September 13th is National Celiac Awareness Day. It is an understatement to say that the status of celiac disease has come a long way in the last 10 years. This condition that has afflicted so many, most unknowingly suffering for decades, was a little-known disease that only ‘renegade’ health practitioners recognized as serious and prevalent. Now celiac disease is not only well recognized among the mainstream, but also ‘hot’ (yes, as in every Hollywood starlet is jumping on the gluten-free bandwagon). It is no surprise that 2012 is the first year that National Celiac Awareness Day is being observed, as news and discussion about celiac disease is everywhere now. Some are going gluten-free by choice (hello Hollywood!), but many are going gluten-free because their lives and health depend on it.
As nutritionists at Zing bars, we know what an impact celiac can have on a life. It isn’t just the inconvenience of having to tell your Aunt Mary for the tenth time that no, you cannot just ‘pick the macaroni out of the chili’ and that you cannot ‘make an exception’ for Timmy’s birthday cake. It is the worry that you might get osteoporosis, or accidently ingest some gluten that sets you back months in healing your digestion. However, this disease also impacts life in the greatest way possible, in allowing you to have your life given back to you.
The Nutritionists at Zing have counseled hundreds of patients who have awesome tales of recovery, how they feel happier, healthier and more alive than before their diagnosis. Zing bars were created with these gluten-free and celiac patients in mind. We’ve seen the transformative power of going gluten-free and that’s why we are so passionate about supporting the needs of gluten-free folks.
Now it’s your turn to tell your story. We are having a promotion this week in celebration of Celiac Awareness Day. Tell us your Go Gluten-Free story in 250 words or less. Tell us your story of transformation, how you felt, how going gluten-free put a Zing back in your step! Post your story in the comments below. We will enter you to win $100 in Zing merchandise – including 2 boxes of Zing bars (flavors of your choice), a Zing bars T-Shirt and a Zing bars baseball cap. Two other winners will receive an 8-bar sampler pack. We will choose the winners at random at the end of the day on Friday, September 14th.
Zing Coupon Code
We know you will need a few Zing bars to munch on while writing, so get your gluten-free shop on and use discount code GFday913 for $5 off each box of 12 bars (no limit) with free shipping on 3 boxes or more in our online store. Code is good until September 24th, 2012.
Post your Go Gluten-Free story in the comments below to be entered to win! Have fun, and inspire us! Watch out for special blog posts the rest of this week focusing on celiac disease and the gluten-free lifestyle.
Christine Weiss MS, RD is a dietitian and Bastyr University graduate who counsels people dealing with food allergies, diabetes and digestive issues. She loves working with Zing Bars to raise awareness about healthy living through online media. She can be found at Eating It Up online.