Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Happy May, friends!! Wow… can you believe it’s already May?! Where did March and April go? Even though we’ve been stuck at home in quarantine, the time flew by for me. I’m really looking forward to May and am hoping things start getting back to normal (or the new normal) soon!

Since it’s May 1st, you know what that means…. Celiac Awareness Month! Each year on May 1st I like to reflect on my celiac journey and see how far I’ve come. Next week, May 5th to be exact, will mark 8 years since my diagnosis! What?! I know… 8 years!

I feel like I’ve come SUCH a long way, and I’m actually really proud of myself. After 8 years, I can confidently say my celiac is 100% under control- physically/mentally/emotionally. I wish so bad I could go back to first diagnosed Kristina and tell her there is light at the end of the tunnel… since I struggled so hard.

If you or someone you know is newly diagnosed with celiac and is struggling, I’m here to tell you YES it’s hard and YES your life will change forever… but with that being said, it’s completely doable and your quality of life will improve tremendously!

Over the years I’ve created celiac resources- some regarding my personal experiences (both positive and negative) and some are tips to help you navigate life with this illness. I hope you find them helpful!

Celiac Disease 101:

What even is Celiac disease? Here I explain what the disease is and what are some common symptoms to look for. Did you know there are over 300 symptoms for Celiac??

10 Things I wish I knew When First Going Gluten Free

So you’re gluten free… now your life is about to really change! I wish someone told me these 10 tips when I first was diagnosed.

What Can I Eat on a Gluten Free Diet?

Apparently there are a bazillion different names for gluten and gluten is everywhere! Here I break down for you what you can and cannot eat. 

How to Make your Kitchen Gluten Free

Cross-contamination is one reason why you may not be feeling good on a gluten free diet. Keeping your kitchen gluten free is so important! Here are my steps to avoiding gluten contamination in your kitchen. 

Gluten and Cross-Contamination

Cross-contamination is real and is often the reason people still don’t feel better on a gluten free diet. Here I broke down everything you need to know about it!

Gluten in Beauty Products

Not only do I need to worry about my food, but also my cosmetics?! Yup! Here I break it down for you!

Open Letter to Celiac Disease

Here I get really personal and share a letter to Celiac when I was sick in bed from a flare. 

What to Do When You’ve Been “Glutened”

I have certain things I do that help me get through being “glutened”, so here I share my tips with you.

10 Reasons I’m Grateful for Celiac

It‘s easy to get caught up on all the challenges of living with an illness, but you have to step back and find the positive in it as well. Here I reflected on why I’m grateful for celiac.

What it’s Like Being Married to Someone with Celiac

In this post I interviewed my husband and he shared his perspective on what it’s like being married to someone with celiac. This is my favorite post I’ve ever shared and the one I get the most emails about!

Celiac disease can be isolating at times since often people don’t “get it” unless you live with it. I’m so grateful for the celiac community I’ve “met” through social media and the internet. I feel so blessed to have such a huge support system in all of you!

If you have celiac or are gluten free for other health reasons, please update me! Let me know how you’re doing and any helpful tips you may have. As always, if you’re struggling please reach out to me any time!

xo, Kristina

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