This week was my 22nd birthday, which was my first birthday since I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I was actually really excited for my birthday this year, because at this point in my gluten-free life I’ve figured out what I like to eat. It was another reminder of the major changes I’ve had to make in my life, but I am quick to remind myself that the changes are for the better.
Since my last post, there have been some major changes in my life. I am happy to announce that on the Fourth of July, I got engaged to the love of my life. It was so awesome!! I could not have planned a better engagement myself, which is really saying something because I have been imagining our engagement for over a year now!
Last month, I found out that PF Changs has a killer gluten-free menu, so I have been dying to try it ever since. I have eaten at PF Changs before, but now that I am gluten-free I am always looking for new gluten-free menus. Luckily, there is a PF Changs 3 minutes away from my new job, so I knew it would only be a matter of time before I got the chance to eat there. Recently, my family friends offered to take me out for lunch and PF Changs was the obvious choice!
I would first like to announce that today I have officially reached 2 months of being gluten-free! I’m making progress here people. I spent the last week in Florida for spring break with my mom. We spent three days in Tampa visiting my grandpa, and two days in Orlando at Disney World. My mom had done a lot of research that suggested Disney was a great place for gluten-free diners, and I was not disappointed. Every single place at Disney that we ate at had plenty of gluten-free options.
Spring break has finally arrived for us college students, and I am happy to be home for the weekend before my mom and I head for Florida on Monday. I love getting to come home for many reasons. But for one, my parents sure know how to take care of my gluten-free needs! I know that when I come home, I will not have to worry about what I am going to eat, because they have stocked up on gluten-free food.
I have spent years avoiding pizza, because it caused me upset stomach. Once I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, one of the ONLY things I was excited about was knowing that I would be able to enjoy eating pizza again, as long as it was made with gluten-free crust. I have been looking forward to eating my first pizza since my diagnosis. Recently, I have struggled to find a pizza place that serves gluten-free pizza. I have not found a single chain restaurant that offers gluten-free pizza, which is really disappointing for me. I was hoping to have the opportunity to order gluten-free pizza and get it delivered to my house. However, a friend of mine told me about a pizza place in Springfield, MO, Cravin’ Pizza, that has a gluten-free pizza option. I was thrilled! I could not wait to try it out.