For those of you who read my earlier post on Coeliac disease the results are finally in. Apparently I do still have confirmed Coeliac disease. When you think that I have had this all my life it shouldn’t be such a disappointment – it’s not like I don’t know what I can and can’t eat. The trouble is, after coming off my diet for 6 weeks (in order to be retested) I have now sampled all those yummy treats that I thought I would never try. I am of course talking about all those really fattening things that don’t do you any good anyway. Pasties, cakes, buns, pizza – did I mention cakes?
For the six weeks that I was eating ‘normal foods’ I felt like mealtimes were so much easier in our house, I didn’t have to cook two different types of pasta and it was so much easier to get something out of the freezer that we could all eat if I was in a rush. Now it seems to have gone back to where cooking is a chore rather than something that should be enjoyed.
People always ask me if I had any side effects from eating all that gluten. Well, the honest answer is no, not really. My tummy did get very bloated but not uncomfortably so. I didn’t get any pain and no obvious um… tummy problems at either end! Part of me wondered if it was worth sticking to a gluten-free diet when I wasn’t having major symptoms but after speaking to my GP and reminding myself of the long-term implications I know that it is the best thing to do.
One of the other things I will miss about being able to eat gluten is baking with my daughter. When I wasn’t following a gluten-free diet we were baking all the time because it was so much easier. Have you ever tried making gluten-free pastry – what a nightmare! Of course we do still do the odd bit of baking but it’s not the same when you can’t actually eat what you’ve made.
Does anyone else follow a gluten-free diet? Perhaps we could share some tips and recipes?
For more information of Coeliac Disease, visit the Coeliac website