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#875948 Celiac Equals A Lonely Life

Posted by on 21 June 2013 - 10:22 PM

Hi Bee, I just wanted to say that I know how you feel, we've all been there. This is a great forum. I have been depressed about having celiac too. When I go somewhere I often bring my own food. I do think it makes people feel weird, but I would rather risk offending someone than chance getting sick by eating their food. 

I also still go to dinner with friends and if I know in advance I won't be able to eat anything at the restaurant we're going to, I eat before I go, and I just order a drink. It's awkward but I explain to people that I'm very sensitive to even a breadcrumb and I PRETEND that I don't mind just ordering a drink and eating beforehand, so that puts them more at ease.

Yes, inside I'm pissed off that I have to haul my own stupid food with me everywhere or eat BEFORE going to dinner, but that's just the way it is and I'm trying to be more accepting of it. :/

My only other advice to you is ... listen to IrishHeart's advice. She's awesome. 

And there are a lot of other great people on this forum who have helped me too. 

Hang in there. 

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#707035 I Hate This!

Posted by on 08 June 2011 - 09:58 PM

Went to the beach for the weekend with my mom and sister who tried to be accommodating and agreed to go to a couple places with me that had vegan, gluten-free food but we ended up at a seafood restaurant at one point, where I could not eat ONE thing on the menu. I had water. And because I was so careful all weekend, I didn't get sick, right? Wrong. I still got sick.

I lost a lot of my hearing in my 20s and am finally used to the fact that I can't go to the movies (unless there are subtitles) and now I apparently can't go out to eat either. Dinner and a movie? Not gonna happen.

It's only been a couple months since I was diagnosed, and I know I need to just hang in there. But seriously, for how long? How many months will it take before I feel better?

I never felt deprived on my vegan diet (which I've been doing for 10+ years) but without gluten, I am feeling very limited. Maybe it's because veganism was my choice, and celiac isn't.

I thought one bright spot would be that I'd lose weight (I need to lose about 15 pounds). But no -- I'm actually GAINING weight. I'm now eating more junk food than I used to, I guess to make up for all the other stuff I can't have: "Well at least I can have potato chips!" And I never used to buy potato chips!

I feel like a jerk for feeling sorry for myself. It's "just" celiac, not cancer or something equally terrible. But I can't help feeling like, "Why me?"
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#694118 Vegan And Gluten Free Recipes

Posted by on 22 April 2011 - 08:40 AM

This Earth Day I wanted to post some websites on vegan and gluten free living and recipes.





Happy Earth Day

Thank you, I'm gluten free and vegan too. Happy Earth Day! ;)
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#685496 What Does Everyone Eat For Breakfast?

Posted by on 21 March 2011 - 02:32 PM

Protein is supposed to curb hunger/make you feel full. When I was trying to lose weight, I made sure to eat some protein with every meal so that I wouldn't have the munchies all day, and it seems to work.

I found a few vegan, gluten-free protein powders too that I am going to try when I cut gluten. I put protein powder, rice milk, bananas and frozen berries in a smoothie. I also put in soy yogurt or coconut yogurt because I'm vegan, but if you eat dairy, you could just use regular yogurt. Or you could do peanut butter smoothies if you're allowed to eat peanuts. That's extra protein.

Can you eat potatoes? Fried potatoes (hash browns, cottage fries, whatever) are filling. And yummy! ;)
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#685372 I Feel Like People Are Irritated With Me...

Posted by on 21 March 2011 - 08:32 AM

I have not cut out gluten yet (waiting for endo) but I can relate because I've been a vegan for years. This is what I've learned:

1. Some people just don't get it. They eat whatever they want and they don't understand allergies/sensitivities/ethical choices. They're not being mean on purpose; they're just uneducated about your issue.

2. Some people are just a-holes. You can always count on the existence of a few insensitive people who will challenge you or mock you or otherwise be just plain rude.

The fact is, it is YOUR life and if people don't get it, or they choose to be rude, you should stand up for yourself. I never wanted to offend anyone so I just took people's interrogations and abuse and I was oversensitive to people who just wanted to know more about it (my vegan diet). I had anxiety before every event in which food would be involved. Eventually it occurred to me that I was confident in my choice to be vegan, so I needed to start acting like it!

I thought the gluten thing would be easier for people to understand -- it's a health issue! -- but, like you, I am discovering the same kind of attitudes. And that is just from telling people about it. I haven't even started the diet yet!

I know it's hard but hang in there, and try not to take it personally. Have an explanation ready and don't let people push you around. :)
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