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{"id":1011891863599,"title":"With or Without Gluten; How our loved ones are Challenged along with Us","handle":"with-or-without-gluten-how-our-loved-ones-are-challenged-along-with-us","description":"\u003ch1\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/beabetteryoufit\/\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eby Maria Faller\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h1\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cbr\u003eGoing gluten-free is challenging. Going gluten-free for medical reasons is like walking through an obstacle course with barbed wire and landmines everywhere. Any bit of gluten or cross contamination can set off a series of symptomatic reactions. Whether you suffer from severe digestive issues, inflammation, migraines or Duhing’s disease (Dermatitis Herpetirmis), a reaction from gluten ingestion can wreak havoc on your life. A reaction can cause pain and medical misery lasting from hours to weeks. \u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eAs awful as it is on us, the medically necessary gluten-free, we forget that it is also a hardship on our loved ones. As a wife and mom with Celiac disease, I have had many other people live through this with me from the beginning. At first, we faced fear, the fear of the unknown. Horrific symptoms overwhelmed my mind and body. As any Celiac knows, the unknown is a very scary time. We then faced frustration from being misdiagnosed time and again. Finally, we faced the facts, that a diagnosis of Celiac Disease means a complete overhaul of life as we know it. And while I was relieved that this autoimmune disease was something that required no medical treatment, I was also naïve in knowing next to nothing about how much our lives were about to change. \u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThe kitchen and pantry changes were tremendous. In the beginning, all gluten was evacuated from my home. It did not matter that I was the only gluten-free person in my house. The entire home was treated like it was quarantined. My family did not argue, they tried (and continue to try) to be supportive, but it has been challenging for them too. Meals became different and not quite as decadent as before. Confusion about what is truly gluten-free and what is slightly gluten free is still a daily conversation, ten years later! Labels are read (and re-read) and Google can predict our next words being “gluten-free” after every food we type into the search engine.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eEating out can be pretty terrifying for all of us. My family is well aware of how sick I can get, and of course, that makes them nervous. Finding restaurants that are strictly gluten-free is still a challenge. Finding food and drink establishments that are properly trained in gluten-free food handling is still rare. Going out to eat used to be a fun occasion but quickly became a stressful one. I am petrified to eat out and sometimes when I am really uncomfortable with a menu, or the knowledge of employees is lacking, I won’t eat at all. Water, please. This is not only an uncomfortable situation for me because of course, I am starving, but now I am the only person who is not eating. My companions are also really uncomfortable, which sparks awkward conversations. \u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e“Well, we can go somewhere else’”\u003cbr\u003e“Where can you eat?”\u003cbr\u003e“What can you eat?” \u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eDoes this sound familiar? What was once normal and fun is now more of a strain. I know that I am the one with the disease, but I also realize that I am not the only one affected by it. Loved ones try to make the Holidays enjoyable for me by cooking gluten-free meals. My husband takes me to restaurants with gluten-free options. Everyone tries to make accommodations for me, even at weddings! My aunt actually baked me a gluten-free cake on her wedding day so that I could eat dessert at HER wedding. How incredible is that?\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eWe focus on our protecting ourselves and being diligent because we know the damaging effects of being glutened. It is vital that we take care of ourselves and stay alert. It is also important for us to honor and appreciate those who struggle with us, support us and make special cakes for us. We are in it together, as they have shown their love for us, with or without gluten. \u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch1\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003eAbout the Author\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h1\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMaria Faller, who lives with Celiac Disease, is the founder of \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/beabetteryoufitness.com\/#services\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eBe A Better You Fitness\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e. 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Finally, we faced the facts, that a diagnosis of Celiac Disease means a complete overhaul of life as we know it. And while I was relieved that this autoimmune disease was something that required no medical treatment, I was also naïve in knowing next to nothing about how much our lives were about to change. \u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThe kitchen and pantry changes were tremendous. In the beginning, all gluten was evacuated from my home. It did not matter that I was the only gluten-free person in my house. The entire home was treated like it was quarantined. My family did not argue, they tried (and continue to try) to be supportive, but it has been challenging for them too. Meals became different and not quite as decadent as before. Confusion about what is truly gluten-free and what is slightly gluten free is still a daily conversation, ten years later! Labels are read (and re-read) and Google can predict our next words being “gluten-free” after every food we type into the search engine.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eEating out can be pretty terrifying for all of us. My family is well aware of how sick I can get, and of course, that makes them nervous. Finding restaurants that are strictly gluten-free is still a challenge. Finding food and drink establishments that are properly trained in gluten-free food handling is still rare. Going out to eat used to be a fun occasion but quickly became a stressful one. I am petrified to eat out and sometimes when I am really uncomfortable with a menu, or the knowledge of employees is lacking, I won’t eat at all. Water, please. This is not only an uncomfortable situation for me because of course, I am starving, but now I am the only person who is not eating. My companions are also really uncomfortable, which sparks awkward conversations. \u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e“Well, we can go somewhere else’”\u003cbr\u003e“Where can you eat?”\u003cbr\u003e“What can you eat?” \u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eDoes this sound familiar? What was once normal and fun is now more of a strain. I know that I am the one with the disease, but I also realize that I am not the only one affected by it. Loved ones try to make the Holidays enjoyable for me by cooking gluten-free meals. My husband takes me to restaurants with gluten-free options. Everyone tries to make accommodations for me, even at weddings! My aunt actually baked me a gluten-free cake on her wedding day so that I could eat dessert at HER wedding. How incredible is that?\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eWe focus on our protecting ourselves and being diligent because we know the damaging effects of being glutened. It is vital that we take care of ourselves and stay alert. It is also important for us to honor and appreciate those who struggle with us, support us and make special cakes for us. We are in it together, as they have shown their love for us, with or without gluten. \u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch1\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003eAbout the Author\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h1\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMaria Faller, who lives with Celiac Disease, is the founder of \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/beabetteryoufitness.com\/#services\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eBe A Better You Fitness\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e. She is a Fitness Trainer, Youth Trainer and Nutrition Consultant certified by the International Sports Science Association.  She is also a certified wellness coach. 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With or Without Gluten; How our loved ones are Challenged along with Us

