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