Happy Celiac Awareness Day 2012!

Today (September 13th) is Celiac Awareness Day! Congratulations for being so awesome that you have a special day to honor you! If you’d like some background on the founding of Celiac Awareness Day and it’s special meaning, read this piece from The Celiac Sprue Association.

I’ve been celebrating all week by enjoying gluten-free meals at some great restaurants, making my own gluten-free favorites (can you say spaghetti squash 24/7?!?!), and even baking some vegan gluten-free cupcakes courtesy of Wholesome Chow.

I’d like to think that this Celiac Awareness Day is EXTRA special, because it’s the first one that I get to celebrate as Celiac and the Beast. Since forming this blog, I’ve really felt a love of community for all of us who eat gluten-free and have other food allergies and autoimmune conditions. I’ve met so many amazing people and every day that I’m challenged with another medical mystery from this crazy autoimmune disease I know that I have a whole group of new friends to get me through it. Seriously, I can’t thank you all enough.

What will you do today to spread the word about CELIAC DISEASE? Leave your thoughts in the comment section and you’ll be entered to win a free Celiac and the Beast gluten-free t-shirt! ***Keep in mind that the shirts can only be shipped to the US and are only available in S, M, or L*** Random.org drawing ends this Sunday night (9/16) at midnight PST. Please share this with your gluten-free friends too!

If you don’t win, remember you can still celebrate Celiac Awareness Day all year long with a shirt of your own – available for $20 online (that includes US shipping!) on CeliacandtheBeast.com.


Comments: 29

  1. Alysa (InspiredRD) September 12, 2012 at 10:34 pm Reply

    I want one!!!!

  2. DEBORAH MEROLA September 12, 2012 at 10:36 pm Reply

    I always share all the post i get for Celiacs Disease so all my friends and family on facebook can read and understand what we have to deal with every day. I also share that today is the day that honors us Celiacs. GULTEN FREE FOR ME

  3. Meredith Findling September 12, 2012 at 11:21 pm Reply

    I have been following your blog since I was diagnosed with Celiac disease about 4 moths ago. You truly are an inspiration. Whenever in having a moment of weakness or just getting down on myself for feeling different or missing out, your site reminds me otherwise! I would love to support the awareness by wearing an awesome shirt and Inspiron others to do the same. Thank you for EVERYTHING & I look forward to all your future posts. (You’ve even inspired me to start a blog of my own; complete with recipes, journal logs, pictures and keeping the community current in Charlotte. THANK YOU!!

  4. Jessie September 13, 2012 at 2:40 am Reply

    To spread the word about celiac awareness day, I will be posting on all of my social media outlets (where else could I reach THAT many people?). I have a full day of work but my pantry is down to every last gf crumb. Tonight I will be making a trip to whole foods, and then with my little bit of energy left, enjoying some gf hot wings! Hoping to get my non gf bf to cook. He’s extremely cautious with cc. I’m lucky I trust him in the kitchen with my food. 🙂

  5. Stefannie September 13, 2012 at 3:23 am Reply

    Lol not sure what happened with the last one…I’ll spread the word all day,…I’m going to post it on Facebook and tell as many people as I can…yay celiac awareness day!!!

  6. Carole Jordan September 13, 2012 at 4:15 am Reply

    I am newly diagnosed with celiac disease… I am excited to have support from my gf peeps!!

  7. Debra J. Gowlland September 13, 2012 at 6:04 am Reply

    I am always posting articles and lots of celiac info on my fb page. 🙂

  8. Janet September 13, 2012 at 7:29 am Reply

    I’m sharing the information on Facebook and eating a gluten free cupcake from Sweet Ali’s. 😉

    • Alissa September 13, 2012 at 8:40 am Reply

      Janet, I LOVE Sweet Ali’s! Enjoy your cupcake, I’m trying to talk the husband into stopping for one on the way home from work:)

  9. Amy September 13, 2012 at 7:55 am Reply

    Besides wearing this t-shirt 😉 I will post on my FB articles and share with friends what it’s really all about!

