Diagnosed in 2017 Irina shares her coeliac story
Diagnosed in November 2020 Annabel and her mum Helen tell us about Annabel's gluten free journey
When did you get diagnosed with coeliac disease?
November 2020 - when I was 13.
How did you feel about the diagnosis?
I was quite shocked, but I just accepted it as something I had to adapt and live with.
What was your relationship with food like before you were diagnosed with coeliac disease?
I was quite a picky eater before - but I ate a lot of toast!
Have you ever felt like you have missed out because of coeliac disease?
I feel like I can still have a good time, and food shouldn't really matter. Sometimes at parties, it's a bit awkward, but my friends are good, and they cater for me and make sure I don't feel left out.
Did you notice a difference in mood and health after sticking to your gluten-free diet?
Yeah, I definitely feel a lot better. I don't get headaches and stomach aches anymore.
What does eating "well" mean to you?
I think I definitely feel better when I eat healthy food. I love the social aspect. I like cooking for dinner parties with my friends.
What's your favourite Juvela product and what do you make with it?
I like the White Mix - my mum likes to surprise me with the smell of fresh bread when I wake up.
What advice would you give to your younger self or to a newly diagnosed coeliac about what you now know about coeliac disease and gluten-free foods?
Don't lose faith - there are some really yummy gluten free stuff out there. A lot more people have coeliac disease than you'd expect: I've found out that tons of people I know have it, and I didn't realise.