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Gez's Story

I hated it growing up. I was always 'the odd one out'. I now spend time raising awareness.

When did you get diagnosed with coeliac disease?

I got diagnosed with coeliac disease when I was around nine months old. I was extremely ill as a baby, and the doctors had no idea what was wrong with me. This was back in 1989, so coeliac disease was almost unheard of.

How did you feel about the diagnosis?

I was too young to know anything about it when I was diagnosed, but I imagine it was very scary for my parents. I hated it growing up. I was always 'the odd one out' at birthday parties with the food. I used to take my own packed lunch as I couldn't eat anything from the traditional tea party table. I had a few rebellious years during my teens and early twenties, but nothing major. But I wasn't as careful as I should have been. Which is why I now spend time raising awareness.

Have you ever felt like you have missed out because of coeliac disease?

Yes, more so when I was a child and didn't understand. Also, during my teens, when gluten free options were few. During my college years, I used to go to Pizza Hut with my friends and sat with them while they ate, as I couldn't eat anything there.

What does eating "well" mean to you?

Eating as many whole foods as possible. These give us the nutrients we need to function properly and are naturally gluten free.

What's your favourite Juvela product and what do you make with it?

The Fusilli, I'm a big fan of pasta as it's versatile. You can make so many different pasta dishes, with so many veggies and sauces.

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?

Take Coeliac disease seriously, don't try and cheat it. Your health is very important. Your body will literally attack itself if you try to cheat on the gluten free diet. Don't stop eating out, just do your research on where to eat and learn what questions to ask and what risks to identify.

And finally, what's your top tip for staying positive?

We can control our disease through the foods we eat mainly. Coeliac awareness and gluten free eating is growing year on year. There's huge availability now, and that's only to grow.

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