I Love Celiac, My Body and My Journey and So Should You: A Pretty Little Pep Talk

I get it. Celiac is tough. Trying to navigate the gluten free world is tough. But, the reality is we are never going to figure it all out. Every day new products are going to come out, old ones will go away and we need to adapt to the constant changes of gluten free living.

Is this gluten free? Is that gluten free?

I admit I went through a funk with this diagnosis and struggled with depression and anxiety about how I was going to live the rest of my life with this condition. A Pretty Little Pity Party we could call it and then I started to snap out of it. I started to try new things and experiment.

We tried new stores and drove all over town to check out new places.

Is it time consuming? Absolutely. Was it worth it? Absolutely.

At some point we all have to stop saying “oh woe is me” and move on to “oh joy is me.”

I am grateful for this disease because it has made me more aware of anything and everything related to my body than I ever would have before my diagnosis. Things that completely baffled me, frustrated me and made me sick finally made sense.

Learning about the celiac world and gluten free living has been an incredible eye opening experience. I want to teach people it’s ok to grab this by the horns, learn about your body, learn about yourself and focus some energy on “me time.” Now more than ever, your body needs you. It needs you to pay attention to it and bring it back from malnourishment and illness.

When I speak, I talk a lot about listening to your body, understanding what’s going on and not accepting a diagnosis that you know in your heart is incorrect. If anyone should be an advocate for you, it’s you right?

This blog opened my eyes to a world I didn’t even know existed. All of you reaching out for supporting, looking for guidance and just trying to find some answers. While I don’t have all the answers, I do posses a can do and positive attitude that can help you along the way. You might not always agree with what I have to say or a product I like/dislike, but I promise you I will listen and engage in a discussion about the topic in a respectful and kind manner.

Over the years, I truly believe the only way to overcome obstacles is to be resilient, fight for it and strive to have a positive attitude.

I get it, we aren’t always going to have a positive attitude. I admit when I am around negative people, I can get sucked into their vortex of yuckiness but that is why I’ve chosen to stay away from people who bring me down or put me in that environment. I CHOOSE to live my life in this manner and it is the best decision I ever made. I’m happier. I’m healthier. I’m much more fun to be around.

So, what is the point or the take away from this post?

I want to encourage everyone to use this diagnosis or journey to better your lives. Believe that you were diagnosed because your body was sick and you can easily fix it by eating gluten free. Gluten free isn’t easy but it’s better than some alternatives… right?

I find these quirky quotes and pictures on Pinterest and other fun sites to share with you, lighten the mood and make you feel better about your day. The ones that put a smile on my face are usually the ones I post on the Facebook page.

Play around with new foods. Experiment with new gluten free products. Make it an adventure! You will find new foods that you love. You will find alternatives for things you miss in the past. It just takes a little bit of time. I went 30 years eating whatever I wanted so I pretty much knew what tasted good and didn’t. You can’t bunch 30 or more years of life experiences with food into a few months and expect your life to be back to normal.

Complaining about it, isn’t going to make it go away. Constantly moaning and groaning to other people about celiac or gluten free issues are only going to alienate you from friends and family so why not embrace it?

You guys and gals lucked out… You found Pretty Little Celiac – Written by me, Rebecca Black… a Type-A, Overachieving, perfectionist workaholic that has celiac disease. So, you can be assured I will be writing frequently, thoughtfully and sharing my honest feelings, opinions and research with all of you to help better your lives. I’ve helped so many people improve their health and fitness over the years, I know I can make an impact on many more in the gluten free world.

If only I knew how to cook – this might be the perfect resource for you 🙂

xoxo – Rebecca


5 responses

  1. Simply, I love your honesty and openness about your Celiac journey. I find laughter, those ah-ha moments, and girl I’m so right in that boat, too. You’re a voice to be heard.

  2. How do I overcome the emotional meltdowns? They are usually triggered by a bad eating experience (for example, hotel not having ingredient listings for food or restaurant not know what gluten is). The sadness, crying and depression is the worst. I can live without gluten and physically feel fine.

    • Hi Jen-

      I think educating yourself and advocating for yourself are the only ways to combat the tears. The things other people do are out of our control. We can’t ever know what a restaurant will or won’t have but we can know how we will respond to it. Use those opportunities to educate their manager about the disease and just feel good about making a difference to one place. I stopped having the tear fests because I was allowing other people to control my emotions and that isn’t right.

      I took control, stopped crying about other people and decided to live my life without being trapped behind celiac.

  3. Hi Rebecca,
    I love reading your advenures! I have celiac (diagnosis 2009) and have had to spend a lot of energy figuring things out myself. (a big thank you to my husband daughter AND ESPECIALLY SISTER ~ there with me every step of the way)
    I needed that pep talk today. There is a great amount of grief that comes with this diagnosis. Grief not only from giving up foods you love but from isolation, medical neglect from doctors that don’t know or care to educate themselves, misdiagnosis’ that can go on a lifetime. The best thing for me in this adventure of a Gluten Free/Dairy Free life is connecting with other celiacs. Keep up the great work! I hope you visit the Pacific North West we have a wonderful array of Gluten Free options!

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