Sophie shares her coeliac story
Diagnosed at 27, Megan shares her coeliac story
'When did you get diagnosed with coeliac disease?
I got diagnosed at 27.
How did you feel about the diagnosis?
I think I was more relieved than anything else because I thought, great, there is something wrong. My body was right.
What was your relationship with food like before you were diagnosed with coeliac disease?
I was and still am definitely a foodie! My boyfriend loves to cook, so I'm always well fed!
Have you ever felt like you have missed out because of coeliac disease?
I think a lot of places don't take you serious when you say your gluten-free, and then you say you have coeliacs, and they take it a bit more serious. I've definitely not missed out though, it's something you take in your stride.
Did you notice a difference in mood and health after sticking to your gluten-free diet?
Definitely sticking to my gluten-free diet, I've seen a change in my skin it's gotten considerably better. I've noticed just how bloated I used to be as well, so my body really does feel better. I got diagnosed with anaemia because of my coeliacs so I take iron tablets as well, which has helped with my energy levels.
What does eating "well" mean to you?
To me eating well means eating what I want, what my body wants. There’re gluten-free alternatives to nearly everything! So I normally eat pretty well.
What's your favourite Juvela product and what do you make with it?
I love carbs! So Juvela Fusilli Pasta is a must for me! I've always got a box at hand, and I love making creamy tomato pasta with it.
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?
Definitely take it seriously, and make sure if you are eating out they are taking it seriously too! Remember it's not an allergen it's an autoimmune disease! There are always gluten-free options available. Sometimes, products are gluten-free that aren't in the gluten-free sections in shops I call them secretly gluten-free, so you can still enjoy yourself and your meals.
And finally, what's your top tip for staying positive?
Your body will thank you so much, I love my body and want to take care of it by sticking to my gluten-free diet. And also, there is a massive Coeliac community which means you are never alone.