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Is celiac disease a “blessing in disguise?”

Is celiac disease a “blessing in disguise?”


Is celiac a “blessing in disguise?”

Yes, I know, some of you are going to get a little upset about that. But really, think about it.

Having celiac disease makes us EXTREMELY aware of what we put into out bodies. Now the trick becomes making sure that it is high quality nutrition, not processed but “gluten free.” Now, I am not going to say all processed food is bad all the time. Heck no, I indulged in some Honey Nut gluten free Chex cereal after my weight training workout this morning. However, in my opinion that should be an exception.

I am a firm believer that if you eat well 90% of the time, (and that could easily be extended to 80%, keep in mind I am a physique athlete and so personally choose to be a bit stricter) that you can eat pretty well whatever you please the remaining 10-20% of the time. Including ice cream, my personal favorite splurge.
But I digress.

My point is, celiacs can’t chew mindlessly on the breadbasket while waiting for dinner. We can’t grab a pretzel at the movies. We have to THINK before we put food in our mouths. So really-if you’re already thinking about it anyway, why not take a little extra time.

Is what you are putting into your mouth not just gluten free, but free of empty calories? Free of artificial ingredients? Is it full of nutrition?

I was once told by a very wise person:

Everything you put in your mouth takes you one step closer to, or one step further away from your goals.

Which direction are you stepping?

9 comments on “Is celiac disease a “blessing in disguise?”

  1. I completely agree. Since suffering from horrible digestive problems, I’ve become so much more aware of what I feed my body. Over the past couple years, I’ve learned a lot about nutritious, healthy food and have adopted a healthy lifestyle. If it weren’t for my many food intolerances, I wouldn’t have had to go this in depth into the food I was eating. But since I have had to, I am healthier now than I was pre diagnosis. I also think people with Celiac or gluten intolerance are so lucky that we can control our health and our symptoms with food, and do not have to endure any medical procedures or pop pills for the rest of our lives.

    • Absolutely Julie. I think that awareness is always a good thing, and then we can make changes. And you are SO right about not needing to be reliant on medicine. Goes back to “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine by thy food” doesn’t it?

  2. Jon (DJTheory9 from Lyle's forum)

    Erin, that is exactly how i feel now about having celiac disease. at first i hated myself, but then i come to realize the past few years that he made me a different, stronger and more positive person. i have helped so many people who were having a hard time dealing with celiac. very good article =].

    • Hey Jon nice to “see” you over here! Thanks for your kind words. All in all, if you have to have a “disease”-celiac sure ain’t a bad one to have 😉 Congratulations on your journey-I know you only have more good things to come.

    • We motivate each other-each of us in this world has our own set of unique challenges-overcoming them is what makes gives us our own special perspective. Success breeds success-it’s inertia 😉

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