Lucy's Story

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Lucy's Story

Lucy was diagnosed with coeliac disease in November 2021...

How did you feel about the diagnosis?

I felt anxious and overwhelmed and immediately burst into tears as I didn't know what this meant for me.

What was your relationship with food like before you were diagnosed with coeliac disease?

I was always cooking and baking with my family. I loved going out for food and trying new things.

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

I decided to use my knowledge of cooking and baking to convert all of my recipes to gluten free. As a result of this, I don't miss out at all at home and, in fact, prefer some of the recipes I have developed. However, when eating out, I often feel I miss out on choice.

Did you notice a difference in mood and health after sticking to your gluten-free diet?

Yes, I noticed a big difference in my concentration and tiredness.

What does eating "well" mean to you?

Enjoying a wide and varied range of foods without feeling like I'm missing out

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

I love the Juvela Part-Baked Rolls and adding some fresh bruschetta filling on top.

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?

Everything can be made gluten free, and some of it tastes better as well.

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

Focus on what you can eat, not what you can't. I like to post photos of my foods to my Instagram page @after_gluten to hopefully inspire others and find new recipes.

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