Welcome to Gluten Free in SD (San Diego)

The goal of Gluten Free in SD is to provide useful and accurate information about living gluten free in San Diego. Also included are resources that provide additional information about celiac disease and gluten-free diets. Comments, suggestions, and recommendations are encouraged to keep this website up-to-date and as useful as possible. Please use the Contact Us section of the website – all input will be greatly appreciated.

San Diego Resources
(Frequently Asked Questions)
Basics of the Gluten-Free Diet PDF

What's New

The following are some of the events that will occur or news items that have been reported within the last month (dates indicate when the information was added). The most recently posted are in red type.

Local Events

Local Events  

  • CSA annual picnic: July 26, 12 - 3 in Village Park, Encinitas. CSA will provide the main course, and the rest will be a potluck. Kelli Grey-Meisner, RD, will be present to answer your nutritional/dietitic questions. All welcome. More info to follow. San Diego CSA Chapter #57

Note: For additional research study summaries and articles, see the Celiac Disease Foundation website under Research News, and the Research section on the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University website.

  • Neuropathy & celiac disease: In a large controlled study in Sweden, patients with celiac disease were found to be 2.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with neuropathy. Conversely, the researchers also found that patients with neuropathy were at increased risk of future celiac disease. 5/11 www.medpagetoday.com/Neurology/GeneralNeurology/51467

  • Gluten found in many probiotics: In a study at Columbia University, over half of the probiotics tested were found to have gluten in them, including some that claimed to be gluten free. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/19/many-probiotics-taken-for-celiac-disease-contain-gluten/

  • Senior Living Facilities and GF: "I have found a few that will prepare special gluten-free meals, but none so far that can offer a variety." Patricia Burger, Senior Living Advisor, patriciaburger@ourparents.com She states she will continue looking further for a couple she is serving, and will let us know if she finds anything. Please share if you have found a senior living facility that is good about preparing GF meals. Roxie, 4/29

  • May is Celiac Awareness Month: http://www.celiaccentral.org/AwarenessMonth/

  • Lawsuit demanding regulation of gluten in meds: An individual with celiac disease has filed a lawsuit demanding that the FDA either outlaw gluten in medications, or require gluten labeling in medications. Article in Truimph Dining blog on 4/28.

Cooking (also see "Resources - Cooking" and "SD Resources - Food")

Restaurant/Bakery Updates (also see SD Restaurants by Area, Alphabetized List of SD Restaurants, and SD Resources - Food)

  • Stacked: Fashion Valley Mall in Mission Valley. "Stacked Restaurant in Fashion Valley has a great selection of GF items: pizza, sandwiches, and even Mac 'n cheese! Great GF buns. GF fries (dedicated fryer). I had a Santa Fe Sandwich on a GF bun. It was amazing. www.stacked.com/san-diego/ Darcy, 4/29

  • 200 Fast Food Restaurants: The website "The Celiac Scene" lists over 200 fast food restaurants throughout the United States that have "made an online commitment to meeting the needs of the gluten free". They give you a direct link to each site. You can specify what general type of menu you are looking for. http://theceliacscene.com/gluten-free-fast-food-united-states/ 5/1

  • Albert's at the zoo: We ate at a restaurant called "Albert's" at the San Diego Zoo. They actually had a gluten-free menu. I had the mushroom risotto, which was delicious. Karen, 4/29

  • Sonima Juice Bar: Encinitas. The Juice Bar is part of the Sonima Wellness Center that includes classes of yoga, dance, and meditation. The Juice Bar includes salads, wraps, bowls, a vegetable lasagna, snacks, cold--pressed juice drinks with many options, and organic coffees and teas. They say everything they offer is gluten free, but double check when you order since it is not specifically stated on the menu. http://www.sonimawellnesscenter.com/ 5/1

Shopping Updates (also see "Product Updates" and "SD Food Stores")


About this Website

This website was created by Roxie Johnson and "tech wizard" Ken Loomis using the software program Dreamweaver. Ken Loomis has since passed away, and is greatly missed. This website is not sponsored by or affiliated with any specific group, organization, or company.

Both myself (Roxie) and my then-16-year-old daughter (Karen Lynn Johnson) were diagnosed with celiac disease in 1998. This website contains information I have gathered over the years, and also links to what I consider to be many reputable resources for further information. I am not in the medical field, so please consult a physician before acting upon any information provided in this website.

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