Hi, I have recently been diagnosed with Celiac disease at age 50 and I have to say I am really struggling with this. I know things could be so much worse and in the sheme of things I have been very lucky as there was a few tense days when my doctor and I believed something much more sinister was going on. My problem is everything I enjoy eating is now a forbidden food. I am well aware there are great gluten free options now but I just do not have the time,energy or desire at this point to even try. Is this normal?
I run a very busy business with crazy hours and lunch has always been something I grab when i can. I cannot find a single "grab it on the run" option that I actually want to eat! I have never liked salads and would like it even less with no dressing. I usually make quick easy meals at night and now I have to think about every single ingredient and usually end up just making the same sort of meal for my family that I usually would make and not eating myself. I really resent this diagnosis and am so angry that I have lived 50 years without knowing and the effects it has had on me like low iron, fatigue, stomach problems and intolerance to certain foods yet no one ever thought to test why.
I know I will cheat. I already have. It was picked up when my doctor ordered a whole heap of tests to find out why I have lost 10kg in the last few months and why I have totally lost my appetite. We thought it could be because i have done so much travelling and maybe picked up a bug. After blood was detected in my bowel and my liver function was all over the place I had a gastroscopy/colonoscopy where celiac was suspected and backed up with a blood test. I also found out I have three bolders in my bile duct and need surgery. I am tired, irritable and resentful of the changes I have to make and grieving all the food I love and the ease of getting food. I want to know if this is normal and how long does it take to adjust and accept; Thanks