|Photograph by: Brent Wittmeier , edmontonjournal.com|
On Friday before the first Passover seder we had the pleasure of speaking with Brent Wittmeier from the Edmonton Journal. He wanted to know about some of the obstacles and benefits of celebrating Passover with Celiac Disease.
Amanda and I had a nice chat with him over the phone for about 20 minutes. Amanda shared her experiences with finding new and unique gluten free kosher for Passover meal options. As the article talks about she also expressed her happiness to have found a gluten free matzah (that actually tastes pretty good), to be able to participate in all of the Passover traditions/rituals.
We would like to note a couple of things about this Edmonton Journal article titled "Celiac seder: On the challenges, joys, and solutions to dietary problems at Passover".
One of the Rabbi's in the Edmonton Community was quoted as saying "...balancing allergies and dietary restrictions has never been easier... In some other cities with bigger Jewish communities, oat and spelt matzahs are readily available for those with wheat issues.” As most Celiac's are aware, spelt and oat's (unless certified 100% gluten free oats) are not considering safe for a gluten free diet for people with Celiac Disease. Unfortunately this is a common misconception.
Secondly and much less important to the Celiac community, we do not consider ourselves to be Orthodox in our practice of Judaism however we do attend an Orthodox Synagogue.
Amanda and I at GlutenFreeEdmonton.com would like to extend a big thank you to Brent for sharing this story. Click here for the article.