  10. Alissa September 13, 2012 at 8:39 am Reply

    I’ll be blogging, Facebooking and tweeting all day, as well as enjoying some of my favorite g-free things … like the homemade pumpkin spice latte I am currently sipping:)

  11. Falyn Harris September 13, 2012 at 9:08 am Reply

    We are celebrating today by having a gluten free birthday party for my son (who also has Celiac Disease). We made up special flyers with a symptoms checklist and encouragement to simply ask for a genetic screening at the next doctors appt to put in the goodies bags to send home with the families. We are also encouraging all of our friends and family to do the same on facebook. We have been on a mission this summer to educate doctors and individuals about Celiac Disease and we will be continuing long into the future.

  12. Bridget Snyder September 13, 2012 at 9:34 am Reply

    spreading the word….just ordered genenetic test for our family!

  13. Kayla Tippin September 13, 2012 at 11:56 am Reply

    Having celiac is a life changing experience and ppl need to be aware of it! One guy I met at a restaurant laughed In my face and said the whole thing is fake! I want to spread the word so idiots like him don’t exist! I love the gluten free me:)

  14. Emma September 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm Reply

    Already posted an awareness note on FB. Gonna share my pumpkin custard with my newly diagnosed friend also 🙂 and it’s kind of my norm to make sure my friends understand what I deal with every day. Maybe make some cupcakes to share with them today?! 😉

  15. Gluten Dude September 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm Reply

    We’re a better celiac team with you on it Erica. And no, I’m not just saying that to get a t-shirt.

  16. Jewel's Cupcake Shop September 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm Reply

    I’ll win something eventually! Haha. I posted a free yummy and a discount to spread the word on my FB, http://www.facebook.com/JewelsCupcakeShop. Don’t make fun of me about the shirt not fitting. My baby bump will go down in November.;)

  17. Katie Hartsfield September 13, 2012 at 2:38 pm Reply

    In honor of Celiac Awareness Day, I’m spreading the GF love by sending happy messages to you + others on Instagram. I’m also hosting a Gluten Free Giveaway on my own site! 🙂

    I really want people to make the switch, whether they have celiac disease like we do or not, and enjoy all the great benefits. 🙂

    I love your site + that shirt!

  18. Katherine D September 13, 2012 at 2:51 pm Reply

    I spread the word today at a seminar I attended – at lunch time, others couldn’t understand why I couldn’t partake in the lunch provided – and so the lecture on being gluten-free AND being vegan (both for allergy purposes) ensued. Everyone was very understanding after that!

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

  19. Sarah September 13, 2012 at 7:59 pm Reply

    I always share about Celiac Disease by facbooking. I also shared at our Girl Scout meeting about eating Gluten-free.

  20. jenn b September 13, 2012 at 8:38 pm Reply

    today as my status on gtalk (instant message program) i put “happy celiac awareness day!” i had 3 people ask me what it was, and taught them. i usually don’t need a specific day, though. it seems i’m talking to people about something gluten free almost every day!

  21. Jess September 13, 2012 at 10:18 pm Reply

    Happy to spread awareness however I can 🙂

  22. Theresa Brown September 15, 2012 at 1:55 pm Reply

    I would like to win this shirt.. Awareness is needed been GF for two years its getting easier

  23. Debra Lee September 15, 2012 at 3:13 pm Reply

    Love this shirt!

  24. Julie September 15, 2012 at 4:22 pm Reply

    I would love to have this shirt to wear in Cincinnati on the 22nd!

  25. Stacey September 16, 2012 at 10:11 am Reply

    I’m newly diagnosed with Celiac (2 weeks ago). Since then, I’m constantly posting things to make others aware of what it means to have Celiac and how they can be supportive! (My friends keeps telling me I need a shirt so everyone at work knows why I am not eating things left in the teacher’s room!)

  26. Kim September 16, 2012 at 10:32 am Reply

    Awareness, posting is one if the best ways to let others understand how some of us must eat!! Always re-post when I can….awesome give seats also <3

  27. Nicole September 16, 2012 at 10:28 pm Reply

    I share emails and talk to my friends and family about Celiac. Since I have only been diagnosed a few months we are all learning together in my family. 🙂

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