New Diagnosis, Diet Changes, and Looking for Your Help

This is one of those blog posts that gets filed under “super personal,” but we’ve had some new developments in our family over the past few months, and it’s going to impact some things you may see in the future on my Barb’s Fit For Life social media pages.

Also, I’m looking for resources… and you may be able to help!

Over the past year, one of our daughters had been having some strange symptoms, which now just officially got diagnosed as celiac disease.

Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disorder where ingesting gluten leads to damage in the small intestine.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. It’s also added in many products you may never think have gluten… such as french fries, shampoo, dressings and sauces, and many more items we use every day.

 

GLUTEN IS SAFE FOR MOST OF US

Unfortunately, gluten has gotten a bad rap over the past few years because many fad diets claim giving up gluten will cause us to lose weight.

That is not true.

Unless you truly have a gluten sensitivity/allergy, eating gluten is completely safe.

I’ve spent the last 6 years spreading the word about adopting a #NoBannedFoods lifestyle. Adopting a moderate diet has been great for both myself and our family.

Gluten is absolutely safe to consume if you don’t have a true allergy to foods with gluten. Don’t believe the fad diets telling us gluten is unsafe or that it leads to weight gain. Even with our new diagnosis of celiac disease, I’ll still keep busting that myth.

 

THE GLUTEN-FREE CRAZE HAS GOT IT WRONG (BUT IT’S GOOD FOR CELIACS)

The gluten-free craze drove me nuts for years, mostly because I saw people cutting out gluten when they did not need to do so.

Although, now I must say that this fad has allowed for many new gluten-free products on the market, and our daughter is now able to enjoy them. In some ways, I must say I’m slightly grateful for the myth that going gluten-free is healthier because celiac sufferers have more gluten-free options than ever. All these choices make our daughter one happy little girl!

 

MORE TESTING TO COME

The rest of us are still getting tested to see if we have it (since celiac is completely genetic, we all need to be tested). It will be interesting to see where this journey takes us, but for now, it’s safe to say that our diet will be changing quite a bit in our house.

 

LOOKING FOR YOUR HELP

Becoming a gluten-free household has been a learning experience for our family.

I’m looking for help. I know there are many of you reading these blog posts, and I’m wondering if you have also had to cut out gluten (or know others who have done so).

I’m looking for any good brands, restaurant options, and other ideas that you think taste good.

I’d love your response to help grow our list of gluten-free options for our family, especially the kids. To send me your gluten-free ideas, contact me on my CONTACT PAGE. Thanks so much!