The other day a friend of mine mentioned that her young son, who has Celiac Disease, was tired of having to be so vigilant with his food. How many of you out there can completely relate? I guarantee everyone that has diet restrictions is jumping with their arm in the air or are saying TRUTH!!!” out loud (ok..maybe in their heads).
It can get tiring to check every label, every menu, every detail. We have all become pros at bringing our own food on trips, parties. I feel bad for the kids, like my son and my friend’s son. Kids have limited control over what they eat as it is, without also having to be gluten free on top of that.
As frustrating as it can be at times…it is necessary and if you have Celiac or another medical issue…it is also life saving. I wanted to go to her son and say, I know it sucks, but you are not alone and there are a lot of good things about being gluten free too.
One of the good things is that Celiac Disease is something that we can take steps to heal. It takes work and it is not a cure, but it is something we can be proactive with our health.
Another amazing thing is the community and support that has developed for people that have Celiac and other medical issues that require a gluten free diet. I have written about this before, but it is important. You are not alone.
One great gluten free community, especially for kids is the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America (www.gluten.org). I mention this group in The Library, and that they even have a magazine for kids who have to be gluten free.
You can also contact your local hospital or your doctor to find out about local support groups for people with Celiac or whatever your medical issue you have.
Meetup.com is also a great place to find local support groups and meetups. Many of these are fun groups where you go to new places to try gluten free foods.
Don’t forget about online support. There are countless people on the internet, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook sharing their gluten free experiences, tips, recipes and more.
You might also want to check out The Spoon Theory. The Spoonie community has also be a big support for those with chronic illness like Celiac and Lupus. It is easy to find online and on social media, just use #spoonie.
What are ways you have found support or inspiration?