Coeliac Disease

“Coeliac disease (pronounced see-liac) is not an allergy or simple food intolerance. In fact it’s an autoimmune disease, where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues. People with coeliac disease this immune reaction is triggered by gluten, a collective name for a type of protein found in the cereals wheat, rye and barley.”Coeliac Disease UK

I have just found out that I have a Coeliac Disease, which means going through my whole diet, checking everything and changing a lot. I only got this confirmed on Friday afternoon so I am still getting used to the whole thing.

On Friday night I started Googling a lot to find out what I can eat – I would prefer a list of what I can eat than a list of what I can’t. And I also researched what supermarkets offer the best range (at reasonable price) of gluten free foods.

Top three supermarkets are:

  1. Sainsburys (44%)
  2. Tesco (17%)
  3. Waitrose (12%)

I popped to the supermarket on Saturday and picked up some gluten free rolls for work lunches and on Wednesday (pay day!) I will be doing my big food shop – with a big change.

Some of my concerns about this new diet that I’ve read up on are that it becomes easier to develop an eating disorder because you are, for the first few months, constantly checking food labels. I’m also concerned with the fact that everything gluten free costs a lot more – as you all know I’m on a pretty tight budget already never mind having to adapt to this now too. And I know a lot of celebrities are using a gluten free diet as a choice so they can lose a lot of weight, I want to lose a bit but worried that I will lose too much.

I guess being aware of this though will make it easier for me to be more careful!

I’ve got the doctors later on this week where I’ll be chatting to her about it to find out more, I’ve signed up to the Coeliac Disease UK website and awaiting an appointment to see a dietitian.

Coeliac Disease – I am ready!


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