Welcome to the Gluten Free Community
I have been living Gluten Free for just over 2 years. During this time, I have had many ups and downs with my health, but I continuously try to improve myself.
One thing that has really helped is being a part of my local gluten free community. My community includes:
Coeliac Australia - I love reading about the latest research, recipes, stories and products that are available to us. I have asked them many questions about being Gluten Free and they have always been most helpful in answering my questions.
Facebook Groups - When I was first diagnosed I tried my best to convert to being Gluten Free on my own. I was successful in most aspects but my local Facebooks groups helped me adjust to my Gluten Free lifestyle better. From learning to label read, what questions to ask restaurants, which local restaurants can cater Gluten Free, unexpected Gluten Free products, and advice for everyday living - these groups have been a lifesaver for not just me, but my family and friends who try their best to understand my Gluten Free needs.
Instagram Influencers - I follow many gluten free individuals on Instagram. It is amazing how many delicious recipes you can find. It's also a great resource for travelling tips, gluten free products and positive vibes (for those days when being Gluten Free is difficult). There is so much to learn from connecting with others going through the same experience as you!
Local restaurants - Many of my GO TO restaurants are either 100% Gluten Free local cafes around my area, or have been recommended by other Coelihackers living in Perth. You need to find local restaurants that can cater for you, as eating at home isn't always an option. I now have a list of restaurants who can meet my needs, and I am constantly adding to it. I think it's also good practice to review each restaurant on your list to determine your new favourite eating out spots. Eating out in restaurants is something I need to become more comfortable with.
Treats - It's always nice to be able to have the occasional cupcake, pie, or bakery item. I have several favourites! Champagne and Gumboots have fantastic cupcakes, slices, biscuits and other sweet treats. Whenever I see Stacey's stall, I always eat one on the day and buy a few extras to stock up my freezer. Prague Gluten Free Bakery have so many gluten free items that it's always difficult to choose which ones to take home! I am currently loving their gluten free chocolate croissants, and pumpkin bread.
Friends and Family - One thing many of us forget is it's not just our own journey. As we make the transition to being gluten free our friends and family members must learn and adjust as well. Some will take it well and will try their best to make sure you stay safe and are not gluten cross contaminated when eating out or at their house. Others take a bit more convincing. When I was first diagnosed, I didn't know much about gluten free living and I believe that education is key. Be patient with your friends and family members as they adjust and remember you will make many more gluten free friends.
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