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  1. I am dealing with the same thing. It's as if my family thinks it's a choice I made to get attention. When I am visiting my parents, it's hard when the only milk they have contains lactose and the only bread or cereal has gluten. I have found that Kay DH is right in saying the best family are the ones you aren't related to. Try not to let it get you down. Some people just don't understand that it is a necessary change you have made and you cannot control how they feel, or their lack of understanding. I hope everything is going well and things have gotten better. The most important thing is your health and it's great that you're sticking to it!
  2. I know how you feel about the weather! I live in New England so it changes almost hourly. Before I was diagnosed with celiacs, I was told numerous times I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Depression. I'm a pretty upbeat person so it didn't make much sense to my family. But after my diagnosis, I still find that my stomach messes up with extreme changes in weather. My doctor tells me it could be due to the added stress on my body, or the unconscious eating habits I develop while it's miserable outside. The SAD syndrome sounds about right to me. My doctor told me to stay positive even during inclement weather and be more aware of it. I think the joint pain is just something that comes with crappy weather. I've had 2 surgeries (knee and foot) and they always feel sore when it gets damp out. I usually take an NSAID and try to move on with my day. I hope you're feeling better. Try not to let it get you down!
  3. Hi everyone, Thank you all for being so supportive. After reading your responses, I've realized that one of my major issue with this disease is my embarrassment by it. I am afraid to talk about my digestive system with my distant family members (and I'm also a little shy). I am going to try the recipes and products you've all mentioned, and I'm always looking for something new to try. I just get a little bogged down when I realize I can't have my family's traditional meals I've enjoyed all my life! I almost wish I had been gluten and dairy free since birth so I wouldn't know what I'm missing. I do have a crock pot and I think I will start bringing my own foods to these dinners. Who knows, maybe I can trick my Grandmother into eating something good for her . Other than that, I have heard from several people with Celiacs that holidays get easier with time. I really hope they do. I love this forum because I don't know anyone else with any kind of digestive problems, so I've always been told it's a taboo subject. I'm just glad I'm not alone. Thank you everyone, I really appreciate it!
  4. Hi everyone, I'm fairly new here and this is my first post. I just wanted to start off by saying how supportive you all are to newcomers, and I really appreciate your hospitality. Since you've all been so open with your experiences, I want to share my thoughts on holiday meals. 'm 22 years old and I was diagnosed with Celiacs and lactose intolerance a year and a half ago, but I still find it hard to have holiday meals with my family. I'm almost 100% Italian, so all holiday meals (with the exception of Thanksgiving) include whole grain pasta, cheese, and sauce. I have a high gluten intolerance and an even higher lactose intolerance, so spending holidays with my family is really tough. I have a hard time explaining to my grandparents, and even my parents that I cannot eat their lasagna, or manicotti each holiday. (It's a HUGE insult not to eat my grandmother's lasagna). When I was first diagnosed my family was really supportive, and tried new recipes whenever I was home. Since then, the novelty of my condition has worn off and my mother has gone back to her traditional Italian meals, because no one else in the family has these problems (except distant relatives that we do not really speak to). Does anyone else find holidays awkward and rough? Everyone is always stuffed at the end of the meal, and I'm usually still snacking at the veggie platter. I'm afraid my grandparents will think I have an eating disorder if I keep avoiding the main course at holidays. I'm afraid my condition is ruining my closeness to my family, and I don't want to put anyone out by throwing traditional italian recipes out the window. Maybe when I'm older and start making my own holiday traditions, things will get easier. My boyfriend of four years is incredibly supportive and has given up gluten, which makes food shopping and cooking daily meals MUCH easier. But as a college student who depends on family dinners on the holidays, I'm not afraid to admit that getting a little discouraged. Thank you for listening, I don't mean to bum anyone out! I just get a little lonely on holidays since I have no one else in my boat.
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