Thankful for Being Coeliac

To many of you that might appear to be an odd title. Who in their right mind would be grateful for having Coeliac disease?

It’s not that I’m happy to have it – clearly if I had a choice I would choose to live without it – that’s a no brainer.

But there are some positives about the diagnosis and I want to share them with you today. Who knows, it might help others come to terms with their diagnosis too…


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First off, I’m thankful that I can’t eat anything and everything in sight anymore. It really is a very effective way of maintaining my weight!

Yesterday, someone came by my team with cakes and biscuits and lamingtons. In the good old days I would have gladly partaken of a treat but yesterday I waved it away. There was no real pain in it – I knew I didn’t need a treat although it did all look very scrumptious…

Second, I no longer feel bad for my husband when we dine out together. He has been Coeliac for 5 years now and would always miss out on hors d’oeuvres at functions as they would rarely be gluten free. Now we can miss out together and I won’t feel quite so bad as he forlornly watches me tuck into a meatball or mini quiche!

Thirdly, my eyes have been opened to some amazing dining options that prove that living gluten free (GF) doesn’t have to be completely painful. Apart from the growing number of GF options at traditional restaurants and cafes, there are also a handful of restaurants who cater particularly for those with coeliac disease.

Locally, I have discovered Ma Belle Patisserie which  is a GF exclusive bakery that provides sweet and savoury options for coeliacs and non-coeliacs alike. Nearby there is also Secret Salt, a casual eatery/takeaway run by a coeliac chef which offers GF options for previously out of bounds foods like hamburgers, fish & chips and snitzel.

So there are some positives to having to more closely watch what I eat. While I can’t deny that being coeliac in a gluten-dominated world does suck big-time, there could be worse things I could suffer from.

That’s definitely something to be thankful for!


Linking up with Francesca for Thankful Thursday – what are you thankful for today?

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8 Responses

  1. Rhianna says:

    I am thankful that you have such a positive attitude towards it all. I am also thankful that school holidays are nearly upon us!
    Rhianna recently posted..Love in an Apple Orchard.

  2. It must be hard to get used to at first, but once you’re used to it I’m sure you’d actually feel better for only eating healthy foods for you. Glad you can see the silver lining of the condition. xo
    Aroha @ Colours of Sunset recently posted..Thankful Thursday

  3. Me says:

    I think when we find out what is good (or not) for our bodies it’s such a good think because then we can feed it the food that makes it work optimally. I know that cutting out sugar was a good thing for me and while there are times when I really long for something, if I leave it a while and still really long for it, I’ll have a little, but knowing what the consequences are of eating it.
    Have a great weekend !
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  4. Dani says:

    Glad that you can be “glass half full” about it,Mandy that have begun finding some great food treats that are coeliac friendly.
    Dani recently posted..‘Drowning Does Not Look Like Drowning’

  5. I’m thankful that you wrote this post! I’m gluten-intolerant and have been GF for four years. I know what you mean about one of the positives being that you can no longer just eat everything in sight. I’ve got used to it now and I actually don’t even feel like I’m missing out … I think it would be a lot harder to have to give up dairy. How wonderful that exclusively GF bakery – I’m a little bit jealous!
    Lizzy – Muddle-Headed Mamma recently posted..Zabaione al Caffè

  6. You rock.

    I hate cake. And I am really thankful for that during team ‘morning teas’.

    Pity I always bring donuts.
    kelley @ magnetoboldtoo recently posted..ZZ Top got it so wrong. Cause every girl is crazy ’bout a hairy chested man.

  7. Oh lovely that is AWESOME – I have to agree that since Nathan is GF that it must be WAY easier, you were in sync before but now you are moreso!!! Em xx
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