1) Avoiding gluten is not an option.
After being diagnosed with celiac disease, you will inevitably go through a process that feels a lot like grieving.
You will go through immediate denial: It’s not really that bad. I can still eat gluten if I want to.
You will experience anger: Why me? This isn’t fair.
You will go through a stage of bargaining: Maybe if I only eat it on special occasions or on weekends, it won’t be so bad.
You will experience a feeling like depression: I can’t believe this is happening to me. What am I going to do? This will never get better.
Finally, you will come to a state of acceptance: I need to make changes to my diet to feel better because that’s what’s best for me.
Once you reach acceptance, you know avoiding gluten is not an option—it’s a necessity.
2) Your diet is going to change.
Source: Healthy Canadians
The Canadian Food Guide recommends adults eat between six and eight servings of grain products daily, so it’s no surprise our diets contain a lot of gluten. Understanding which grain products you can still eat, and which gluten-free options are worth your money, is a learning process that will inevitably change the way you eat (and grocery shop). The good news: These changes are fuelling your body to heal and better absorb nutrients.
3) You can find safe (and delicious) replacements for the foods you love.
In 2018, finding safe alternatives to the foods you already love is easier than ever. This means your diet doesn’t need such a massive overhaul: it’s just about finding the right replacements. Many companies like Hilray are solely dedicated to making this lifestyle as convenient for you and your family as possible.
4) After making the necessary changes, you will start to feel so much better.
It’s amazing what happens when you start feeding your body the foods it needs to thrive. As your body begins to heal and adjust to gluten-free eating, you will notice a drastic decrease is symptoms, an increase in energy, and a general sense of wellbeing. Trust in the process. Your health is more than worth it.