Gluten-free for 4 Years Today

Today marks the 4th anniversary of my embarking on the gluten-free diet.  I received a call from my doctor on January 9, 2006 (my 33rd birthday) that my blood test for Celiac disease came back positive and the rest is history.  I can’t believe how much the gluten-free food market has changed over these past 4 years.  GF specialty food was close to impossible to find in the mainstream grocery stores.  Naturally gluten-free food was still as easy to find, but some of the questionable items that are now marked gluten-free weren’t as easy to identify.  Things have come a long way in just 4 years.  More & more companies are labeling their products “gluten-free” (Progresso Soups, Yoplait Yogurt, General Mills Cereal – just to name a few).  Many GF specialty foods have really exploded onto the market in the past 4 years.

So, today I celebrate being gluten-free.  I am thrilled that I am now following a diet that helps me feel better & is helping to make me the healthiest person I can be.  I celebrate that the “cure” is a diet change and not medication or surgery.  Things could really be much worse.  I have tried foods that I had never tried before & they have become new favorites.  So, if you are newly diagnosed & struggling, please take a moment to stop & think about it.  Mourn the beloved foods you are no longer able to eat & then move forward with an open mind.  You will discover a whole new world (try to think of that song from Aladdin – “a new fantastic point of view“).  Keeping a positive attitude will make your outlook seem much brighter.  :)

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12 Responses

  1. yahoo! happy anniversary!

  2. Congrats to you on your 4 year anniversary. Great testimony to the healing that can come. =) So glad you are here on the web. We need you!

  3. Happy Anniversary for healing your body! Wow, 4 years! I just had my 1 month (lol) anniversary yesterday! Woo hoo to feeling better!

  4. WOW hun! I’m almost at two years (the 30th), but 4 is fantastic!

  5. Congrats! We still need to get together and do a Columbus meet up! :)

  6. I wanted to let everyone know that I have been a celiac for 3 months. I tried pf changs last night and vomitted for hours. So much for gluten free. I was so upset because I love their food. This just made me so scared too

  7. Jennifer,

    I am so sorry to hear that you were so sick! It is possible that you got cross contamination somewhere along the way. I have been there, done that. It is no fun. There is always a risk when dining out. I hope you feel better soon!

    Perhaps you can contact the P.F. Chang’s location & speak with the manager & let them know – then maybe they can investigate what might have happened?

    Kim

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