The Happy Little Coeliac

I have to say, straight up, that this post was inspired by Em @ Have a Laugh On Me. The seed was planted a few weeks back when she wrote about the growing trend to ditch gluten and why a lot of people are being suckered into the hype.

The seed sprouted when she replied to a comment I had left on her last post which was all about not wanting to share meals at restaurants. I made a joke about how being coeliac saves me from that fate to which she replied “Oh lovely you crack me up – you’re so good as seeing the positive of coeliac! x”

And I guess that is true.

No point being a “Negative Nancy”, forever whining about NEVER BEING ABLE TO HAVE A REAL HOT CROSS BUN AGAIN!

*Deep breath*

No, much better to take advantage of the current “trend” to ditch gluten and embrace all those wonderful gluten free choices that suddenly abound.

Who knows why a GF way of life is suddenly so popular?

Is it a fad that will one day go the way of the Atkins diet and others targeting particular food groups?

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Is it something that honestly helps people feel lighter and brighter as proponents claim?

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Or is it just trendy because paying more for food that has something actually missing from it is cool?

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I really don’t have a clue. I also don’t have a clue what the government was thinking with last week’s budget, but that’s a WHOLE other post…

But what I do know, is that I am now a happy little coeliac. Thanks to the ‘in’ trend of ditching gluten, I have so many more dining options at my disposal. Thank you fad followers!

But that’s not the only benefit – let’s keep the positives rolling:

1. When you have a special dietary requirement, you often get to eat first on planes. Always a bonus – suck that, fellow passengers.

2. As mentioned before, you can totally use your diagnosis to avoid sharing food with others without offending them. I get to keep it all to myself, bwahaha….

3. It can be a handy weight management tool when you go somewhere that isn’t GF friendly. Many a time I’ve been to a cafe and gone without a treat because there were no options for me. Don’t be sad, my hips, I’m sure, were glad!

See? It is possible to be a happy little coeliac. Sure, I miss the smell and the taste and the texture of gluten filled treats but my body certainly doesn’t.

And thanks to the diet gods that currently think gluten is evil, I’m loving all the new options that lay before me!

Have you tried cutting out gluten? Did help or did it bankrupt you????

Linking up with Jess for the trendy, yet totally unpretentious, IBOT!

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23 Responses

  1. Lydia C. Lee says:

    I’m actually off to the doctor tonight to find out if one of the kids picked up some bug overseas or in fact has become gluten intolerant (which alas is what I’m beginning to suspect it is). So ironically, we are hoping it’s some nasty little parasite….to quote my boy “What am I meant to eat?….Not even pizza?”
    Lydia C. Lee recently posted..Cause for celebration…

    • Kirsty says:

      You can eat pizza, just have to make sure it’s the GF variety. And don;t bother ordering the GF ones from the big pizza chains. I suspect that have never heard of the term “cross-contamination”. Good luck, I hope for your boy’s sake it’s a bug and not anything more lasting x

  2. Happy little coeliac here too 🙂 OK, so sometimes not that happy, but yes, am enjoying all the new choices around. Must say though, I can’t for the life of me figure out why someone would CHOOSE to be gluten free, if they didn’t have to…
    Jane@The Hesitant Housewife recently posted..Feeding The Book Worm.

  3. Always look on the bright side 🙂 We try and limit gluten as it does generally make us feel better. I don’t know if we were ever meant to eat such highly processed, gluten products, but for us it’s part of healthy eating. Low sugar, good fats, low gluten and balanced eating in moderation. I can’t imagine, though, how frustrating it would be actually being coeliac. x
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    • Kirsty says:

      It’s not as bad as it used to be but sometimes it can suck when eating out. We are trying to pare back the replacement processed GF products like GF pasta and rice and returning to a meat and vegetable heavy diet. I agree, I don’t think we are meant to be eating the things we are eating nowadays.

  4. I’ve met so many people lately who have cut out gluten, some with legitimate reasons, and some just because. Which doesn’t bother me except that some people have a habit of making you feel like a lesser human being because you do eat it. That’s kind of annoying.
    I think you make do with what your given though. I did a year without dairy when breastfeeding one of my kids who was severely intolerant. A year with no chocolate was hard but you do it.
    You can still eat chocolate though right?
    EssentiallyJess recently posted..For Never Was There a Story of More Woe…. #IBOT

    • Kirsty says:

      I can totally still eat chocolate. Some particular chocolates are a no-go depending on the filling used (Crunchies and Caramello Koalas are not for me anymore) but I can still tuck into plain or, my favourite, chocolate almond!!!

  5. Love the positivity! Love it 🙂
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

  6. Love how you are looking on the bright side! I honestly don’t know how I’d cope if I was diagnosed coeliac / diabetic or any other condition that affects diet … hope I never find out!
    Janet @ Middle Aged Mama recently posted..Does Eyesential Really Work?!

    • Kirsty says:

      It’s one of those things – you manage it if you have to. I was lucky that Nathan was already coeliac so it wasn’t the massive shock it could have been…but I do miss real bread and hot cross buns!

  7. I have been tempted to go gluten free to see if all the claims are true – weight loss, more energy and etc, but it can be so limiting on what foods you can eat. I prefer to eat with abandon and I do because I don’t have coeliac disease. I love your positive attitude to gluten free. x
    Bec @ The Plumbette recently posted..My dilemma

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Bec – you know, for some people limiting gluten or eliminating it completely can help. You really don’t know until you try but if you don’t need to, probably no need to go there.

  8. Good on you, Kirsty. Best attitude! x
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  9. Sheridan says:

    When I was a teen my doc suggested I eliminate certain food groups to find out what is wrong with my stomach.
    I do not do well without dairy or gluten. I’m a pasta fiend and chocolate milk is my best friend. I would find a way to be joyous if I needed to, but I wouldn’t opt to be GF for no apparent reason. I guess I’m just not hip enough lol
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  10. Aww bless, go you, and thanks for mentioning me. I truly admire anyone who has to alter their diet so drastically for medical reasons. I find it hard enough to do it for health/diet reason. Those memes are funny 🙂 xx
    Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me recently posted..Nature in a knot – Wordless Wednesday

  11. I suppose at the end of the day, things could be much worse than having to miss out on gluten!? Do you worry when you are out that things or places say something is “GF” but it isn’t?
    Aroha @ Colours of Sunset recently posted..Blogging In May

  12. Tegan says:

    Your post reminded me of this scene in This is The End where Seth Rogen has given up gluten. It perfectly sums up the whole fad side of it!

    Tegan recently posted..Treading on Eggshells

  13. Talia says:

    Ha! I’m very glad you could see the positive in it!! 😀
    I’m just recently going gluten-free because of my thyroid condition, and I feel like it’s the same thing – to explain to someone that I want something gluten-free, but I’m not actually celiac (as far as I know I guess!) REALLY makes me look stupid!!

  14. When we were dealing with Maya’s food allergies a few years ago I used to give the gluten-free bread the side-eye in the supermarket and thank my lucky stars that wheat wasn’t an issue for her. There i so much more available now!
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