I have a special guest here today Anna, from The Posh Body. Anna is a new blogger who emailed me awhile back about my HA diagnosis. After reading her posts, I realized we had one major thing in common. We both have high maintenance bodies. Whether it’s an injury, autoimmune disease or food allergy we’ve both been fighting for our health. Dealing with frequent health challenges can be emotionally consuming and lonely. Years ago, Anna was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and is here to share with you her tips for eating a gluten free diet. For those of you who may be eating gluten free as a result of Celiac Disease or a gluten sensitivity, these are good tips to help you get started. With that, I’ll turn it over to Anna!
Hi, Skinny Fitalicious Readers!
A big thank you to Megan for letting me guest post today! I’m excited to share with you what I wish I knew when I first started eating gluten-free.
After years of having a chronically upset stomach, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in high school. At the time, I didn’t know what gluten was; let alone how to avoid it. This was 2004; even celebrities ate gluten back then!
Eating gluten-free has come a long way since my diagnosis 11 years ago. Today, there is tremendous awareness about gluten in mainstream media and even entirely gluten-free restaurants.
That said, I’d never say eating gluten-free—because of Celiac or gluten intolerance—is easy. It’s stressful to feel worried about everything you eat. It’s sad never to get to eat some of your favorite foods again. It’s challenging to have an increased vulnerability toward anxiety, depression, bone density problems, and disordered eating. Finally, it’s discouraging and painful when you accidentally eat gluten.
Here’s what I wish someone had told me when I first went gluten-free (GF)
Find a doctor who believes in you.
I suffered for years before being diagnosed with Celiac. A big part of the problem was that my doctor downplayed my symptoms and attributed them to my “sensitive stomach.”
It was only when I found a new doctor– who listened and took my concerns seriously–that I was correctly diagnosed.
Be assertive when eating at restaurants: There is no shame in defending your right to eat the food that is right for you.
When you sit down, alert your waiter and let him or her know that eating GF isn’t just a preference. Go over the menu together and pick something that is naturally GF or can be easily modified.
Finally, if something isn’t right, send it back immediately. Just remember to be nice. Your attitude might be the difference between your waiter just taking the bread off your plate, and an entirely new dish.
Accidents will happen: Don’t worry, you’ll feel better in a couple of days.
Whether the chef messed up your order or you ate a piece of pizza when you were drunk (I’m not here to judge!), tomorrow is a new day.
Figure out what you can do to prevent the same mistake from happening again.
Be mindful with food & stay away from processed junk.
When I first went GF, I ate every meal as though it was my last because I was petrified of being stuck somewhere, hungry, without safe food.
I also loaded up on processed, high sugar, low fiber substitutes and was surprised when I didn’t feel better.
Today I feel best when I eat naturally GF foods and save processed treats for special occasions. I eat when I’m hungry and don’t worry about my next meal.
Address the emotional side of drastically changing your diet.
When I was first diagnosed with Celiac, I felt betrayed by my body. I had a serious case of the “why me’s.”
Food is emotionally loaded for a lot of us; this is normal. Your attitude–for better or worse– is often the only thing you can control.
Most importantly, never doubt your intuition.
Inevitably with non-Celiac gluten intolerance, you’ll run into a non-believer that questions what you’re doing. Don’t give this friend/waiter/doctor/family member/coworker a second thought.
No one knows your body better than you do.
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Are you eating gluten-free? What are your tips?
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