gluten-free guidance

I've been living with celiac disease on a gluten-free diet for the last 47 years. 

More importantly, I have the unique vantage point of a person who has lived on this diet as a toddler, child, adolescent, young and mature adult. 
Each of these stages has provided me with a variety of experiences, phases and feelings that provide empathy and understanding.

In addition to extensive practical experience I have had the benefit of learning a great deal from experts in nutrition, gastroenterology and food related industries while doing research for my first book book. 

My second book was written for children and addresses issues related to any kind of food intolerance.

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Woolfred Cannot Eat Dandelions is a wonderful and beautifully illustrated story that helps to explain food intolerances to children. Claudine Crangle captures the essence of "being true to your tummy." 
—Cynthia Rudert, MD; Medical Advisor, Celiac Disease Foundation and Gluten Intolerance Group; Medical Director, Gluten Intolerance Group of Atlanta

Portland Book Review
5 Stars! Childhood Allergies Have a Hero
In recent years, the number of childhood allergies has become an increasing alert for parents, teachers, schools, and anyone working in childcare. Teachers have to be more aware of what is in their classroom, and parents fear what their child could consume when they are out of eyesight. Woolfred Cannot Eat Dandelions is the perfect book to put  into perspective that everyone has issues with something, whether it’s a food allergy or sensitivity.
This book hits home with an issue not everyone deals with personally, but everyone knows someone who is affected. Claudine Crangle has done a wonderful job of stating a grown up issue in a manner that is easy for a child to understand. A cute story, with simple language and examples of the desire to “throw caution to the wind” and eat whatever you want no matter how it makes you feel, this book belongs in the hands of every parent of a child with an allergy, every doctor’s office, every school nurse, and teacher’s classroom.
Midwest Book Review

"Woolfred Cannot Eat Dandelions" is a story to help children understand food intolerance, and learning to accept and live with it. The gentle limited palette illustrations in shades of gray, yellow, green, and white, present a young sheep's experience testing the limits of a dandelion intolerance. Because Woolfred loves dandelions so much, at first he cannot accept that whenever he eats them, he gets very sick in his tummy. But after trying several different ways to eat them with the same, tummy-gurgling results, Woolfred learns to accept his dandelion intolerance, and ventures out to enjoy as many other life experiences as he can while honoring this limitation. A handy Note to Parents and Caregivers give additional suggestions for ways to help children cope with food intolerances.

Booklist Review

Here's a slightly disguised episode designed for sharing with children who have food intolerances (as opposed to allergies). All the other sheep eat dandelions. Woolfred can't . . . but they look so good and (as it turns out) taste so good, too. And when Woolfred rebelliously chows down on a clump, his belly inevitably swells with a Gwaaaaglewaaaglewush, down he falls, and out came the dandelions. What if he just eats the flowers? Or just the leaves? Same explosive result. Though Crangle declines to specify or show from which end of Woolfred the plants come out, repeated scenes of hooves dangling in the air on pages bedewed with yellow and green spatters adequately convey the idea. Woolfred at last just shakes himself off and rejoins his flock each member of which, as it turns out, has a similar quirk: Lana sneezes when she's near clover. Bert likes to scratch his bottom on the ground. A closing spread of advice from a psychologist for parents and caregivers adds definitions as well as techniques for support and discussion. 

Living Well With Celiac Disease:
“Great healthy lifestyle advice for those with celiac disease” – Shelly Case, B.Sc., RD and author of Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide 
“A no-nonsense, practical book filled with empathy, and more importantly, get-up-and go which is a must for any newly diagnosed celiac patient or parent. Crangle advocates a healthy lifestyle with lots of variation but no gluten. By the end of the book she feels like the coeliac best friend you never had… definitely a book for the Christmas stocking”. – Coeliac News, Coeliac Society of Ireland
“A refreshingly positive approach to life without wheat” – Living Without Magazine
“Her friendly and informative style and excellent advice makes this a wonderful and necessary book for all that need to find optimum health on a wheat-and gluten-free diet” R.E. Warren, MD., F.R.C.P.C., Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto, Division of Gastroenterology, St. Michael’s Hospital.
“A delightful, accessible and indispensable set of tools for managing life without wheat or gluten. This book is an invitation to happy and healthy gluten-free living and should find a home on the bookshelves of everyone with celiac disease” – Bev Ruffo, Past President, Canadian Celiac Association