As you may know, my wedding is quickly approaching. There are only 46 short days left until the big day! I am so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family that were willing to take on the challenge of throwing me three (yes, THREE) gluten-free showers.
I am happy to report that I have successfully made it through my first ‘holiday’ season as a diagnosed Celiac! It was not nearly as hard as I imagined it would be. But if I was going to offer tips to my fellow gluten-free folks, I would have three suggestions:
This past weekend I celebrated my first Memorial Day as a celiac. As usual, my family spent the weekend floating on the lake and barbecuing with our friends. Luckily, barbecue food can easily be made into a gluten-free meal. The only special thing that I brought for myself was a gluten free hamburger bun. I normally keep a few in the freezer and take one out the night before I plan to eat it. I did not feel deprived at all during the barbeque. I ate a burger, watermelon, chips and salad.
I apologize for the lack of blog posts recently. As my college graduation approaches, the amount of free time I have dwindles. But, I was reminded yesterday of a post that I had intended to write weeks ago, so here it is.
Happy Easter Friends!
Today was a reminder that I have not even started to think of all the things in my life that must change to remain gluten-free. A holiday like Easter definitely keeps me in check. Considering I am a kid at heart, I really wanted an Easter basket to munch on. Thankfully, my mother did not disappoint. However, she did face the challenge of finding all gluten-free candies for me. Sorry Mom!
When I was first diagnosed with Celiac Disease, I had a really hard time during the day when I wanted a snack. It was normal for me to be able to grab something from a vending machine or at a gas station if I was on-the-run. Now, my choices for snacks are limited, but I have found that there are still great options!
This past weekend, I had my first meet since my official diagnosis of Celiac Disease. Oddly enough, it was the last meet of my swimming career, since I am a senior in college and my four years of NCAA eligibility are up. I had several concerns going into the meet. What was I going to eat when the team stopped at Jimmy Johns for lunch on the drive to the meet? What was I going to eat for dinner the first night when the team had pasta catered to the hotel? What would I eat during the meet, when I got hungry and the snack tub was full of gluten-filled bars?
This weekend, my swim team had our annual pre-conference potluck and tee-shirt decorating party. Everyone brought a dish to share. After my diagnosis of Celiac, events like this have not sounded as exciting as they did in the past. All I can think about is how much of an inconvenience I am to everyone else.
Today, after over a week of struggling through my gluten-free diet without any guidance (except for the Internet), I finally got to meet with my school’s athletic nutritionist. Although the Internet taught me a lot of background information, I am happy to report that I have clarified some of the inconsistencies the Internet provided. I also got some great ideas for my everyday life!
I am officially one week into my gluten-free diet, and I have made it through with only one major temptation. I have had numerous minor temptations, but they have been easy to overcome. For example, I have three gluten-eating roommates. When I walk upstairs into the kitchen and see a bag of pretzels opened, I have moments when I forget I can no longer eat them. As soon as I start to walk over to the bag and grab a handful, I am reminded by the annoying voice in my head that those pretzels are not gluten-free. I sulk for a moment, and then move on to my trail mix or cheese sticks.