Anyone Else Dealing With This While In College? in Meet Up Room Posted June 8, 2008 · Report to Admin Next fall I guess I will see how hard it will be to live Gluten-free and live on a meal plan. I have an apartment with a kitchen, but I unfortunately live with a kid who lives off bagel bites, pancakes and bread rolls, so cooking my own stuff will be a pain with him around (breadcrumbs on the counter and such) I do like hearing some of the tips people are mentioning in their posts. Tips such as talking to Dining Services at school, and bringing Gluten-free snacks with you in case its hard to find safe food, will be very useful for me. I just turned 21 and haven't started my gluten-free diet yet (even though I need to) and drinking beer at the bar this week to celebrate my birthday made me feel worse then ever. Beer has been getting to me more and more since I really got into it Freshman year of college (its Beer that really helped pinpoint the problem actually). It really has gotten to the point where I can't tolerate it at all anymore, when I used to only feel sick after too many. Bread and food haven't gotten to me much yet though, but I have severely cut down on the gluten in my diet. I think I'm starting to get more sensitive to bread and greasy foods, as I notice I have more stomach problems then ever after eating fast food. I actually have gone off eating fast food recently. I go for the biopsy of my small intestine soon, but I already know that my blood test showed I have Celiac pretty bad, even though I'm 6'6 250, so I can't claim that I'm malnourished. My dad got diagnosed in his mid 30's after losing a pile of weight all of a sudden, so I assume that helps explain why this disease feels like it developed in about 2 years for me. I will keep posting about my experiences switching to a completely gluten-free diet over the summer and how I am with keeping with that diet once Fall semester starts up again. To anyone in college with this disease, I sympathize and hope for the best. You are not alone. You can definitely manage cooking even though you live with roommates who don't eat gluten-free - I've done it for the past two years, and at one point I lived with 7 other girls! You just have to talk to them about your situation, and make them understand how serious it is, and stress that they need to clean up after themselves/put aluminum foil in the toaster/etc. You can also get your own pots and pans if that makes you feel better or if you don't trust your roommate to keep his dishes clean. I've managed fine, and I've never gotten sick, but I'm really careful even when I'm cooking in my own apartment. My roommate understands, but I've never really trusted any of my suitemates to keep things as clean as they should be. Do you have to be on a meal plan? I know that at my school if you live in an apartment style dorm you're not required to be on one, so maybe you can get off of it and just cook for yourself? It might be easier that way. And as for what you're saying about feeling sensitive to bread and all that, I've definitely noticed that my reactions get worse the longer I've been gluten-free. The more you heal, the more you notice when things go wrong. Good luck with everything!