Thursday, May 9, 2013

Celiac Awareness Month

The month of May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Our older daughter, Melissa, was diagnosed with Celiac Disease
a little over 2 years ago. 
I have suffered from many of the same symptoms for years.
She insisted I request my doctor test me for Celiac. 
Apparently the lab work was negative.  I continued to eat
as always, and continued to have problems. 
*Consider this my coming out confession*
I went "Gluten-Free" on February 15th. 
Oh my goodness!  What a difference in the way I feel!
I have more energy, sleep better, no sinus headaches,
no acid reflux, and the list of health improvements goes on.  
I have experienced 3 slip-ups. 
The first time, I ate wheat by choice. (stubbornness)
The next time, I was misinformed at a restaurant. 
The third time was at a catered meal, and I was hungry. (poor excuse)
The results: severe, severe sinus headaches.
I made it all the way through Paris, Greece and Italy without eating
their fabulous breads and any gluten.
I can remain Gluten-Free for my good health, but
it has severely cramped my Afternoon Tea Habit (addiction).
I have, however, found enough gluten-free foods to make myself
and Melissa and nice Afternoon Tea. 
I can do this.  I can remain off gluten.  I can....
Please don't tempt me with delicious warm scones.


Teresa said...

Oh, LInda! No scones? Spoke by a courageous and woman that knows what feeling good feels like! My hat off to you! Honestly, we should all go gluten free and it is probably not good that we do tolerate it. I for one would be very interested in what you are doing with your new eating lifestyle. Praise God there is no gluten in tea!!!!

La Tea Dah said...

Yes you can do this! Congratulations for a job well done! The health benefits outweigh the tasty treats --- usually. :D

Did you see my recent gluten-free tea tray? It was at our cabin, so it was a bit "rustic" but yummy to. You can have the best of both worlds. Have fun on the journey!

Gracious Hospitality

Marilyn said...

Good for you! My daughter thought for a long time that she was celiac and was diligent about the diet. However, she ended up having MS instead. The diet is very similar, so it actually helped her. My last Easter tea was gluten free and many other things free. I ended up with a very good chocolate mousse and olive oil cake, both met all the dietary requirements of my guests and were good too. Gradually I am learning alternative ideas. I bought delicious scones at a gluten free/vegan bakery nearby.

Lavender Cottage said...

I've read about the health benefits of going gluten free from other bloggers. But to give up scones :-(
Perhaps our digest systems were not meant to eat many of the things we do, I wonder about meat.
Good luck with your new lifestyle.

Joy said...

Glad you have found that going gluten free helps you feel better! I bet you'll find recipes for gluten free scones before long.

Stockpiling Mom said...

Congrats to you Mom - so glad we can live Gluten Free together - this recipe was developed for you!

Steph said...

I'm proud of you! And you will find a world of delicious gluten -free foods, I am certain!

Angela McRae said...

There are so very many gluten-free books/websites not to mention products around these days, I can't help thinking you will find some great substitutes very soon. A friend just posted the best looking gluten-free chocolate chip cookies on FB this morning. Glad you are feeling so much better -- that's priceless, as the credit card commercial says!


Design by Custom Blog Designs/FreeStyleMama Creations