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Sophie's Story

Sophie shares her coeliac story

When did you get diagnosed with coeliac disease?

March 2018.

How did you feel about the diagnosis?

I was very overwhelmed and stressed about the whole diagnosis.

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

It was good. I had a really good diet. However, I now find a lot of gluten-free pre-packaged products are high in fats and sugars. So I usually try to opt for fruit or popcorn over cakes and biscuits.

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

Yes, meals out. We always have to cater for me when going out for dinner, if I can't be catered for, sometimes I have to miss family meals out or takeaways.

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

Fatigue has improved massively, I also don't suffer from acne, hair loss or brittle nails.

What does eating "well" mean to you?

Eating a balanced diet and ensuring you get a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. And limiting processed foods too.

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

I absolutely love the Part Baked Rolls. They go so well with many sandwich fillings! My favourite is a coronation chicken roll. Or a tomato soup and a crusty buttered roll.

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 stress. It's no big deal. Educate yourself as much as possible and understand food labels and naturally gluten-free foods. There's a great community on Instagram which has helped me so much.

I'd recommend signing up to Coeliac UK and catching up with your dietitian once a year.

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

Exercise, follow a healthy lifestyle and self-care!

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