Did you all see our Amazing banner? A BIG thank you to Mr Lootah from Integrated Green Resources llc, the distributor of Schaer products in The UAE. This will make it so much easier to find us during events!
Yes, we finally joined Pinterest! Finding it super useful so far, a great and easy way to collect all those links in the right places! You can visit our boards even if you dont have an account, so please do check it out :) Let us know if you want a specific board added. Click the logo below!
So thats all folks, Summer is here, the UAE is emptying for holidays, and I am moving house!
Since starting Gluten Free UAE I haven't taken ANY time off, so this summer, I am going to give myself a proper break. Don't worry though, I have a huge backlog of recipes and restaurants to add to the website, and I will get those up at some point, as well as update twitter and Facebook when I feel the urge.
But OFFICIALLY I am now on holiday until Schools start in September. Thanks to ALL of you for all your support over the past 15 months or so. Keep your posts on Facebook coming, I will still check the email for anything urgent, so if you are newly diagnosed and need some advice, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Always happy to help. Thanks :)
We do! :)) When Katinka comes around with our delivery the children always ask for Pizza or Lollipops straight away. In our house Katinka is now known as 'the Pizza lady'. I hope she doesn't mind to much. As part of our birthday celebration we have been given a 150dh voucher to pass on to one of you.
So, tell us, here or on Twitter or on Facebook (under the voucher picture), which is your favourite product from the Gluten Free Supermarket? Mine is easy, its the Schar Pizza bases!
Good Luck everyone :) Winner will be announced on the 2nd of May.
Our Birthday Celebrations continue, Organic Foods and Cafe have given us this glorious gift basket to give away. Its full of gluten free goodies. If you want to be in with a chance to win it, hurry on over to our Facebook page. Please note the basket will need to be picked up in Dubai by the winner.
A big thanks again to Organic Food & Cafe for all your support!
As many of you may already know, not all insurances will cover testing for Celiac / Gluten intolerance. Whilst insurance may cover the test for someone with a whole string of symptoms, the same may not be the case for a relative of someone with Celiac who is symptom free.
Should relatives of someone with Celiac be tested? There is a 1 in 22 chance that someone with a first degree relative who has Celiac will develop the disease too (1 in 39 for a second degree relative). My personal opinion (remember, I am not a doctor) is to test anyone in your family who may be at risk, but most certainly all 1st degree relatives. Given that over 95% of Celiacs world wide are undiagnosed, really, there can be no harm in doing the test right? There are tons of websites out there discussing this. Google 'who should be tested for Celiac' and you will get many answers.
Tests can vary in cost from a few hundred, to well over a thousand dirhams. So if you have a big family it may not even be possible to test everyone in one go unless insurance is covering.
Help is at hand. XY Clinics in Dubai have offered to do super affordable testing for all Gluten Free UAE members the 11th April to 11th May. All you need to do is quote 'Gluten Free UAE' when you book. You will get the test for 175dhs during this time (usual price 750dhs). This is very generous of them and I can not thank them enough, I hope you all help spread the word and get people to get tested! The tests they do for us this month are not even covering their costs!
A few points to remember:
Today one year ago, Gluten Free UAE was created. What a long road we have traveled together! We are a big community now and a force to be reckoned with. Personally I have noticed a big change in availability in shops and also to some extent in awareness, have you? I hope so :) We have received some generous birthday gifts from companies and I will be passing them all to you over the coming month. Keep an eye on Facebook and twitter for details :)
I also want to say a big thanks to the girls behind the scenes, Beatrix, Angela, Kristy, Anja, thank you for the recipes, Daniella, thank you for all your help with phone calls and research, Samantha, thank you for your reviews, Marie-Claire, thank you for hosting Abu Dhabi meets, and to all of you who contribute here on Facebook and on twitter and by emailing me, THANK YOU!! :)