3 Years Gluten Free: What’s Changed?

So It’s only been 3 years since I got told to cut gluten out of my diet after I got my coeliac diagnosis. Like many others, I had awful symptoms and it took me a long time, a lot of perseverance, a huge amount of patience with ridiculous doctors who just told me I was too young to have health problems, I was too skinny and to ‘eat a banana’ (like ironically that used to be the cure for coeliac disease, but hey! Let’s not delve into that).

But February of 2018 has seen the third year of me going gluten free and saying goodbye to all of my money, hopes and dreams in the queue at the chippy, and relationship with the Pound Bakery. In that time a LOT of stuff has changed, not only in myself, but I feel with gluten free food itself. So lets check out my handy guide to what’s changed…. *80’s gameshow prize music plays in the background*

  1. My hair has finally grown!

    I don’t know about any of you guys who are reading this, but I used to shed hair like a persian cat (except my boyfriend was the one with the hairballs from me). I mean, it might be a coincidence from the ‘natural approach’ I’ve been using on my hair. I have been using only henna hair dye for the last 2 years, I don’t really use heat on it anymore, like only using my hairdryer once a week and that’s it, because I know it helps my hair. But for the first time since I was 14, my hair is finally longer than booby length, is stronger, and I feel like a total mermaid! Now where’s my dinglehopper, I really need to brush my hair.

  2. I finally have an arse!

    Once upon a time, I used to buy kids clothes because they were the only kind that used to fit me and my flamingo legs. It’s not all bad, you don’t pay tax, so they’re cheaper! But nowadays I have put on 2 and a half stone, and am 8st4, a size 10, which, for someone who’s 5ft1 is pretty good going. I have wobbly bits, boobs, and I don’t feel all weak, like I’m gonna snap in half all the time.

  3. My nutrition has improved.

    Long gone are the days of my iron drips, B12 injections and the doctors blaming me for not eating at all because I was underweight anyway from malabsorption. I still struggle with vitamin D deficiency, which is inevitable since it’s pretty much winter ALL THE TIME in the North West of England, but I know how to manage my deficiencies and I recover in no time.

  4. I’m more in tune with my body.

    Like I said, I know how to manage my Vitamin D deficiency, and I can kind of guess when my body needs more of something. Dizzy? Probably iron. Feel like I’ve been hit by a bus? Get some sunshine in there and top up your Vitamin D. Pins and needles? Take your B12, woman!

  5. I can finally cook properly!

    Since I got diagnosed at a time in my life when I was the most poor, at uni, I had to make food from scratch as it was cheaper. I can experiment with flavours, textures, and I do make an amazing veg chilli! The cakes I make seem to be better than non-gluten free ones I used to make.  AND when I cook from scratch, I can control what goes into it, and make it as nutritious as I can.

  6. Gluten free food has got a LOT better!

    Over the last 3 years I have noticed the range, availability and quality of food such as gluten free bread has got SO MUCH BETTER. We have gluten free naan bread, Ravioli and FRIKKIN GLUTEN FREE CHOCOLATE ECLAIRS! What more can you want? (other than a cure so you can pop in Greggs now and again)

  7. I’ve started my blog and it’s connected me with you lovely lot!

    It’s made me learn that people go gluten free for so many reasons, helped me feel less alone, and that I can relate to some people. And I love seeing the excitement from you guys when new gluten free products come out.

So, there you have it, these are the things that have changed and improved since going gluten free three years ago! Whatever your reason for going gluten free, I would love to hear from you as to what you think has changed the most, both health and supermarket-wise!

Thanks for reading!

Georgina x

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