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!
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.
Weeks ago, my boyfriend and I celebrated our three year anniversary. We were looking for something special to do to celebrate the day, and we also wanted to make sure it was something that we do not normally do together. My boyfriend’s sister told me that a local natural foods store, Mama Jeans Market, was hosting a gluten-free chocolate cake cooking class on our anniversary. I was so pumped! Its like it was meant to be.
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!
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.
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!