New To Celiac
Posted 19 May 2004 - 11:45 PM
Posted 20 May 2004 - 12:24 PM
Diagnosed August 2002 at age 17
Posted 21 May 2004 - 01:59 AM
- DON'T CHEAT -- As you already know, to heal your intestines you have to be 100% gluten-free. A nutritionist told me that any amount of gluten larger than your fingernail i n one day can screw up all your progress. It was difficult for me to watch others eat gluten foods that I couldn't have, but knowing how sick it would make me and how much better I felt without it made their food look less and less apetizing. It might be even harder for you than for me because you have NO symptoms. In a way, symptoms are positive cause they warn you if you eat something bad, so you know to stay away from it in the future. Plus, your desire to avoid symptoms outweighs your desire to cheat, so it helps in that respect, as well.
- WHEN IN DOUBT, DON'T -- Pretty straightforward. If you question something, don't eat it. Call the company later, but don't risk it.
- GOOD LUCK-- good luck with the endoscopy (throat thingy) and a quick healing of the intestines.
It may seem life-altering in the beginning (and it is), but it will get better over the weeks. Eventually it will seem so normal that you won't even really have to think when you reach for food to know that it's gluten-free or not. Good luck on the endoscopy.
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