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I'm new to the boards, so just real quick: self-diagnosed with Celiac Disease in July 2010, officially diagnosed January 2011 when I returned from Iceland.

Since then life has been good, I've felt like a new person and have enjoyed every minute of it.

However, recently I have been experiencing what I can only describe as "food depressions." I get my heart set on eating something specific, and then because of a mishap at a restaurant or the presence of gluten I am denied it, and proceed to go into a depression where I won't feel like eating anything else that day.

I've found this has only happened since I married my husband, who is mostly gluten free on my behalf but still enjoys delivery pizza. I think I get jealous or upset when I know he is able to eat things I can't. It's made worse when he tells me I can't have something because it will make me sick. I've been hospitalized for "gluten-related complications" before, so I can understand his concern but... damn, I want sweet and sour pork. The real stuff!

Does this happen to anyone else?

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Yes, definitely. I've been gluten free since right before Halloween, so not a ton of time. My husband is a pizza junky and we used to have pizza a couple of times a month. It's not just pizza, it's baklava and cookies and a thousand little things. It's getting a little bit better for me, but I still sometimes get jealous of people who can eat whatever they want.

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I'm new to the boards, so just real quick: self-diagnosed with Celiac Disease in July 2010, officially diagnosed January 2011 when I returned from Iceland.

Since then life has been good, I've felt like a new person and have enjoyed every minute of it.

However, recently I have been experiencing what I can only describe as "food depressions." I get my heart set on eating something specific, and then because of a mishap at a restaurant or the presence of gluten I am denied it, and proceed to go into a depression where I won't feel like eating anything else that day.

I've found this has only happened since I married my husband, who is mostly gluten free on my behalf but still enjoys delivery pizza. I think I get jealous or upset when I know he is able to eat things I can't. It's made worse when he tells me I can't have something because it will make me sick. I've been hospitalized for "gluten-related complications" before, so I can understand his concern but... damn, I want sweet and sour pork. The real stuff!

Does this happen to anyone else?

Welcome here!

This most certainly happens to me at times. I was recently in a gigantic Farmer's Market where many vendors were handing out samples. I had to say no to each and every one but my husband could pick anything he wanted. :o But my jealous feelings happen far less frequently than they used to, thankfully. It takes time! And admittedly it is easier for me because my husband does not eat gluten in our home so everything is a safe zone.

Just know that if you really want pizza you can easily make it. I like to make extra and freeze a crust for another day. Same goes with authentic sweet and sour pork. You can very simply make it - honest! I feel if there is something you feel you cannot have or something you crave you can make the vast majority of things gluten free - sweet and sour pork one of them. The only difficult things are puff pastry, philo yeast doughnuts, pastry, breads, croissants...but you can even make English muffins and bagels. I even make my own nutella, mustards, ketchups and so on. There are recipes for everything so you do not need to feel deprived. So many dishes are naturally gluten free anyway or can very easily become gluten free.

There are great food threads on this forum if you are up to a little searching. :) And if you are interested in Korean, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Cantonese, Mandarin...foods I have tons of great recipes and books.

I highly recommend "The Gluten Free Asian Kitchen" by Laura Russell. It is one of the very few books with lots of recipes that are not just about substitutions - you make the real things from scratch, including pot stickers which are EXCELLENT! :)

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