I still remember vividly just over 5 years ago when I first learned I had to eat gluten free. Whoo, celiac disease was going to strip me off all the food I loved to eat — or at least that’s what I thought.
I was not new to eating a restricted diet. I grew up vegetarian and lactose intolerant so I was already ‘comfortable’ with not eating the norm and making modifications to my diet. It was nothing as strict as this new diet had to be though, but happily things sailed along pretty well. Learning the ins and outs of the gluten-free diet, the products that taste good and are worth the money was a challenge, but didn’t take too long to get into a great groove.
After a year of eating gluten-free it was thought that I may be able to tolerate lactose again so I gave it a try, starting slowly. What was quickly realized was it was not just a lactose issue with me, but I was also intolerant to casein and whey — so I basically had to go totally dairy free on top of gluten free.
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