Within a few weeks of being diagnosed I wanted to be proactive and manage my Coeliac disease as well as I possibly could. I started by cleaning out my kitchen and conducting some research.
I rearranged the kitchen draws so I would have designated Gluten Free kitchen utensils and accessories. I rearranged the pantry and fridge to make sure all Gluten Free items would have their own shelf, and be located above gluten containing items to minimise cross contamination. I created a health folder so all future health tests would be easily accessible. I attended the Gluten Free expo at the Perth Convention Centre, signed up to various support groups, my local association and organisations as information sources, and downloaded several phone applications to help me read food labels, find local Gluten Free restaurants, and try new recipes. This transition process worked for me, but each one of us Coelihackers is unique. You will need to figure out what works best for you.
I have now been Gluten Free for over a year. What a long, and sometimes stressful journey it has been! Unfortunately for me, my symptoms did not clear up within a few days, or weeks, or months. I am still dealing with many symptoms today that I had when I was diagnosed, even on a very strict diet. I know it can take up to 2 years for the body to heal, and am glad that recently, I've finally started to see some progress with my health.
I know everyone's diagnosis story, symptoms, and management of Coeliac disease is very different. For those recently diagnosed, welcome to the Coeliac community! Don't be afraid to ask for assistance when you need it. For those still struggling with your symptoms like me, remember things will improve. It may take time (a really REALLY long time), you may feel frustrated or overwhelmed, but your body is healing. For those who have dealt with Coeliac disease for a while, I would like to say THANK-YOU! Thank-you for making me feel included within this community, and for the advice and support you have given me along my journey.
I understand my Coeliac disease is a lifelong journey, which will include constant management. By checking food labels regularly to verify the ingredients lists, may contain and contain statements haven't changed. To finding Coeliac friendly Gluten Free options at restaurants, especially when traveling. Trying new foods when they become available. Being prepared when I get accidentally GLUTENED! Because no matter how hard I try, it will happen on occasion.
I look forward to sharing my journey with you, fellow Coelihackers. The posts on this website will focus on situations that I have faced since going Gluten Free, in the hope that by discussing these topics, may we all be better prepared for our unique Gluten Free journeys.
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