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Just think positively and hang in there. I was diagnosed with Celiac disease over three years ago and just started following a gluten-free diet only two months ago. I didn't want to make the changes necessary when I first learned that I had the disease. I've finally come to realize that it is very important to follow the diet, as numerous medical problems can arise if not. It's still tough some days for me, but it honestly does get easier (picking foods, finding restaurants to eat at, etc.) with time. It really is a lifestyle change...but a great change. You'll feel great after a couple of months, and it's so healthy for your body. Avoiding gluten narrows your options so greatly that you can't do anything but eat healthy all the time. Hang in there!
So, as dinner time approached this evening I was stuck for an idea of what to cook. I had a steak at lunch yesterday, so beef was out of the question. Chicken sounded like a good idea, so I thumbed through a couple of my newly purchased gluten-free cookbooks, but was turned off by the amount of ingredients required or prep-time involved for the chicken dishes.
I searched Food Network's website for a recipe that I could modify (if necessary), and came across a recipe for a grilled chicken dish. Mmmmm, I thought. Grilling is quite simple, and the clean-up is usually quick since you don't have to use a lot of pots/pans/dishes.
So, I ran down to the store and picked up two boneless, skinless chicken breasts, a large red bell pepper, a green bell pepper, some fresh white mushrooms, and a yellow squash.
I just finished eating and it was pretty tasty for something so simple. Preparation was quick and easy.
Chop (or slice) up the bell peppers and squash, and slice the mushrooms. Throw them all into a pan with a couple of tbsp's of olive oil, add a little salt and pepper and cook until everything softens up a bit, but the peppers still have a slight crunch to them. Vegetables [i]al dente[/i]!
While the veggies are cooking, throw some salt and pepper on the chicken breast, then throw it on the grill for about 10 to 15 minutes.
When the chicken breast is done grilling, plate it and pour a few tablespoons of Seeds of Change Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette (it's really meant to be used as a salad dressing, but it works wonderfully as a light sauce for grilled chicken, apparently!) on top. Plate a few serving spoons of the veggies as well and, voila! A tasty dinner that doesn't require many ingredients, is a snap to cook and healthy (and gluten-free, of course!).
So, it's official...I now have a blog. I've played around with these things before, but just never really got into them. I suppose that is because I never really had anything to write about.
I was diagnosed with Celiac disease roughly four years ago, but just started a gluten-free lifestyle about one month ago. I was tired of feeling terrible all the time, and I also considered the long term complications and problems that may hinder my health as a result of continuing to eat foods containing gluten.
Making the switch to a gluten-free lifestyle has been huge, and has impacted nearly every aspect of my life. It's amazing how just one change can have significant residual effects and impact on everything else.
Returning to the idea that I posed at the beginning of this post, I believe that I actually have something to write about now. I have my experiences to recount and share with others, advice to offer to others suffering from gluten sensitivity, a forum where I can ask questions and hopefully receive advice, and an environment in which I can feel comfortable talking about life as a Celiac.
Hopefully we can all create a lively community where we can share our stories and experiences, in addition to learning more about Celiac disease and how to live with it.
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I was diagnosed with Celiac disease roughly four years ago and just went gluten-free about a month ago. It's been tough making the adjustment, and I don't know anybody else suffering from Celiac, so it's often hard to talk about the disease, how it is affecting me, etc.
If you would like to chat, shoot me a message or reply to this topic.
I know how you feel when explaining to others why you are eating "differently." I've got a generic response too, I say that "I'm on a special diet." Considering that I'm a lanky lad, they look at me like I'm crazy, then ask, "What? Why are you trying to lose weight?!" Sidenote: It's funny how, generally, when you tell somebody you're on a diet in our society they automatically assume that you are on a diet to lose weight. I guess we really are that vain...or ignorant. Anyway, similar to you, I then end up giving a five minute explanation of Celiac disease and why I have to be very careful in choosing what foods to eat. It'd be nice if there were more awareness of Celiac disease in our society, for two obvious reasons that I can think of off hand: 1) We wouldn't have to deal with this lengthy explanations to curious strangers 2) Mainstream restaurants and food manufacturers would realize that there is a huge untapped market of gluten-sensitive consumers who are itching for more variety and ease of access to foods so that we can have some more convenience.
I know how you feel ACK514. I'm in college too. I was diagnosed with Celiac disease about four years ago, but never adopted a gluten-free diet until just over a month ago. I'm feeling much better now.
The challenges are great. It's nearly impossible to eat meals on the go from fast food restaurants or any other dining establishment on campus. Everyday I have to plan out what I am going to eat and at what time, so I can make sure that I don't get hungry and maintain decent nutrition. It's only been a month and there are already days where I feel overwhelmed, like you. I can't just "grab" a burger anymore. It's definitely made things more difficult. However, I do eat much healthier now, so that is a plus. All the dietary restrictions force you to eat good, nutritious foods that are wonderful for the body. I've lost 15lbs in just this one month on the diet (because of cutting out beer drinking, fast food, etc.)
Anyway, just wanted to share with you a little piece of my story, so that you know you're not alone in this challenge. It can be frustrating, but stay strong and keep a positive attitude!
I have Celiac disease, and for me, I've found it very frustrating to go shopping and not be sure whether or not some of the processed foods I am buying are really gluten-free or not. I often buy a brand of frozen meals called Amy's (many of you may know/use this brand), and I just noticed the other day that the Rice Macaroni & Cheese meal that they make is processed in a plant that also processes wheat. The label on the front states "No Gluten Ingredients", which is technically correct, but to me it is misleading. It seems as if manufacturers are to use the words "no" and "gluten" in conjunction, then it should mean that there is absolutely, positively no gluten in the product at all, whether it be from direct ingredients or possible contamination. "No Gluten Ingredients" is fine and dandy for someone who is trying to avoid gluten as much as possible, but for an individual with Celiac disease, even a tiny amount of gluten will lead to further damage of the small intestine (and as those who know about Celiac disease know) and can lead to other serious health problems.
In summary, I think this is a very complex issue. It will remain a challenge for me to shop for a few years to come, but I think that after I get accustomed to buying certain ingredients and after developing esoteric knowledge about what is actually totally gluten free and what is not, everything should be fine. I'm glad to see that the FDA is making headway though...we are all entitled to know what is in the products we are buying when they could potentially harm our health.