On the 2nd March 2009, our son Raúl was diagnosed as having Coeliac disease.
What is Coeliac disease?
As the majority of people who come to these pages will know, Coeliac disease is, broadly speaking, an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine. It is caused by a reaction to gliadin, a prolamin found in wheat, and common grains such as barley and rye.
From an outside perspective and without much consideration, the elimination of gluten from the diet can seem simple (which is what we thought): removing bread, pasta, pastries, and alcohol if you are an adult, and problem solved…
…but no, big mistake. Gluten is used a lot in the food industry as a thickening and/or jelling agent. The same machines are also used to carry out various processes or make products. This means that food which supposedly does not contain gluten may be contaminated, due to the difficulty in cleaning the machines and equipment of this substance. It’s a complicated situation.
As an example, it is estimated that 80% of food products manufactured and sold around the world contain gluten.
After the blow of hearing that your son has been diagnosed with an incurable disease (for now), and after the first moments of crying and sadness, we realised that it was our responsibility to make sure that his life was as “normal” and obstacle-free as possible.
At first we put all our efforts into cooking. We started to investigate and work on the elaboration of “gluten-free” recipes. From this our blog ““La Cocina de Storch”, which basically deals with topics on cooking, was born.
We would love for you to walk around our kitchen. We hope that this can give you ideas for a healthy, balanced and gluten-free diet.
Following this we expanded our aims to making people more aware of Coeliac disease. This led to the creation of “Mi Vida Sin Gluten”, a blog to help understand the daily life of a family with two members with Coeliac disease.
Please feel free to have a look at our gluten-free blogs.