Anyone who has suffered for years with their gut will know what it’s like. The familiar “pregnant” belly. The stomach churning. Feeling sick. Aches and pains. Being a less than fragrant bed companion and blaming it on the cat. “Friends” who just don’t understand. And sometimes simply not knowing what food will set you off.
Just remember we are the lucky ones. Being diagnosed with Coeliac Disease means that we can stop endlessly parading from GP to dietician to nutritionist to self-help to sheer desperation and willingness to try anything. The puzzle has been solved. Now it’s time for a new beginning.
I was diagnosed nearly two months ago, and as I walked home from the Doctor’s surgery, trying to hold back tears, I thought to myself, “My life is over”. Say buhbye to eating out, takeaway pizza, cakes, pastries, bread… everything that is good and comforting and tasty. The very next day I moved into a new home with my lovely boyfriend – located approximately 30 seconds away from a large drive-through Krispy Kreme (for my American friends Krispy Kreme shops are relatively uncommon over here, and drive-through Krispy Kremes are almost unheard of!). I had a very miserable few weeks.
As the only treatment currently available for Coeliac disease is a strict gluten-free diet FOR LIFE, my supermarket and food shopping experiences became more and more gloomy.
*Driving past Domino’s pizza* Oh god I can never have Domino’s again!
*Talking to my boyfriend about the best way to eat a Twix* (Obviously, eat the biscuit off first and then eat the caramel) But I can’t EAT Twix anymore 🙁
*Looking at holidays abroad* What if I can’t eat anything there – how will I explain what I can’t have?
Yeah, I admit, there was more than a little self-pity. But I think there comes a point when you just have to “man up” and get on with it. Yes, I will have to explain what I can’t eat over and over again. Yes, I will have to learn a few words and phrases to help me when I travel (they don’t teach “is this suitable for coeliacs?” in language classes in school!). Yes, I will encounter morons who think I have an eating disorder, or who think I’m following the latest fad diet.
But it’s worth it for my long-term health. My digestive system suddenly works again. The fatigue is lifting. And at least I am in a position where I have the knowledge and ability to cook fresh meals from scratch.
This blog is aimed at everyone. It’s a way for me to document my failures and successes at gluten-free cooking and eating out. It’s a way to connect with other Coeliacs, and for them to connect with me. It will hopefully act as a resource for those who know someone having to go gluten-free and have no idea what to cook for them.
I hope you enjoy x