Imagine not being able to eat birthday cake, pizza or macaroni and cheese. If you have celiac sprue, that's your reality. Celiac disease (severe gluten intolerance) produces symptoms ranging from mild (gas and bloating) to extreme (severe malnutrition and even death). The solution is to abstain from gluten (a protein found in wheat and most other grains), which isn't easy. Many processed foods contain gluten — bread, pasta, ice cream, salad dressing, you name it. The good news is that increased awareness has kicked the development of gluten-free options into gear. Our favorite is KC's own Olivia's Oven. Using ingredients such as tapioca, rice flour and coconut oil, Olivia's artisans churn out gluten-free cookies, breads, pizza crust, apple pie and even wedding cakes. The company's products can be found at several area locations, including Hy-Vee, Grand Street Café and Waldo Pizza. The best part? They're delicious.