4 years ago my daughter Juliana was diagnosed with Celiac disease. When we found out I felt like I had failed her as a mom. I had a meltdown then proceeded to the grocery store to get anything labeled “Gluten Free” I could find for her. Big mistake…I didn’t do my research before heading to the store and I panicked because I had no idea what I was going to feed my kid.
The other problem we ran to was birthday parties, she wasn’t able to eat the food or the cake and started to feel left out when she could eat what her friends were eating. From then on I brought my own food for her and would even bake gluten free cupcakes and bring them to share. Going out to eat was also a challenge because not many places offered gluten free options, at one point I was that mom and brought gluten free soy sauce to Hibachi because they didn’t have it and that’s what Jules wanted for her birthday dinner.
As the years pass I have definitely mastered the art of gluten free shopping, restaurants have also gotten much better at offering gluten free options, I also joined some groups on Facebook that I found here helpful and Pinterest was also my go to when it came to looking up recipes. I will link some of my favorite Facebook groups below.
This journey has been a long one and there have definitely been some bumps in the road but fast forward 4 years later and I have a thriving 14-year-old, with the help of her amazing gastroenterologist. Celia Disease is not something that will go away but at least we have it under control now!