Why I do this….
I have Celiac Disease. So many other people do as well. I bake. So do millions of others. I like to talk about living gluten free and Celicac Disease but so do many others. The internet is full of blogs, writers, bakers,and professional people like nutritionists, dietitians, doctors, health coaches who offer advice and help on living with this condition. I’m not here because I think I know better or am better than any of these people. I am not here because I think my story is unique. I am not here to offer any revolutionary advice. And I am definitely not here to seek sympathy or pity.
So then why am I here?
So then why am I here? Why do I share my story? It’s a two folded answer.
Firstly, I have learned that when you go through something hard, at the time it can be horrible. It can be debilitating, scary, overwhelming and painful. You can feel alone, misunderstood, rejected, ignored and so many other things. Yet, it is only afterwards, when you’ve come through on the other side, that you either can do one of two things…You either keep quiet about what it is you’ve gone through because you feel it is nobody else’s business and we all go through hard stuff in life and we figure it out. Or you feel that if you share what you have gone through, that maybe it will help somebody else and they might not have to go through what you did and if they do, maybe your story can help them is some way.
If you are reading this and you are a point where you feel overwhelmed, lost, alone, confused – maybe you’ve just been diagnosed with CD or maybe you haven’t gotten there yet, maybe you just wake up every single day feeling horrible.
I’m here because like all the others out there who share their stories and make videos, or create recipes or become health coaches – we all have one thing in common and that is to help others. That is my mission statement. I really believe we are happier when we serve others. That there really is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.
I didn’t wake up one morning and think “I’m going to become stinking rich selling gluten free cake.” What I do wouldn’t get me a ticket to Paris. I bake because I love it. I know what it is like to just want a decent piece of cake that doesn’t taste like the cardboard box a MacDonald’s burger came in. I know what it is like to go to an event or friends house and everyone is enjoying food you can’t eat. It’s not that you don’t want to eat it, you really just can’t. I know what it is like going out to eat at a restaurant and after scanning the menu, all you can eat is the salad.
I want to show that Gluten free food can be yummy and easy to make. That you can have all the things you feel like you have been denied. That just because you are have a gluten sensitivity or CD, does not mean you have to eat rice cakes for the rest of your life. Celiac Disease is enough of a punishment we didn’t ask for.
Even if you do not have this condition yourself but you are reading this, it likely you know someone who does or will meet someone at some point who does. That person could be your husband, wife, child, parent, sister. If that is you, I want you to take a moment….Imagine a table laden with all your favorite foods. Think about your favorite childhood dishes, your favorite sweets. Just imagine all your favorite things to eat. Then imagine somebody tells you can NEVER eat any of it for the rest of your life. That is where those of us with CD are. Some days it’s hard to live with.
But I am here to tell you that It does get better and it will be fine. xxx