by Maria Faller


Going gluten-free is challenging. Going gluten-free for medical reasons is like walking through an obstacle course with barbed wire and landmines everywhere. Any bit of gluten or cross contamination can set off a series of symptomatic reactions. Whether you suffer from severe digestive issues, inflammation, migraines or Duhing’s disease (Dermatitis Herpetirmis), a reaction from gluten ingestion can wreak havoc on your life. A reaction can cause pain and medical misery lasting from hours to weeks.

As awful as it is on us, the medically necessary gluten-free, we forget that it is also a hardship on our loved ones. As a wife and mom with Celiac disease, I have had many other people live through this with me from the beginning. At first, we faced fear, the fear of the unknown. Horrific symptoms overwhelmed my mind and body. As any Celiac knows, the unknown is a very scary time. We then faced frustration from being misdiagnosed time and again. Finally, we faced the facts, that a diagnosis of Celiac Disease means a complete overhaul of life as we know it. And while I was relieved that this autoimmune disease was something that required no medical treatment, I was also naïve in knowing next to nothing about how much our lives were about to change.

The kitchen and pantry changes were tremendous. In the beginning, all gluten was evacuated from my home. It did not matter that I was the only gluten-free person in my house. The entire home was treated like it was quarantined. My family did not argue, they tried (and continue to try) to be supportive, but it has been challenging for them too. Meals became different and not quite as decadent as before. Confusion about what is truly gluten-free and what is slightly gluten free is still a daily conversation, ten years later! Labels are read (and re-read) and Google can predict our next words being “gluten-free” after every food we type into the search engine.

Eating out can be pretty terrifying for all of us. My family is well aware of how sick I can get, and of course, that makes them nervous. Finding restaurants that are strictly gluten-free is still a challenge. Finding food and drink establishments that are properly trained in gluten-free food handling is still rare. Going out to eat used to be a fun occasion but quickly became a stressful one. I am petrified to eat out and sometimes when I am really uncomfortable with a menu, or the knowledge of employees is lacking, I won’t eat at all. Water, please. This is not only an uncomfortable situation for me because of course, I am starving, but now I am the only person who is not eating. My companions are also really uncomfortable, which sparks awkward conversations.

“Well, we can go somewhere else’”
“Where can you eat?”
“What can you eat?”

Does this sound familiar? What was once normal and fun is now more of a strain. I know that I am the one with the disease, but I also realize that I am not the only one affected by it. Loved ones try to make the Holidays enjoyable for me by cooking gluten-free meals. My husband takes me to restaurants with gluten-free options. Everyone tries to make accommodations for me, even at weddings! My aunt actually baked me a gluten-free cake on her wedding day so that I could eat dessert at HER wedding. How incredible is that?

We focus on our protecting ourselves and being diligent because we know the damaging effects of being glutened. It is vital that we take care of ourselves and stay alert. It is also important for us to honor and appreciate those who struggle with us, support us and make special cakes for us. We are in it together, as they have shown their love for us, with or without gluten.


About the Author

Maria Faller, who lives with Celiac Disease, is the founder of Be A Better You Fitness. She is a Fitness Trainer, Youth Trainer and Nutrition Consultant certified by the International Sports Science Association.  She is also a certified wellness coach. Maria is dedicated to helping others feel better, look better and work toward achieving better health.  She is the author of a new book to be released in the winter of 2018 “BABY steps: A realistic guide to Being a Better You”