Welcome to GIG of Southern Arizona's Southern Arizona Celiac Support

Have  you been diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity? If so, we're here to help you. Welcome to Southern Arizona Celiac Support presented by the Gluten Intolerance Group of Southern Arizona. GIG of Southern Arizona offers a monthly roundtable with information on protecting your health by living gluten free. We also sponsor monthly dining out and lunch groups.

News and Events

Our in-person meetings are resuming, cautionsly

Our parent organization, Gluten Intolerance Group of North America, has approved resuming in-person meeting as long as we follow CDC and local guidelines on pandemic safety.

Remember that we have a group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/118845268130903/ if you have questions or need to discuss something. We have resumed our Roundtable meetins in person. Please see our calendar for dates and information.

Please take care of yourselves and stay safe. For local information on COVID-19 see the Pima County Health Department's Coronavirus disease 2019 page at https://webcms.pima.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=527452.

About GIG

We have transitioned from CSA (which dissolved in May 2017) to the Gluten Intolerance Group. The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) has been supporting the gluten-free community through consumer support, advocacy, and education for over four decades. The Gluten-Free Certification Organization (one of the top certification programs in the world--certifying to 10 ppm) and the Gluten-Free Food Service Certification Program are both programs of GIG. They offer Generation GF for kids, teens, and young adults with gluten-related sensitivities.

What this means to you:

  • We will no longer collect membership dues, (GIG and it's branches are supported by donations.)
  • We will continue to provide the same service and support (roundtable, lunch/dinning groups and general meetings).
  • If you want to be placed on our local mailing list just contact us and give us your email address
  • You can join GIG (our new parent organization) to receive Celebrate Gluten-Free eMagazine as well as email with information and discounts. Sign up for GIG for free
  • Gluten-free kids, teens, and young adults receive a subscription to Generation GF Magazine. Sign up for Generation GF

This is the web site of the Gluten Intolerance Group of Southern Arizona, and we are a local support group of the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America. The opinions expressed here represent that of our Support group and may not reflect those opinions of our national organization.

Ongoing Events

See our calendar for monthly details. Dates may change due to unusual circumstances, so please double check.

Gluten-Free Lunch Bunch

On the first Friday of the month we meet for lunch at a different restaurant offering gluten-free food.

Fourth Tuesday Dining

Join us for a gluten-free dinner every third Tuesday.


Monthly on the fourth Wednesday we meet at Ward 6 City Hall near Speedway & Country Club.

Symptom Checklist

With the kind permission of Dr. Peter H.R. Green we are able to reproduce the symptoms checklist from his book Celiac Disease—A Hidden Epidemic. Use it to see if you should talk to your doctor about testing for celiac disease. We've also attached a diagram showing the steps to arrive at a diagnosis. Note that not every doctor will follow exactly this sequence, but you should be insistent on following up with all tests needed to establish for certain if you do or don't have celiac disease.

It's not just about "wheat"

We want to remind everyone with celiac disease or on a gluten-free diet that ALL types of wheat, by any name, contain gluten at levels harmful to anyone who is sensitive to it. This includes: Bulgur, common or bread wheat, Durum, Einkorn, Emmer, Kamut, Semolina and Spelt and any other type of wheat (any member of the genus Triticum). Be wary of any claims to the contrary.

Our parent organization, the Gluten Intolerance Group, has a web page outlining gluten-free grains with a description and suggestions on how to use them.

Gluten-Free School Lunches

The diet.com blog recently posted an article on school lunchs and making sure they are gluten free. The include suggestions on how to ensure that your child receives gluten-free meals at school. There's also a good article from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness on gluten-free lunch guidelines and how to navigate the requirements of your school.

Contact Us

Your comments and requests for information are welcome. Contact us by telephone, email or online form.

Last modified on July 22 2021.

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