Before I started this blog, I had so much to say.
So much to say about eating gluten free, celiac disease and life. Of course, now that I have a place to get all my thoughts down, I seem to be fresh out of ideas - and it is so frustrating!

I've made less than 10 posts, how can I already be out of things to say?! 
I think I'm too worried about being interesting and/or exciting with my posts.
No more!

So I apologize if every post isn't what you were hoping for or isn't terribly interesting.
But I hope you'll continue to read and leave comments!! :)

Lately I've just been working and getting ready for classes to start in September.

I have two jobs.
One at a restaurant, the other at the clubhouse in my neighborhood.

Today, I'm working at the clubhouse.
Thus, I've done a lot of this, out of pure boredom: 
Ahhhh I'm stuck here for 11 hours.
And, even a little of this:
Maybe if I turn off the lights and crawl under the desk I can sneak in a quick nap!
And here's what I stare at all day, if you were wondering: 
Tabs open: 
Crate & Barrel - I love drooling over everything on that site
Weebly - the best blog hosting site!!
Pandora - Mumford & Sons radio, of course
Gluten Hates Me but I'm surviving - a great blog that you should check out!
Facebook - for when I'm super bored (be sure to like the blogs page!)

And of course, Twitter is always open on my desktop.
Oh and occasionally I do a little work ;)

I also had a pretty awesome lunch today from Chipotle. I tried their salad for the first time and I am in love! The dressing is delicious (and gluten free, of course). I got black beans, chicken, corn, tomato and cheese. What do you order at Chipotle?

Please leave comments! I love comments! :)
Happy Thursday


You're back.
I'd like to tell you about my journey with Celiac Disease and the gluten free diet.

But first, here's an adorable childhood picture that will hopefully get you to read on ;)
That's me. :)

When I was a baby I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. That was almost 20 years ago and what was once a very rare disease is now gaining all kinds of awareness! Today you'll find many gluten free products strewn throughout the aisles of your grocery store (even if you don't notice them - they're there!) 

But this has not always been the case. 

There were few known gluten free brands and substitutes when I was first forced to eat gluten free. Up until I was in the 5th grade I followed the diet very strictly. I remember Pamela's cookies being my absolute favorite!! But somewhere along the way I started eating gluten again. It (appeared) to no longer make me sick and my family and I assumed that everything was back to normal and I could eat gluten again. We obviously did not have a very good understanding of Celiac Disease. 

So, for many years I ate everything with no remorse or even a thought of how gluten was affecting me!
and eating,
and eating
But I didn't really know I was sick and tired. 
I felt happy and normal. I enjoyed much of my high school career while consuming gluten. I'd eat pizza with friends, donuts for breakfast in the mornings, way too many of the rolls they give you at restaurants and I did all this simply ignoring the fact that I had a serious allergy to the protein in wheat, barley and rye. 

Well, my senior year of high school my parents decided that I needed to visit my gastroenterologist and see how things were going with my Celiac. Can you guess how things were going? You're right, horrible. 

So there I was. Eighteen years old and ready for all the big changes that come with college. The only thing that lied between Miami University and I was senior prom and graduation. Oh, and I had to completely change my diet. No big deal

It was kind of rough.

And I'm not sure many people understood that. I was so used to going out with my friends and eating "normally", but now I was having to explain to my waiters (and everyone else for that matter) that if they "could please substitute the roll for some fruit because I have a gluten allergy" I would really appreciate it. 

But I got through it and made it to Miami University in the fall. As if going to college weren't enough change already, I had the added responsibility of maintaining my gluten free diet by meeting with dietitians and cooks at the school to accommodate my special needs. The staff at Miami was wonderful. Every Saturday I would have gluten free pancakes or waffles waiting for me in the kitchen. It was awesome! 

For many reasons though, I decided to come home and attend THE Ohio State University (Go Bucks!).
And if we're going to get really honest I was venturing into eating gluten again. It still did not make me feel (immediately) sick and that was reason enough for me to have a bite of pasta off my moms plate or have just one slice of pizza at work. 

It wasn't a lot. But it was more than enough. 

I'm not really sure what flipped the switch but for the last year I've been 100% gluten free! And I will never go back to eating gluten again! G-free is the life for me. Being off of gluten now for so long has shown me just how awful I was feeling before when I thought I felt perfectly fine.

So there it is - my (somewhat shameful) story of my struggle with Celiac Disease. While I regret the food choices I made in the past I hope that I can take those experiences and encourage others to not make the same mistakes I did. If you have any sort of gluten intolerance or allergy, let me assure you that it is not worth it to eat gluten.

What's YOUR story? I know I, and many others, are interested in hearing it so please leave a comment! :)

If you have any questions please send me an email. 
I'm Janelle.

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Here you will (mainly) find my thoughts and opinions on gluten free living and celiac disease. I am not a dietitian (yet!). But, if you have any questions about anything that I talk about on the blog please do not hesitate to send me an email and hopefully I can offer some guidance!

Happy 4th of July weekend!!