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Just The Beginning

Posted by shimallalex, 13 August 2013 · 331 views

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Hi, my name is Alex and I'm a college freshman. At only 18, I’ve been gluten-free for ten years (pretty much my entire life).

My mom, my two siblings, and I were diagnosed when I was only eight years old. I’ve had the experience of being ill every night and not knowing the cause. Of spending the majority of my childhood indoors because I was too tired to play outside. Of struggling to pay attention in class because it was too hard to focus.

Starting out was a challenge. When we began, there were no options for being gluten-free and the food was definitely not as appetizing. Our whole world was turned on its head. Today, there are so many grocery stores filled with food, restaurants that cater to gluten-free needs, and the online options are endless.

I created healthyfoodhealthyyou.weebly.com in an effort to help people making the transition to a gluten-free lifestyle. Celiac disease is not a diet or fad for so many people. It’s scary and daunting, and the reality of their lives from now on. However, you will survive, just like so many others.

In addition to being gluten-free, my family maintains a very healthy lifestyle. I have recently adopted a vegetarian outlook (for health reasons). Through my website, I offer gluten-free and vegetarian recipes, but also advice.

Your world will be forever changed when you are diagnosed, whether medically or self-diagnosis. Either way, remember that this is a change for the better.

Just because it’s called Celiac disease doesn’t mean it’s a curse.

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