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At least two important memos seem to be circulating right now, both of which I missed until a couple of days ago. The first is

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Amazon Grocery: Gluten-Free Food at Discounted Prices, but in Volumes Impossible to Consume Before Saturday

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At least two important memos seem to be circulating right now, both of which I missed until a couple of days ago. The first is that the end of the world begins this coming Saturday. If you're on (near, around, know about, or ever once accidentally encountered) Twitter, you are probably tired of reading about this, and counting down days to the end of the week . . . not because you're worried about the world's termination, but because you're waiting for the topic to die off.

The second and considerably more pertinent (although far less promoted) memo is that May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. This information is not volleying around the Internet, and I only happened to find out by mistake, thanks to Amazon. It turns out that Amazon Grocery, in honor of Celiac Disease Awareness Month, has discounted a whole bunch of their gluten-free products up to 30% off the usual price.

Eating gluten-free can be incredibly expensive, so a deal that means things like KIND Bars (typically sold for +/- $1.80 each) can be purchased in a 12-pack for under $12 is a good deal to know about. The problem with the premise is that Amazon only allows for purchase of products in bulk. You can't get just ONE box of Cocoa Pebbles, you must get four. Boxes of quinoa pasta come in packs of a dozen. I wanted to get some brown rice, but I didn't need 50 lbs of it.

If you're feeding more than one gluten-free person at a time, however, this should generate as much excitement as something like a giant sale at Costco does for "normal" people. Perhaps a bit of additional excitement, since you won't have to deal with long lines; just place your order online and somebody will very nicely bring it to your front door, hassle-free.

Note that this sale is running only through Amazon itself (via the Amazon Grocery), and not through Amazon Fresh, so it's an opportunity to stock up only on dry goods and canned foods. But should a spiral toward apocalypse of any kind begin in the near future (or on Saturday), it is always a good idea to be prepared. In a pinch, 50 lbs of brown rice just might do the trick, so you may as well load up while you can!

Meanwhile, since it is Celiac Disease Awareness Month, here are three resources with useful, educational information on the issue:

The Celiac Disease Foundation

Basic Dietary Guidelines from the Mayo Clinic

And, the most inspiring gluten-free blog/recipe resource I've yet found.

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