Yesterday I was talking to my dear friend Allison. She was telling me her 7 year old daughter is convinced she has Celiac after hearing her Mom talk about Grace with friends etc. - why not want what someone else has? We chuckled. Then Allison said "You know - she does often have tummy troubles - we have chalked it up to stress. She doesn't have any other symptoms of Celiac. I have thought about it before." I suggested she try an elimination diet - wheat and dairy are a good start. Her response "I could never do that - wheat is in EVERYTHING!"
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Here is where it gets freaky - my response? "It really isn't that hard."
There I said it.
I remember in the beginning being SO VERY overwhelmed - wheat IS in everything - isn't it?? Four short months and lots of research later it really isn't that hard. Not that it isn't a pain, not that it can't be hard "sometimes" and not that we don't have to be diligent about it - just that now that we got the hang of it - it really isn't that hard.
I do think "one" of the reasons it isn't that hard is Grace has taken charge of her own diet - we don't have to fight about her wanting things she can not have. She knows if it has gluten in it it will make her sick - she choses not to eat it. For this I am thankful.
So with a pocketful of knowledge, an agreeable Celiac and the willingness to "just do it" living gluten free isn't really that hard.