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Peanut361

335d

How have those of you diagnosed with Celiac later in life managed to adjust to a fully gluten-free diet? I have eaten normally my entire life (I am 21 years old) with no food allergies or sensitivities. In the last year or so, I developed Celiac disease. The adjustment has been so much more difficult than I expected. At first, I cut out gluten and my symptoms nearly disappeared. Then, I started noticing some symptoms after I would eat what I thought was entirely gluten free. After a little more research, I’ve learned I need to be a lot more careful about cross contamination (which is honestly it’s own battle and need it’s own post). Eating out, however, has been the biggest challenge. I’m basically afraid to eat out at any restaurants or fast food because my stomach has hurt afterward nearly every time. I thought Mexican restaurants would have lots of GF options and I tried to just order tacos or enchiladas on corn tortillas but I always seem to still get symptoms even if it’s minor. There are barely any places that seem to offer GF options so my best bet is trying to order food that is naturally GF but I’m guessing cross contamination is just too much of a risk in restaurants. Chick fil A has been my go to because I can eat grilled chicken and their fries are GF. So yeah I’m basically tired of having to cook everything I eat, sometimes I just want quick and easy food or restaurant food without having to cook. I live in Northeast Tennessee so if anyone has any Celiac friendly recommendations please share ❤️

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    • Jade777jjj

      52d

      Hi! Sry too tired to write but U can DM me here or on discord ( kristy_777_jjj ) 💖💖💖

    • Jade777jjj

      52d

      Hi! Sry too tired to write but U can DM me here or on discord ( kristy_777_jjj ) 💖💖💖

    • sweetpea57

      210d

      You guys are so lucky where you are - I am in Australia & was diagnosed when I was 62yrs old. I also have lactose, sucrose & maltose intolerances, which cuts out nearly all fruits & veges which are your usual staples, all grains, nuts, beans, breads & sugar of any type. I tried doing this strictly but it is too much, don't even get me started on the cost! I say you're lucky with eating out options as over here in restaurants etc they have changed ratings from gluten free to gluten friendly, which means they don't take any care with cross contamination & most are not interested in doing so if you request extra care. I also break out in a blistery rash if even a tiny bit of gluten is present.

    • Irelan

      214d

      I totally gey this. The day I found out, i completely cut out gluten, and unfortunately, dairy. Adjustments were made, and nowadays, I look for really good places that are known for being gluten-free. I know there are also apps for finding gluten-free restaurants like Find Me Gluten Free or the nca posts places that are good to go.

    • thats.rough.buddy

      215d

      I basically just don't eat out, or if I do, I get something simple like a salad and bottled water and just enjoy the atmosphere with my friends. One thing I do is I've been learning new recipes. I've discovered a lot of Indian and Mexican foods that are gluten free that I like to make. I also get frozen meals that are certified gluten free for when I'm tired. And I pack my own foods when I go to my friend's house.

      • Peanut361

        214d

        @thats.rough.buddy Thank you!

    • bonbisbro

      333d

      I just don't eat out.

    • Yeeyoo

      333d

      I read the menus before I go anywhere

    • frogs

      335d

      Hello! I’m also extremely sensitive to cross contamination so I understand the struggle. I only eat at 100% gluten free restaurants because I kept getting glutened at regular ones… the best thing I’ve found on days I don’t want to cook is have frozen meals on hand. I’ve found Trader Joe’s has a few good ones (I know some celiacs don’t trust tjs but I’ve never had an issue) I also have found good ones at target but I’m in the LA area so I know we have much better options than most places. Good luck!

      • Peanut361

        335d

        @frogs Thank you so much!!!! That’s a great idea!

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Some people diagnosed with Celiac later in life have managed to adjust by learning to cook, focusing on naturally gluten-free foods like corn tortillas, rice, and potatoes, and using meal plans from services like Hello Fresh. They also bring their own food to social events when possible and research restaurant menus ahead of time to find gluten-free options. It can be challenging, but taking it day by day and learning from each experience helps in the adjustment process.

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