Another Gluten Free Blogger - Heidi of Adventures of A Gluten Free Mom posted this on Facebook yesterday...when you have a chance please check out this video and her blog!
I was diagnosed almost two years ago now with Celiac Disease. "Celiac disease is a digestive condition triggered by consumption of the protein gluten, which is found in bread, pasta, cookies, pizza crust and many other foods containing wheat, barley or rye. If you have celiac disease and eat foods containing gluten, an immune reaction occurs in your small intestine, causing damage to the surface of your small intestine and an inability to absorb certain nutrients." "The exact cause of celiac disease is unknown, but it's often inherited. If someone in your immediate family has it, chances are 5 to 15 percent that you may as well."
Since I was about ten years old (if not younger) I always had problems with being sick especially after eating. Around that time I was diagnosed with being lactose intolerant. For many years I went dairy free but still was getting sick...ALL THE TIME. Little did I or my doctors realize that it wasn't the dairy making me sick, it was everything I would eat with it. At fifteen years old I was diagnosed with both IBS and Fibromyalgia. The Fibromyalgia was very uncommon for someone my age at the time and still is. The IBS was no surprise because many of my family member either have that or Crohn's Disease.
After twenty six years of eating pretty much anything I wanted: Pasta, Breads, Pizza, Chinese Food, Soy Sauce etc it was a hard change for me to switch my lifestyle to be completely gluten free. I'm not going to lie its a challenge, but honestly having a good attitude about it, a great support system of friends (none of which are gluten free but made every effort to cook/bake gluten free so I can enjoy it also) and being forced to be creative with my cooking (hence my blog name) it hasn't been that bad. There are a few days where I miss the texture of real Italian/French bread but besides that, the joy and feeling of not being sick all the time is truly amazing. I can enjoy almost all the food I truly love with out fear of getting sick. I cook at home most of the time and have learned to recreate my favorite gluten filled meals to be gluten free with all the taste that one could hope for. These past two years have been a journey for sure and I'm sure all the years to come will be even better. I have an amazing boyfriend who is willing to eat gluten free meals (he can go out and get real food, but at home it will be all gluten free). He is extremely well at looking out for me and reading labels on products. I'm very thankful for him.
May is Celiac Awareness Month and I would strongly encourage you to get tested if you have symptoms of Celiac Disease (especially if someone in your family has Celiac!-hint hint to my family members)
Thanks Heidi for posting this.