Howdy! My name is Jennifer and I started this blog a few months ago but haven't posted yet!!! How shameful!!! Actually, shortly after I purchased this site, I lost my job and have been a little pre-occupied getting my life together. Things are crazy!!!! I still am seeking a new job and hope to have one in the next month or so.
The purpose of this blog is to discuss gluten free living and how to live more healthily. I want to know exactly what you have experienced: when were you diagnosed? How long did it take to be diagnosed? What were your symptoms? How do you live gluten free? What products do you prefer? And, so on, and so forth.
I was diagnosed with Celiac disease almost 2 years ago and have been devoted to being gluten free ever since. There have been some bad days---cross contamination, accidental gluten ingestion, and just lack of knowledge about what had gluten in it! The truth is, gluten can be found EVERYwhere and in virtually any food product on the shelf and in many items served in a restaurant!
At first, and for the first 1.5 year, I was very, very scared of eating out. I still fret, but have to do some research before going out to certain restaurants. I'll write more about places to hit up and places to skip when dining gluten free. I think my favorite way of eating is making my own food at home. Unfortunately, I enjoy various cuisines and loved eating out. I miss that greatly!!! The spontaneity and ability to eat anything available at a restaurant is a once under appreciated luxury. I think the healthiest way to approach this psychologically is to reflect upon the misery experienced by the pain of inflammation when I happen to ingest some gluten. The recollection of that suffering reminds me why choosing and committing to living gluten free is the best solution, an absolute necessity, a way of loving my health, respecting my body, and the least I can do to heal from all the years of inflammatory damage. A gluten-filled treat may be tasty short term, but it can send your body into an inflamed state for WEEKS!!! How is gluten appealing at all????
So, stay tuned and keep me posted on your adventure in Gluten Free-dom!