Hello. I’m Jennifer and I’m a recovering Glutenaholic.
Until I was diagnosed with Celiac in 2008, I had never heard of gluten. It took a while to understand the impact this change in diet would have on my lifestyle. We loved to socialize with friends over food and drink almost every weekend. I must have cried for the first 6 months. Then my body started to feel better.
As my husband and I learned more about how to eat at home and what questions to ask when out, it became a little easier. I still felt like a victim, and was ashamed and embarrassed to ask too many questions at some restaurants. It was difficult to explain to friends and family why I couldn’t eat the food they made, or have some dip after they stuck a cracker in it. Sometimes, it’s still challenge.
It was about a year ago I decided I no longer wanted to live a sheltered life. I was learning what were safe foods when eating out, and what kinds of places to avoid. We found you didn’t need to buy lots of expensive specially-labeled Gluten Free foods at the grocery store when there were so many alternatives readily available, and already in our kitchen.