what it is like to have celiac disease.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects 1 in 133 kids. If you have celiac disease, you cannot tolerate gluten, a substance found in many foods, including – gulp! – cake, cookies, pasta, or pizza.

Don’t sweat it. Paris has creative GF solutions for you. She offers tips on what to bring to school, parties, and sleep-overs; where to shop for GF foods at stores and online; and how to choose from among plenty of foods that don’t contain gluten, like bananas, yogurt, popcorn, chocolate pudding cups, hamburgers, soda, and more!

Paris explains that you don’t have to worry about your friends either. They’ll get on board once they understand that eating even a tiny bit of gluten can make you sick, tired, or slow your growth.

In THE GF KID, you’ll find everything you need to know to get on with your gluten-free life, including:

  • What celiac disease is and how you can manage it
  • How to choose safe, gluten-free foods and what to avoid
  • Lists of gluten-free foods (and candy!)
  • Tips for eating away from home (restaurants, school, friends homes, the movies)
  • Keeping your gluten-free stuff separate from gluteny stuff
  • Favorite GF recipes

If you’re the parent of a preteen or young teen with celiac disease – whether your child is newly diagnosed or has been living with celiac disease for a while – you’ll want to have this friendly and empowering book for your child.

It is also a great read for friends, neighbors, classmates, and teachers who want to be supportive and help your son or daughter to be a GF kid.

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