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…
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?