I am not a fussy eater 

Always excited by food...

Always excited by food…

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.

I make no apologies for my absolute obsession with pizza...

I make no apologies for my absolute obsession with pizza…

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. I’ve also had my thyroid removed after years of suffering with an overactive thyroid – I’ve been documenting my journey post-op here.

16 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi nice to meet Sarah.
    My name is Sonia (Spain) and I have a granddaughter celiac seven years diagosticada with sixteen months.
    My granddaughter often travels to UK, his father is half English, half Irish :-)))
    I work for celiac disease spread.
    They must create laws for the community, in school menus without gluten, in workplaces, restaurants, hotels can take a beer …. gluten easily …..-)))))

    Any information on Spain’m aa your disposal.

    Hugs with affection “gluten free”

  2. Thanks Sarah.
    Etam working hard to spread the Celiac Disease in Spain, we Hotels, Restaurants …. all with gluten-free diet.

    Now tarbajamos in schools, all school cafeterias with “GLUTEN-FREE DIET.

    afcetuosos greetings

  3. Did you really survive on porridge when you’d maxed out your student grant? Porridge isn’t recommended for Coeliacs …. it can have the same effect as Gluten!

    What I have noticed is that when eaten it appears to be fine for a little while, but then oh the pain as it kicks in. It appears to have an accumulative affect. Something I thought I should share with you as someone who has been Coeliac for over 50 years.

    I remember the student days well enough, eating at the Halls Restaurant was very dodgey … when I asked for a gluten free dessert I got stewed apples and custard …. EVERY evening!

    Take care Sara.

  4. I was told by my dietician and GP that I could try oats as I only suffer from mild effects from my food, and some Coeliacs are OK with eating gluten. I have never seemed to suffer any affects from eating porrdige so I consider myself lucky! But thankyou for the advice, it is probably wise that I eat as little of it as possible!
    Stewed apples and custard sounds amazing! I might have to have a look at making that myself! Wow, a Coeliac for 50 years! That’s quite an achievement! I have been diagnosed for about 8/9 years now I thought that was a long time!

  5. If there are people who take many years to be diagnosed!

    It is important to implement the protocols medioc about celiac disease in all special treatments.

    There are about 80% of celiac patients are not diagnosed :::::-((((

    greetings with affection

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  7. new follower here – diagnosed finally as I went into menopause..( a few years ago) but always had some issues .

    I’m a cake baker so always trying out recipes – shall be happy to share,

  8. You tweeted me a couple of weeks back. My website is now up and running so hope you will have a look. Comments welcome and especially any advice as to how I can let people know about my gluten free cakes. Best wishes, Sally Romain

  9. Great blog. Like you my son was lucky that his usual doctor was on holidays when I took him for an appointment for yet another bout of vomiting and gastro and several days off school. This ‘new’ doctor picked up on what a specialist and 2 other doctors had missed over the last 12 years. Suddenly all his sickness and illnesses made complete sense. He is 12 months down the track now (aged 16) and feeling much better and more confident about having coeliac disease and I am starting to enjoy cooking and baking and shopping again.

  10. Great to read your blog Sarah. I’m researching blogs as I was thinking of starting one myself, mainly for restaurant reviews. As a newbie to a gluten free diet I am finding eating out a real headache mainly because some waiters/waitresses look at me as if I have two heads, and I really want to raise awareness. My sister is a diagnosed celiac, I have had symptoms similar to hers for the last few years and have been eating gluten free for roughly 12 months with my symptoms reducing significantly in this period. Your blog is a great find for a novice; thanks.

  11. great blog sarah x I recently met a friend whose gotta gluten intolerence aswell as a dairy intolerence to and its kinda strange but despite the fact he felt ” oh nooooo I’ll never eat the same again” I’m really intruiged as to how you can cook an all time favourite homemade dish but just tweak it a little differently so that it still tastes good but its gluten free :). I’m looking forward to seeing more posts from you in my wp blog feed x I don’t really blog about cooking and GF stuff myself but you’ll find some inky illustrations if it takes your fancy :) . Thanks again kate x

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