BeBopAlu Website Launched in Time for Celiac Awareness Month!
It seems fitting that our BeBopAlu website http://www.bebopalu.com is launched just in time for Celiac Awareness Month. In the seven years since my son was diagnosed, I am amazed at the increased awareness about Celiac Disease, gluten-intolerance and other autoimmune diseases. It’s wonderful that so many more restaurants have gluten-free menus, that I can get gluten-free pizza from a half dozen places within a 5-mile span of my home, that more products are visibly labelled “gluten-free ”and that I don’t have to solve the mystery of whether “modified food starch” contains gluten quite as often as I used to.
But we have a LONG way to go. There is no known cure – other than a gluten-free diet. Too many restaurants are happy to charge more for their gluten-free items but seem annoyed when you explain you have Celiac and ask them to ensure the gluten-free food is prepared correctly.
It is my hope that more gluten-free versions of favorite foods increasingly become available. Most of all, I hope that people without Celiac or gluten-sensitivity become more aware and therefore, more accommodating to those with who must eat gluten-free. Maybe they’ll see it’s actually pretty easy to provide a gluten-free option similar to what everyone else is eating. And, it’s OKAY to ask questions if you’re not sure.
With Celiac Awareness Month almost here, I hope that I can personally continue to increase awareness about Celiac. Just because people have to eat gluten-free doesn’t mean they all like the same things to eat. I hope that by offering many gluten-free choices for our themed BeBopAlu Boxes, gluten-free foodies get to choose exactly what they want!