Today, let’s all welcome Esther Trevino to the world of King Gluten Free as she tells us all what it’s like to be her, to be gluten-free and to have Celiac Disease. Esther is the blogger in charge of THE GLUTEN CONUNDRUM and you need to go check out her site.
Honestly, until I had been diagnosed with celiac disease I had never heard of the word ‘gluten’. I grew up eating bagels for breakfast, challah bread weekly, and I absolutely love pizza. When I was diagnosed with celiac disease almost five years ago I was confused and relieved at the same time. I’ve spent the majority of my life in and out of hospitals constantly being misdiagnosed. After finding out I had celiac disease I was happy to finally know what was making me sick all these years, but I didn’t understand why it took so long to get properly diagnosed. And as a result of finding out I have an autoimmune disease, I went from looking like the walking dead to understanding how to live a healthy gluten-free lifestyle.
The transition of removing gluten from your diet after being diagnosed with celiac disease is interesting. Making my home celiac safe, to not worry about any cross contamination issues was the easy part. Learning what questions to ask when you’re out at restaurants with friends and family to avoid getting glutened was something I struggled a lot with in the beginning. Thankfully, now more and more restaurants are making an effort to accommodate for people with food intolerances and allergies, but it’s still a struggle to feel normal sometimes.
I greatly appreciate companies like Find Me Gluten Free, because having a phone app thats a gluten-free dining resource with honest reviews is priceless.
After my first year of being on a gluten free diet I was starting to look healthier, but the deficiencies in my blood work were still not where my hematologist recommended they should be for me. This was when I started to read and learn more about living a gluten-free lifestyle, and not just eating a gluten-free diet. Ever since then everything I use is gluten-free. From my toothpaste and deodorant, to my makeup and nail polish. Nothing that touches my body contains gluten. Food is my medicine in terms of what keeps me healthy, but my lifestyle is also important because it affects my daily routine. Some may say that living a complete gluten free lifestyle is extreme, but the results I have seen in my health make it worth it everyday.
I’m more than just a gluten-free girl. Over the years I have learned that celiac disease is part of who I am, but it doesn’t define me. I like to think of myself as being perfectly incomplete. Everyday is different. Sometimes I have lots of energy and I feel like I can do anything. Other days I wake up feeling like I’m in slow motion. For these reasons it’s important to me to constantly read and learn more about ways to improve my health through my gluten-free lifestyle.
Social media is one of the greatest unifiers available to connect you with people living just like you do. Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook are all significant resource tools when it comes to finding gluten-free restaurants that are Celiac safe, or seeing new gluten-free products and where you can buy them. It’s been amazing to become friends with other celiac maniacs and share common grounds with living gluten-free in a world full of wheat. Our social media accounts are a small window into our lives, and I love that I can connect with more people experiencing celiac struggles and gluten intolerances.