Are you suffering from celiac disease and you just found out about it? Are you clueless as to how to proceed with your life? What now? What should you do? What should you eat? Don’t worry as this post will address that situation.
Celiac Disease: What To Do After the Diagnosis
Let’s face it. Celiac disease is difficult to detect. In fact, many of those with celiac sensitivity see different doctors until being finally diagnosed with the disease. All the experience can be overpowering that finding a solution can confuse a sufferer.
Here’s one scenario that one newly diagnosed with the disease often go through. After finding out about the disease, the patient usually hoards gluten free food items. He becomes confused if he can still take multivitamins and often checks the labels in the grocery store for “gluten-free” signs. He scours the internet for pieces of advice that he can use but all the information is sending him to overdrive.
So where do you start? How? Don’t fret. Here are some tips that we can give you to successfully start your gluten-free journey.
- Stay away from gluten-free food items. Yes, you read that correctly. But why? The reason is that your body is filled with junk that amassed with years of unhealthy eating. Your body needs to detox first and heal. You will need to eat clean for a couple of months. Eating clean means avoiding sugar, consuming organic food items, fruits, vegetables, and fish. All this will help your body cleanse itself and help it “relax” from the constant battle in digesting unhealthy food or consumables that it is allergic to. After which, you can go to the next step.
- Start your gluten-free lifestyle. This is easier said than done as there are many factors to consider. First, you have to change your mindset to build will power to stay away from anything gluten. You also need to LOVE to be gluten free as your life depends on it. In addition to those, you will also need to rid your kitchen off anything that has gluten in it. If possible, create your own gluten-free zone – an area or surface wherein gluten nothing grazes. Also, buy your own utensils that only you can use and place them on your own area. If you are going out, make sure to call the restaurant where you will be dining later to check if they have a gluten-free menu. If they do have that kind of menu, talk to the manager and the person who will prepare your food to explain your situation. You will need to go through all those adjustments but it will get better later on. You’ll see.
- Get advice from those who are also suffering from celiac disease. There is a big community of celiac disease sufferers out there so don’t ever feel like you are alone in this struggle. Get nuggets of wisdom and heed them. You can even read books and find great resources. We assure you that you will never regret listening to other people’s stories, experiences, and pieces of helpful advice.
- Just breathe. Just because you are sensitive to gluten does not mean that you should stop living. don’t let the disease get the best of you. It’s a small hindrance but you will get by.
Go you! Don’t be afraid of celiac disease because we are all here for you. Good luck from your Gluten Free Dallas family!