I remember the hunger

Am I the only person who felt hungry, like extremely hungry, for about a year after going gluten-free?

Man, that hunger was the worst.

I will never forget the time, about a month after I started following the diet, I ate an entire bag of gluten-free pasta and still felt legitimately hungry.

top spots2It was like removing gluten removed my stomach’s ability to recognition the sensation of being full.

There are still some days where I feel like my stomach is a bottomless pit; where I can eat all day and still have a craving sensation.

It’s a feeling that I never once experienced before going gluten-free.

I mean, What’s WITH that?

Did you ever have a similar experience when adopting the gluten-free diet?  

Comment below and share!

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What’s your symptom 

There’s no doubt that the awareness of the gluten-free diet has expanded tremendously since I was diagnosed in 2009.

However, an accurate Celiac diagnosis is still hard to come by.

Why?

Because the symptoms of Celiac manifest themselves differently for everyone.

It took approximately two years of blood tests, new diets, and finally a biopsy before my sister, Sarah, was diagnosed with Celiac in 2004.

Sarah was the first member of my family to get the diagnosis.

Since Celiac is a multi-system disorder, the symptoms vary depending upon the individual.

So when my mom started experiencing fatigue and numbness in her hands, she didn’t think it was Celiac because Sarah had an entirely different set of symptoms.

After a number of discussions with different doctors and a few tests, my mom was diagnosed with Celiac in 2008.

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July 2014; staying positive in the hospital after a Colitis scare

Seeing the drastic differences in my sister and mother’s experiences led me back to my doctor in 2009. 

I had my blood re-drawn, and found out that I had Celiac.

What I find interesting is that when I was first tested in 2004 (after my sister was diagnosed,) my blood test came back negative. I got tested again in 2009 (a year after my mother was diagnosed) and the result was positive.

What I find more interesting is that I never experienced any severe symptoms of Celiac (numbness, stomach pains, bloating, etc) until adopting a strict gluten-free diet.

Since each of our diagnoses, and adoptions of the gluten-free diet, we have all experienced different symptoms when eating gluten.

For instance, when Sarah or I eat gluten, we are plagued with crippling stomach pain for hours. This pain is followed by the development of a crater-sized canker sore.

It’s this debilitating, dynamic duo that has kept me loyal to the gluten-free diet.

On the other hand, my mom swears that her only symptom from eating gluten is a runny nose.

(Sarah and I think she just uses it as an excuse to eat chicken Parmesan in front of us, but who knows.)

The symptoms that I’m plagued with have never varied throughout the years, but I am curious to hear from you!

What symptoms do you experience when eating gluten?

Have they changed over the years?

Do you share similar symptoms with any of your family or friends?

Comment below for the chance to be featured in a follow-up post with a compilation of symptoms and stories from Western New York’s gluten-free community!

Healthy Sunday snack

Salad is one of my favorite snacks to make at home on a Sunday for a few reasons:

  1. IMG_6049I can eat as much as I want and not feel sick (or guilty)!
  2. I can throw whatever’s left in the fridge from the week right into it. Today, I had carrots, quinoa, edamame (leftover Japanese takeout!,) mozzarella, some sprouts and a small red pepper.
  3. It’s healthy. A colorful salad wil give you a decent amount of your daily recommended nutrients.
  4. I won’t regret it tomorrow when waking up early, and getting dressed, for work.

Next Sunday afternoon when you’re thinking about grabbing a bag of chips, or plate of wings, I urge you to think twice and just make yourself a little salad!