This is going to be a short post! I have had a very busy week, and I didn’t have much time to work on this blog. Stay tuned next week for some fun updates, though! I will hopefully be posting my first recipe since my new diagnoses. I’m very excited!
Next month is Celiac Disease Awareness Month, so I wanted to remind myself this month of the cool things this autoimmune condition has brought me after one year!
- I have met some awesome people. It’s so nice to know other people with the same difficulties, and I love the support systems that we have. (Paige, you are awesome.)
- It has pushed me to learn to cook. Before I was diagnosed, I didn’t like cooking, and I don’t think I ever would have learned without being limited.
- I have a blog now. I had always wanted to blog, but I never felt like I had anything to say that would help people. Now I have lots of things to write and share. And with the newest health concerns, I will have even more to write about!
- I eat healthier than ever. I have cut out all processed foods, and I eat all whole foods. I don’t think I would have done that without the need to.
- I have no problems losing weight. This is a frustration at the moment, but will be a benefit when I’m older, I’m sure. Ha!
- I have tried lots of new things. I’ve been to lots of new restaurants, tried lots of new foods, and made my own recipes. This week, I made fish for myself for the first time, which is something I never would have done a few years ago!
- It has strengthened me mentally. It has been really hard at times, and I’ve felt left out at many parties/gatherings. But through the experience, I learned that no one really cares if I have to pack my own food, and my good friends will still include me whether I can eat with them or not.
- I know exactly what I am putting into my body at all times. Having to read labels constantly gets annoying, but now I know everything that goes in. I know how many macro and micro nutrients I get each day, which is very helpful at times!
- It means so much more to me when others cook. Knowing that they spent so much time making me something safe makes me feel loved and appreciated. I think being cooked for is something I definitely took for granted before I was diagnosed. (Shelby, you are great at this. :))
- I’m happier and healthier than I’ve been in a while. Finally knowing what causes my problems has helped me to get rid of most of them. I am always thankful that my daily stomach aches are a thing of the past. (I actually wrote this blog post before my new digestive issues had started, but this is still true! Even though I am struggling now, it is not related to celiac disease, and the diagnosis of celiac disease helped me out tremendously! My stomach aches now are caused by different things, but I am working on those too.)
Thank you for reading! If you can relate, comment or send me an email! I’d love to hear from you. 🙂