Posted 07 July 2011 - 03:46 AM
When I first found out I have celiac disease four months ago, I was in shock, not expecting it, because I do not get sick from eating gluten (so sorry for those who have heard me say this about 873,025 times already).
873,028. I was counting.
I still watch the Food Network (I cannot help myself) and now see things differently. Rather than mourn what I cannot have I just get lost in the technique or whatever and see it objectively (i.e. Iron Chef).
We don't have cable or satellite, but I still like to watch Food Network and other food shows because I love to cook. But now when I watch my thought is always...how can I make that gluten-free?
Usually it works out pretty well too. Last weekend I made chicken breasts in a peach and mango sauce. *drool*
You know what? Everyone is right. It DOES get better with time. There are many proceses to go through including anger and grieving. But before you know it, this new way of eating will become a natural part of your daily life. Sure, it is still difficult at times. I won't deny that. But the acute pain fades.
Like others, I throw myself into cooking, baking, reading, gardening. Something that I am passionate about and do very well and concentrate on that. And the little things like going for a walk in the park or watching the robins pull fat worms out of the lawn after a gorgeous rain. Do not be afraid to treat yourself, either. It IS a big transition. At first I felt I was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole - now I no longer feel it is a sentence but rather a lifestyle change. It still hurts that I was forced to go on this diet because I did not get sick from gluten. Sometimes I still wonder what would happen if I had that piece of bread but I will not go there.
You are in good company on this forum. It is filled with wise, kind and compassionate people who have been precisely where you are. And we are making it!!
This is quite true. It does take time though, and there does seem to be almost a grieving process, doesn't there? I had a bigger problem emotionally when I found out I couldn't eat dairy anymore than when I had to get rid of gluten. Cheese was my comfort food.
Undiagnosed for 20 years since first symptoms.
March 2009 - Negative Blood work
April 24, 2009 - Gluten-free
April 29, 2009 - Notably positive response to gluten-free Diet.
May 2, 2009 Dairy Free
May 6, 2009, Soy Free
May 27, 2009 Enterolab Results: Positive Anti-gliadin IgA, tTG IgA, Casein, HLA DQ2.2, HLA DQ8
June 4, 2009 Refined sugar free (except Raw Honey, pure Maple syrup)
June 29, 2009, Dad diagnosed Celiac by GI specialist via blood work and dietary response.
July 2009, Dad's gene test: double DQ8! Thanks Dad - I'll try to get you something nice for Christmas!
August 8, 2009 Really Soy free this time - Thanks Blue Diamond for the soy lecithin in the almond milk!