For a lot of people gluten-free living is a choice. If you read celebrity magazines and health & fitness magazines, many people are opting to eat gluten-free as a “healthier alternative”. To what? “Gluten-Filled Living”?
Not my family though. My grandmother was the first person to get diagnosed with Celiac Disease. This was years ago – when Celiac Disease was a new diagnosis and grocery stores didn’t offer a variety gluten-free options like they do today. This was a new thing. And it freaked us out. Big time. Especially when she told us that Celiac Disease can be inherited (oh, the great gene pool in our family!). So my Mother, my sisters and I all went in for bloodwork.
My mom came back positive. Tara, the middle child in our family came back super positive. (Which helped explain her years of hives everytime she ate something). My youngest sister came back negative. And I came back borderline. Borderline – what is that?! So I chose to forego the crazy expensive genetic test and keep on living my “gluten-filled” lifestyle.
Then college caught up with me. And after I graduated, I was sick. A lot. I had chronic headaches and I was getting sick when I ate. ALL THE TIME. So I gave it some thought and I decided to give gluten-free living a try. My whole family ate gluten-free already so I knew the ins and outs of it. I thought it wouldn’t be that much of an adjustment for me.
Oh, but it was. You see, I live in the South. Mississippi to be exact. We might as well change our state slogan to “The home of fried foods”. Eating out at lunch became a challenge. I also travel for work. All over the country. All year round. But I felt SO MUCH BETTER when I started eating gluten-free!!! I wasn’t sick all the time! In fact, I felt like a new person! So I stuck with it. And I learned to adapt to my new lifestyle. I got used to ordering at restaurants and cooking simple, gluten-free meals at home.
The craziest thing of all? My fiance (who is now my wonderful husband), got diagnosed with a gluten-intolerance two weeks before our wedding. So now we have TWO gluten-free people living in our house! He’s still getting used to his new lifestyle, but he has me and my whole family to help him through it.
His diagnosis is what inspired me to start this blog. So many people get diagnosed with a gluten-allergy or intolerance or Celiac Disease everyday. If they can find one easy recipe or one tip about a new restaurant that they can eat at, then this blog served its purpose!