After years of abdominal pain and discomfort, my doctor diagnosed me with Celiac Disease in 2009. I didn’t know what gluten was. It was stressful to change lots of my recipes, find places that are safe to eat. It took awhile, but eventually, I started feeling much better, and it’s amazing what a difference gluten free diet has made for me.
After I was diagnosed, I started doing research and found out that Celiac disease is genetic. So I immediately called our pediatrician, to get my kids tested. Neither one of them had any symptoms, but I thought to test them just in case. It’s a simple blood test for Celiac panel. So, it turned out that my youngest tested negative, but my oldest, who was 7 at that time, had a full blown celiac disease with her levels off the charts. This was shocking, since she didn’t have any symptoms at all. It was later confirmed by endoscopy, where they found that she had some intestinal damage already. We decided as a family to eat gluten free.
I started this blog to keep track of my gluten free experiences and provide helpful tips for others. I like to connect with a gluten free community and raise awareness about the diet.
More and more restaurants and stores are offering gluten free products every day. I try to help people new to the gluten free diet find more information. I know how overwhelming it can be at first. Whenever I travel somewhere, I do research online of where I can eat, and I hope this blog will help those looking to visit Orlando. Thankfully, Disney World is great at accommodating gluten free diet, but there are lots of restaurants to go and eat gluten free outside of Disney World.