Your Name: Anonymous E
When were you diagnosed as gluten intolerant? 7
Tell your story: I’ve been on the diet since I was 7 years old, I’m now 14. I’ve always been fine about avoiding food, I’ve only ever been tempted once and my tummy was really painful for a whole week after that so I’m never going to eat a normal biscuit again. It does make things difficult though, whenever I go to a friends house I have to check the ingredients of food so that their parents don’t feed me gluten and at school it can be embarrassing because at special events (like french breakfast day) everyone else was eating croissants and pain au chocolats and I was just sitting around watching them eat. But as long as I feel healthy then I don’t care if I have to avoid some foods.
What is your biggest challenge being gluten-intolerant? Explaining my diet to my friends and interested people, as soon as other people find out about my diet they never stop asking me questions, it gets very repetitive and boring. It’s the same questions I’ve had to answer again and again for 7 years! “Can you eat bread? Can you eat pasta? Can you eat cakes? Can you eat biscuits? What do you eat? What happens when you eat it? If you smell it will it make you sick? ”
What advice or tip would you give others who are gluten-intolerant? Don’t wait for your doctor to decide if you should try the diet, if YOU think it will help then try it for a couple of weeks and see what happens. And don’t eat glucose syrup or glucose fructose syrup because it can be made from wheat, many people don’t actually know this.