Living Gluten Free in South Mississippi

Welcome to Gluten Free South Mississippi! Our mission is to reach out to individuals and families, like ours, who are living gluten free due to Celiac Disease, allergies, other medical conditions or lifestyle choice. We hope to offer support understanding and creative ideas for easy gluten free shopping, cooking, eating out and more.

      Our Family has been gluten free since March 2010 when our 8 year old son was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. In one sense, we were relieved to know that we could finally help our child's chronic abdominal pain by a simple change in our diet. On the other hand, it was a very scary time as we eliminated about 75% of the contents of our pantry and refrigerator of gluten-containing foods. For several days, we wore what we affectionately refer to as the "deer in headlights" look. It seemed as though everything our son loved to eat was harmful to him. After much research and many hours of label-reading in the grocery stores, we were able to restock our kitchen with a variety of foods, Since then, we have experimented with a lot of recipes, some good and some not so good. We have made some mistakes when buying or ordering foods, and we have tried to learn from those mistakes.

          Our son has also had ITP (Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura) for most of his life. We basically lived in the hospital every month getting treatments for his condition. His behavior was erratic, could not pay attention, and struggled in school. He bruised easy and got picked on from other kids for that. After finding out that he has Celiac Disease in 2010, his attitude is great, doing well in school, and best of all he is no longer taking any medications for coughing, attention, or had any treatments for ITP since. I’m no doctor, but I do see a link between him with his ITP and going Gluten Free.

      Now we would like to share our experiences, knowledge and resources with others who may have that same "deer in headlights" look as we once did.  As hard as it may seem, gluten free living really can be simple and enjoyable!

      We would like to form a support group so join "My Forum". We live in the Oak Grove community of Hattiesburg, MS.

Tim and Jennifer Lawing

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