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Ohio State University Graduate, nutrition professional living with celiac disease and helping the gluten-free community.

Location Columbus, Ohio
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Celiac disease gets better but never easy.⁠ ⁠ I say this not to be negative but to be honest. Even as we learn to face the challenges of celiac, the challenges never disappear.⁠ ⁠ Social events will still require planning, people will always need education, and people will continue to question your needs.⁠ ⁠ However, as you learn to face these challenges, it will get better.⁠ ⁠ What's a way celiac has gotten better for you?👇⁠

Eating in unfamiliar situations with celiac disease can bring challenges...⁠ ⁠ Is there ANYTHING safe to eat?⁠ Is there a chance of cross-contact?⁠ Am I gonna pay for this tomorrow?⁠ ⁠ It can be easy to let these challenges take over the experience and it doesn't have to be that way. It can be better.⁠ ⁠ With time, practice, and the right tools, new situations can be less overwhelming.⁠ ⁠ What challenges do you face in new situations?

The impact of diet culture on celiac disease👇⁠ ⁠ - everyone's eyes are on your plate⁠ ⁠ - people assume your living gluten-free for fad diet reasons⁠ ⁠ - people applaud weight-loss that's related to your small intestine not working⁠ ⁠ - people judge weight-gain from you adapting and recovering a damaged small intestine⁠ ⁠ - people don't respect your needs⁠ ⁠ - there's a risk for a broken relationship with food⁠ ⁠ - with weight changes comes a risk of a broken relationship with your body⁠ ⁠ Anti-diet messages have resonated with me for a while, and as I draw connections with diet culture and celiac disease struggles, the more of an advocate for this movement I become.⁠ ⁠ 👇Has diet culture impacted your gluten-free lifestyle?👇⁠

Real-talk: Body image isn't talked about enough in the celiac disease space.⁠ ⁠ Which is why I bring it up so often. So many people message me talking about their body changes and asking me to help reverse them.⁠ ⁠ Here's what I tell them:⁠ Weight change (in any direction) is normal before and after a celiac diagnosis.⁠ ⁠ Your body is HEALING after a diagnosis, try to be gentle with it.⁠ ⁠ 👇What's 1 thing you are grateful your body has done for you today?👇⁠ ⁠ Me? I'm grateful that is let's me wake up without a hassle. I appreciate that it's ready for the day when my alarm goes off.

I've been living my gluten-free food life on HARD mode - I'm not kidding.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Recently in my internship, I learned about a meal-planning method that has made my life a breeze. Whether I have 2 hours or 30 minutes to meal-prep, this method has made it possible. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ What method is this? The Rule of 3's! The concept is that you choose 3 things from the following categories to prepare or have on hand for the week:⁠⠀ - protein⁠⠀ - grains/carbs⁠⠀ - produce⁠⠀ - fats⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ It's been a lifesaver. For example, last week I had @scharglutenfree table crackers (carb) with mashed avocado (fat) and a hard-boiled egg (protein).⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ And guys - it was so good and so satisfying.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ And that's what's beautiful about this method, whether you cooking a pot of rice for the week or you're stocking up on gluten-free alternatives (like Schar crackers, bread, etc.), meal-planning has never been so adaptable and easy.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ (Shout out to Erin from @the_celiac_space for tuning me into this method)⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ What are YOUR go-to snacks and meals?⁠👇⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ #ad #paidpost #schar #scharglutenfree #scharpartner⁠⠀

Do you know what researchers have found to be one of the hardest things about living gluten-free? ⁠ The food cost. 😶⁠ ⁠ And that's not it, research has identified quite a few barriers to staying gluten-free.⁠ ⁠ And while my hope is that EVERYONE with celiac is living gluten-free, based on my dms... I know that's not true.⁠ ⁠ And even if you are successfully living gluten-free, that doesn't mean you're not facing these challenges.⁠ ⁠ Celiac disease management isn't just *adapting* your plate - it's adapting to much more than that...⁠ ⁠ How have you adapted beyond your plate?👇⁠ ⁠

Celiac disease isn't obvious.⁠ ⁠ People see what you go through socially and they don't always see what goes on physically, emotionally, and mentally.⁠ ⁠ I probably sound like a broken record by now, but seriously, it's not just simply going gluten-free. ⁠

One of the MOST overlooked aspects of celiac disease care is...⁠ ⁠ ...helping people cope and self-soothe with such a huge lifestyle change. ⁠ ⁠ It's not just simply going gluten-free, it's not coaching on reading food labels, and it's not sharing gluten-free recipes.⁠ ⁠ It's teaching people how to cope with:⁠ - feeling left out⁠ - a broken relationship with food⁠ - upsetting people who don't understand⁠ - feeling constantly misunderstood⁠ ⁠ and more.⁠ ⁠ This is something I'm greatly passionate about and something I'm still learning how to do too.⁠ ⁠ 👇What are some ways you cope and comfort yourself?👇

If living with celiac disease is hard, it's not because you are doing it wrong...⁠ ⁠ It's hard because living with celiac disease is hard.⁠ ⁠ Be gentle with yourself as you grow into this lifestyle and learn better ways to handle curveballs.⁠

Can you follow a perfect 100% gluten-free diet?⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ The answer is no. Simply put, our food system is set up so that there is no possible way to avoid gluten 100% of the time.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ That's partially why there are the <20ppm limits for gluten-free labeling. That's why things like oats have to be certified gluten-free in order to be safe.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Don't drive yourself CRAZY over being gluten-free.⁠⠀ Don't beat yourself up over accidental exposure.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Be gentle with yourself as you learn to navigate the murky waters of the food system that wasn't designed for people like us.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ And if you're struggling, reach out. 💜⁠⠀

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