What a crazy world it is right now! I'm officially on Day 27 of quarantine... I'm actually counting from the day after our last day of school. I've been out a couple of times for essential errands, but I've mostly been in my house or walking outside. What day of quarantine is it for you?… Continue reading Celiac Disease and Quarantine
A major question that often arises after receiving a celiac disease diagnosis is: am I able to eat out? The short answer is yes, but it involves being confident in knowing what you can eat and what questions to ask. The safest way to eat out is to find a dedicated gluten free facility. Simple,… Continue reading Celiac Disease and Eating Out
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease in which your body can't digest gluten. Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley, and rye. However, once diagnosed with celiac disease, you may also discover that there are other foods you're sensitive or intolerant to, such as dairy. Once your small intestine has time… Continue reading Celiac Disease and Food Sensitivities
My three main side effects when I get "glutened" are fatigue, bloating, and a change in mood. First, with fatigue, I struggle with simple, everyday tasks. Sometimes just taking a shower wears me out. Especially when I need to wash my hair or shave. I'll also get really tired going up and down the stairs.… Continue reading Fatigue and Bloating and Mood, Oh My!
"Do you know what it's like to be alone?Truly alone?You think you're alone, but then the honeymoon ends...Anxiety comes knocking at your door...He's an welcome guest who won't take no for an answer, but barges into your solitude...Your palms sweat. Your pulse quickens. The tension thickens...You can't breathe...You will Anxiety to stop, to leave, but… Continue reading Celiac Disease and Anxiety
An autoimmune disease is a disease in which the body's immune system attacks healthy cells. There have been more than 80 autoimmune diseases that have been identified. Common types of autoimmune disease include: type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Celiac disease is often mistaken as a gluten allergy, but it's actually an… Continue reading The ABCs of Autoimmune Disease
Once you've been diagnosed as a celiac, it's common to discover that you may also be deficient in some of the following: calcium, fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin B12, vitamin D, or zinc. This is caused by the inability of your damaged small intestine to properly absorb the nutrients that your body needs.… Continue reading Vitamins Are a Girl’s (and Boy’s) Best Friend
As a celiac, it's important to become comfortable reading food labels, in order to determine whether or not a food is gluten free and safe to eat. The first thing to know is that the Food Allergen Labeling Consumer Protection Act requires that foods are labeled to identify the eight major food allergens: milk, eggs,… Continue reading Only the Finest Ingredients
One of the biggest worries as a celiac is when it comes to the cross-contact of our food...a.k.a., gluten crumbs hijacking our safe, gluten free meal. Let me just put it out there that as a celiac, gluten crumbs are the enemy. I have become a master of maintaining my composure on the outside while… Continue reading The Dreaded Gluten Crumbs
The diagnosis has been confirmed...you have celiac disease. The moment after this life-changing news can be incredibly daunting. I know my diagnosis was hard for my parents, as I was only three years old. I was fortunate in the fact that I would grow up not knowing what I was missing with regular food, while… Continue reading I’ve Been Diagnosed…Now What?