written by Jenny Bates
Jenny kindly submitted an article about Dietary Specials, one of her favorite gluten free food manufacturers.
Living with a normal diet was heaven. The choice, the taste, the care-free world of having anything and everything you fancied to eat. Bliss. But two years ago my life changed for ever.
I was diagnosed with coeliac disease which was a bolt out of the blue. I sat, stunned, as the doctor told me I would have to change my diet, avoiding any foods containing gluten, which he explained was found in wheat, barley and rye products.
He tempered this bombshell with the words... "In six months time I promise you will feel better than you have ever felt before."
I told him that I would hold him to that! I then headed home in tears, to start researching what I could and couldn't have to eat from now on.
After my endoscopy we cleared all the cupboards in the kitchen, wiped everything down and started from scratch. I refused to look back.
After two years on the diet, I still miss some of my previous favorite foods and activities, such as enjoying a Chinese Meal with friends, or a fish finger sandwich, especially if it was made from fresh baker's bread. But there are many benefits that have come from my new way of eating.
I especially notice that my tastes have changed. Everything tastes so much cleaner, crisper and more flavoursome. This may well be due to creating my own foods from scratch rather than relying on convenience foods as I did before.
However I felt that, just once in a while, being able to throw a ready made pie in the oven, rather than having to make the pastry myself, would be lovely.