Because Beyonce... Living With Celiac Explained in Beyonce Memes
So I watched homecoming last night, and I may have gotten a little carried away with these Beyonce memes.
I got inspired by the following memes to try to explain what it is like to live with Celiac Disease. Ready? Here we go.
1. When you accidentally eat some gluten and get a little moody...
Oops. The gluten made me do it, I promise.
Has this happened to anyone else? I can now tell when gluten has accidentally snuck into my food because, along with many other symptoms, I will experience mood swings.
But as soon as the gluten clears my system I can feel myself start to come back to normal.
It can be really frustrating whenever gluten gets into your system. But, all you can really do is wait it out and learn from the experience to avoid getting glutened again.
2. How it feels your first month trying to switch to a gluten free diet...
The struggle is real.
It can be hard to cope with the fact that you will never be able to eat real bread again. Or pizza. Or pasta. Or cookies. Or donuts. The more you find out, the longer the list gets. It's just depressing.
Every meal decision starts to become overwhelming. You constantly have to decide where/what to eat so that you won't end up getting sick.
And then, after learning the rules of what you can & can't eat, you go out into the real world and find yourself getting glutened despite your best efforts. Once this happens, you're stuck having to suffer through your Celiac symptoms all over again.
It's okay to be upset and sad about this. But don't worry guys, I can tell you from experience that it does get easier!
There are a ton of gluten free products out there for us to enjoy. And they taste just as good as the real deal!
3. When I get weird looks for asking for gluten free food in public...
When we ask for gluten free food we're not trying to be annoying, I promise! We are just trying to protect our bodies and stay healthy!
I finally got to the point where I stopped caring about what people think about me when I ask for gluten free food. And let me tell you, getting to that point feels great!
I was never one to be difficult about ordering food at restaurants before being diagnosed. So, having to ask the waiter what items on the menu are gluten free was a big deal for me in the beginning.
But, it did became easier and more natural to do over time. Especially when I could tell that the server understood my condition and thanked me for letting them know.
4. The difference you feel when you follow a strict gluten free diet...
That gluten free glow though. Am I right?
As much as a struggle as it is to be Celiac, making the change to live a gluten free life is 100% worth it.
Within weeks of changing my diet, I noticed a change with my body for the better.
As months went by, many of the symptoms that I had lived with for years started to subside as well. Before being diagnosed, I started to accept that the many adverse reactions unknowingly caused by gluten were "normal".
After a few months of being gluten free, my brain fog began to clear, my skin issues nearly disappeared, my stomach stopped hurting, and I felt more energized than ever before as my body began to heal and I could finally start absorbing the nutrients from my food.
After switching to gluten free, I realized, this is normal. This is how I should feel.
5. But I am so thankful for all the gluten free pizza options because I always have pizza on the mind...
All the gluten free ladies (and gentlemen) let's take a moment to praise gluten free pizza! What would we do without it?
As much as it may suck at first to learn that you have to be gluten free for the rest of your life, it's not as bad as you may think.
There are so many more gluten free companies and products out there that are here to serve the Celiac's of the world. Some of these foods even taste better than their gluten counterpart!
Alright folks, that' all for now.
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- XOXO Gluten Free Socialite