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Attitude Counts

Your approach, attitude and degree of personal commitment to lifelong dietary restrictions is so important. You can make protecting your intestinal health a positive and creative experience rather than getting mired in regret or resentment over having to sacrifice certain foods. I have always viewed my diet as the glass more than half full and made every effort to maximize the appeal of permitted food. think my diet is fun and am not ashamed to say so! The most difficult part of following a regime for celiac has
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not been about the food, but about having to answer questions and give explanations to the curious and let's face it, food is usually a chosen topic of conversation. People also try and anticipate what you do eat and start making so many well meaning suggestions. When you figure it happens at least once a day and I've been at this for 3,000, well it's exhausting. My best defense is pointing out that my physical age is probably twenty years less than my chronological age. When I bring one of my homemade concoctions to a family gathering, I often anticipate rejection, but it always turns out that the gluten food I bring becomes a favorite with the "civilians"" and I have to scramble to ensure there is is a portion for me.

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Jodi

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22 Dec 2007 3:04:06 PM PDT
Your story is amazing! I am so happy to see that other people are out there turning it into not such a bad thing, I know I hate explaining it to people, and I am not much of a chef, but I am learning some of the things that I can have, and getting books and more information on it, and cookbooks so i too can have cakes and cookies, and fried chicken... I just want to thank you for giving me hope!

Jodi Mills

 
colette

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25 Dec 2007 2:04:37 PM PDT
I am sooo glad to find that what I am experiencing is not an isolated thing. I too have a lot of pain when I eat potatoes, rice, corn... things that 'gluten free' guides say i should have no problem with. Due to this though, I am afraid to eat the carbs these guides say I am allowed to eat without problems. I have just found the website, this has helped me a lot to realize the seriousness of celiac disease, as the doctors I have had contact with so far have very limited info. I have no clue what the initial recovery period is about, and have been winging it for a year and a half, with what feels like negative results, as I have had no guidance. Thanks to finding the website just this week I have had a pain free week for the first time in a very long time.




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