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Coeliac Awareness Week. 11th – 17th May

This week is Coeliac Awareness Week.
11th – 17th May

Coeliac disease effects 1 in 100 Brits, including James Day Midlands 'Virtual foodie' and proprietor of this website. Coeliac (pronounced see-liac) disease is a serious lifelong autoimmune condition triggered by eating gluten - found in wheat, barley and rye.

Special Coeliac Week Service – We have set up a special facility icon on the advanced searches of to highlight those venues which cater for special diets from carveries who provide wheat flour free gravy to top restaurants who make wheat free desserts.

Just visit our Advanced Search and be sure to tick 'Speciality Diet Friendly' as part of your other searches, and look for the new icon above indicating that the venue is sympathetic to your needs - just mention your needs, and

Though debilitating, Coeliac Disease can be overcome through sensible eating and awareness. Dinewithus Proprietor James Day comments “being allergic to wheat based products is really inconvenient for many people around the UK, and doing what I do, spending my days in restaurants and food pubs, and writing reviews it does n’t make dealing with it any easier” James Comments “But with sensible choice of restaurant and a sympathetic chef, the awkwardness of explaining the restrictions is often overcome - If I can do it anyone can"

Coeliac disease and its related symptoms are caused by many things, but largely from wheat gluten which forms naturally in the growth of wheat, and is retained after processing the wheat into flour. The gluten acts as a natural agent to bind foods such as bread, cakes pastries and as a thickener to sauces, gravies, and a large proportion of processed foods.

James explains “with many of the regions restaurants employing expert chefs which know what ingredients are in all their dishes, with a little enquiring, they can often adapt any dish to suit a Coeliac. Many restaurants  who feature on our website and more recently our website which focuses on those venues who source a high proportion of their menu from the region, highlight that they can cater for special diets”

For more information on Coeliac Disease and how you can seek help and diagnosis visit the official Coeliac Society website:

What are the symptoms of Coeliac Disease?

The symptoms of coeliac disease vary from person to person and can range from very mild to severe. Not all effects of coeliac disease are related to the gut.

Possible symptoms include:
•    bloating, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhoea, excessive wind, heartburn, indigestion, constipation
•    any combination of iron, vitamin B12 or folic acid deficiency
•    tiredness, headaches
•    weight loss (but not in all cases)
•    recurrent mouth ulcers
•    hair loss (alopecia)
•    skin rash (dermatitis herpetiformis-
•    defective tooth enamel
•    osteoporosis
•    depression
•    infertility
•    recurrent miscarriages
•    joint or bone pain
•    neurological (nerve) problems such as ataxia (poor muscle co-ordination) and neuropathy (numbness and tingling in the hands and feet).

For more information on Coeliac Disease and how you can seek help and diagnosis visit the official Coeliac Society website:

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