I am not a fussy eater
It is not an allergic reaction
No, it isn’t contagious
Yes, I can eat potatoes
No, I can’t “just try a little bit”
These endless questions and assumptions made about coeliac disease can be tiring, monotonous and irritating. But if the world was educated about this worldwide disease, if people could understand more about what goes into their food and how it affects those suffering from gluten intolerance, the daily routine of explaining your dietary requirements could be so much less painful.
I don’t have all the answers. I can’t answer the question “why me?” But I can provide explanations to a lot of the problems that gluten-free living presents. For those who have coeliac disease, a gluten-free diet will have amazingly positive effects on your life, and this blog will hopefully help you see these.
Checking food labels will become a habit and you’ll establish a well-worn speech every time someone asks “what’s a coeliac?”, but hopefully you’ll embrace this new lifestyle as a positive change in your diet, your health and your life.
I was diagnosed with coeliac disease in 2001. At first my Mum thought the constant stomach aches I complained of were real, but after being constantly told by the doctor I was fine, she considered, as reasonable parent would, my dislike for school and became sceptical.
It wasn’t until my normal GP was off ill that the doctor we saw suggested that I might be suffering from coeliac disease. I had numerous blood tests, an endoscopy and voila, I was a fully diagnosed Coeliac!
I didn’t feel any great loss towards food at first, having spent twelve years of my life not particularly enjoying bread, cakes and pasta. But as every Coeliac will know, we have highs and lows.
Sometimes I relish my diet as I listen to my friends moan about how bloated bread makes them feel and how healthy my diet is. It’s true; the lack of processed food and other such glutinous rubbish has been the most positive thing about my condition. But sometimes I would just kill to be able to pick up a Subway on the way home from a night out!
Now I am striving to educate people about coeliac disease, starting with this blog. By testing products, finding the best gluten-free eateries (mainly in the South West of England at the moment due to my penniless student cirucmstances!) conjuring up recipes, sharing the latest gluten-free news and investigating the issues coeliac disease sufferers face, I hope to provide a haven for people seeking information on a gluten-free lifestyle, with some amusement thrown in for good measure.
And for those who are interested, I’m also a freelance journalist, and you can see a portfolio of my published and unpublished journalistic work here!