It’s the 1st of May today, the start of Celiac Awareness month 2017.
I’m really excited about this as it will help my environment understand better what exactly is Celiac Disease , what I can eat and not eat, what happens when I accidentally eat gluten. I’ll start the first post of this month with my story.
I was always very thin and white when I was young, my mother knew something was wrong and I went often to the doctor or hospital to give a bloodsample. I also had discoloured tooth enamel when I got my permanent teeth and I remember how I sat for hours on the toilet with no result, it was so frustrating. When I was 6-7 years old they finally figured that I had Celiac Disease and I started my glutenfree diet.
Very little was know about Celiac in the 90’s and there was not a lot of choice to eat. I remember that there was a small community in Belgium with people who couldn’t eat gluten and they had a file with glutenfree recipes which they gave my mom. She made my bread, cookies etc. and tried everything to keep me happy, but the bread was a horror! The taste was horrible, it was heavy, I kept chewing on it and ended up throwing up often. I remember feeling lonely and sad whenever there was a birthday party or if someone treated with sweets in school. I had to take my own along while everyone was enjoying their slice of cake or beautiful decorated cookies. But not everything in my life was sad haha! Luckily there was a summer camp for children with gluten intolerance where I felt like a normal child and it was nice to see that I was not the only one going through this. I was also getting some colour on my face again after a few years and having lots of energy. There was one store where we bought all my food from where I remember being super excited whenever they added new products. I still love this store.
But when I became 12 I started eating sweets with gluten without the knowledge of my parents. I couldn’t resist it anymore and was not getting visible symptoms so we thought that I was over it. That time people still thought that you could heal from this disease and that it wasn’t necessary to follow it for the rest of your life (If I only knew what I know now!).
So I ate gluten for almost 14 years not realising it was actually destroying me.
I had a lot of the symptoms but didn’t link it to Celiac for some reason. Until I was bloated almost every single day last year. I was trying to figure out what it was and realised it was Celiac Disease and all the symptoms could be placed.
So I’m back on a glutenfree diet for almost a year and i’m feeling much better. I will never touch anything with gluten again and hope that I’ll feel a 100% better soon! My gluten adventure ended when I came back from Belgium. I wanted to enjoy all these goodies for one last time as Belgium is a paradise when it comes to breads, pastries and especially their beers, but I ended up eating more rice crackers than anything else 🙂 Once back in India it wasn’t too tough to stop eating gluten. Indian food is mostly glutenfree and they use besan instead of normal flour in a lot of dishes. Besan is a flour made out of chickpea. They also have a lot of different millets, you can find their flours in every supermarket. And now that eating glutenfree has become such a trend even in India, it’s easier to go out and find food in a restaurant suitable for me.
I’ll write about that in one of my next posts as well as what exactly Celiac Disease is.
Lots of love,