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Gluten-Free Kids Interview Profile: Cassie Age 16

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Name: Cassie*
Age: 16

Q: How long have you been gluten free?
 A: Almost one year, and my stomach-aches are very rare now!

Q: Why are you on a gluten free diet?
 A: I was diagnosed with celiac last October using the blood test – I didn’t want the endoscopy!

Q: Do you feel strange when you are around people who are not gluten free?  Why or why not?
 A: Sometimes it’s frustrating because they don’t have to worry about what they eat, whether it’s been contaminated, etc. But then again, I’m sure that since I’m so aware, I end up eating a lot healthier than they do!
 
Q: How do you feel about being gluten free?
 A: It can be annoying at time, especially if I just want to eat something quick – that’s why I keep a lot of snack bars on hand and gluten-free chips (Cassava are my new favorite!). But I’m also very happy. I used to have no energy, stomach aches every single day. I would be in the nurse’s office at school every day and I almost failed classes because I missed so many due to the intense pain and malaise I was feeling.

Q: Do you think it is hard to find good things to eat?
 A: Not if you look and stay positive. Where I live, there’s a mecca of health stores that have gluten-free foods and even the regular stores. Also, there’s resources like the Gluten-Free Mall. My family is very 
supportive and my brother is always cooking up some new gluten-free recipe. Gluten-free cannoli, yum! And you have to remember that a lot of great foods are already gluten-free, like fruits and vegetables, 
which most people don’t get enough of anyway.
 
Q: What is your favorite gluten free food?
 A: My favorite product are Dr. Schar’s pizza crusts, Cassava chips from Arico, and Glutino 
peanutbutter chocolate bars. But nothing beats just a pint of fresh blueberries or raspberries, naturally gluten-free!
 
Q: If you could ask other gluten free kids a question, what would 
it be?

 A: I’d ask them how they explain being gluten-free when they’re out at restaurants or at other people’s houses, or how their families have been helpful or unhelpful.
 
Q: What advice could you offer to help other gluten free kids? 
 A: Stay positive, remember that you’re actually being healthier than most people and you need to eat right to grow! There’s so many GF foods available now!

 *The name in this Gluten Free Kids Interview Profile has been changed according to individual wishes.

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Author Information: Marissa Carter, Kansas City
Marissa Carter
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About Marissa Carter

Marissa Carter
Marissa is an active member of the gluten free community. She writes gluten free recipes and informational articles online. She also writes reviews of restaurants and gluten free products. Contact Marissa at lostscribe@been-there.com

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