It's been 8 months now. 8 months without gluten in my diet. 8 months without baguettes and "normal" pasta. 8 months without chip shop fish & chips. 8 months without takeaway pizza. 8 months without Yorkshire Puddings.
It's also been 8 months without a bloated, tender-to-the-touch tummy. 8 months of spending far less time on the toilet (sorry, too much information maybe?). 8 months of making sensible food choices. 8 months of learning all of the hidden sources of gluten.8 months of experimenting with gluten-free food.
Maybe living gluten-free is not such a bad thing after all?!
I've spent the last year or so feeling pretty rubbish. Once the wheels were in motion on the diagnosis of coeliac disease I have started to feel considerably better. A friend of mine, Wendy Powell (MuTu System Guru) suggested, back in July, that I start to eliminate wheat from my diet after 2 separate bloggers had asked when my next baby was due. I thought about it and didn't do it. I am stubborn and stupid sometimes.
Fortunately for my overall well-being, the diagnosis of Coeliac Disease is a blessing in disguise. It's forcing me to make a significant change in my diet and lifestyle which I desperately needed to do. There is no treatment or cure for coeliac disease other than NEVER eating gluten again. Not even a little bit. The first two weeks of going gluten free was almost like a detoxification for me. I truly think that I was (am?) addicted to wheat. I went through the stages of grieving for my lost comfort. I think I am actually at acceptance now. I'm no longer cross that I can't eat the same thing that everyone else can. I'm ok with it now. This is a very good thing.
There's not a great deal of support through the NHS for coeliac disease so I took the bull by the horns and did as much online research as possible. I'll recommend 3 sites/organisations to you to start:
My next step is acquiring a few gluten-free cookbooks as just replacing the traditional flour in a recipe with gluten-free flour is not always a successful modification. Little Miss and I made some scrummy, fudgy fairy cakes courtesy of She Was Not At All Domestic which were met with thumbs-up approval. We'll be doing a bit more baking today to try out some of our Juvela product recipes. My other goal is to master making my own gluten-free bread. This may prove difficult as gluten-free bread weighs approximately 800lbs! Any tips/tricks are more than welcome.
Of course, my gluten-free lifestyle change is mandatory in order for me to feel better and be healthy. I don't want to seem annoying or preachy but the gluten-free way of life is actually considerably healthier for everyone. Maybe you'll learn a thing or two as a result of my experiments and that would be a good thing!
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