If you’re newly diagnosed with celiac disease, read this.
Being newly diagnosed with celiac disease can be super overwhelming. You’ve lived your entire life up until this point not thinking twice about gluten and now suddenly you’re supposed to completely remove it from your life.
Seems easy but then you find out it’s in everything and you don’t even know where to start. You’re frustrated because despite your best efforts, you’re still getting exposed to gluten or you’re not feeling any better.
It’s hard. I get it and that’s why I’m writing this post. If you’re newly diagnosed with celiac disease, know that it is going to be okay. Hopefully, my tips and words of encouragement in this post are helpful.
Some words of encouragement for people newly diagnosed with celiac disease
Don’t give up!
It can be so easy to feel overwhelmed and like it’s not worth it. Remember that you aren’t going to perfect a gluten-free lifestyle overnight. Keep trying your best and learning from your mistakes and things will slowly start to become less hard. Don’t give up, your body needs you to stick with it!
It’s okay to feel overwhelmed, angry, upset, sad, anxious, and whatever else you feel. These are natural responses. Take time to explore why you feel these feelings and don’t let these feelings stop you from moving forward.
Know that it gets less hard.
It’s hard and overwhelming right now, I get it. Know that with every day you try and stay gluten-free, the less hard it gets. (I say less hard because I think it’s not fair to put celiac disease and easy in the same sentence.)
Don’t let Celiac win!
Celiac disease and switching to a gluten-free lifestyle can impact a lot of parts of your life. It can make you want to stay home instead of going out, don’t let it stop you. Start new traditions and have a plan for handling situations that are uncomfortable for you. My biggest tip? Eat before big food events and always bring delicious gluten-free snacks!
Tips for people newly diagnosed with Celiac Disease
Ditch your Toaster
Your toaster is full of gluten bread crumbs if you’ve ever toasted regular bread in it. Throw it out if you’re living in a dedicate gluten-free home, or buy a new one for just gluten-free products.
While you’re ditching your toaster, also ditch anything else that is difficult to clean or might have leftover gluten crumbs in it. Think strainers, colanders, wooden cooking utensils, scratched cutting boards, waffle makers and more. If you don’t think it can be cleaned completely, ditch it immediately (or plan to do so as soon as you can afford to).
Clean out your pantry
If you’re living in a dedicated gluten-free home, then clean out your pantry (and basically all of your food). Remove anything that isn’t gluten-free. Feel free to get friends and family to help too. This can not only be a good way to educate people and get them in your corner, but it’s good practice for everyone in helping you identify safe food.
If you don’t plan on living in a dedicated gluten-free home. Find a place in your home/kitchen to store your gluten-free food. If you are going to share a pantry, keep your gluten-free foods on the top shelf. This is just to protect your food from the potential accidental contamination of gluten food spilling on to your food.
Find gluten-free alternatives that you enjoy
Often times, switching to a gluten-free diet means giving up your favorite foods. Taking time to find gluten-free alternatives can be super helpful in helping you feel somewhat normal.
Find gluten-free snacks that you love
If you ask anyone with celiac what their biggest tip is to living gluten-free, it’s always having snacks on hand. For me, it’s having snacks that I love and won’t mind eating if I’m in a pinch, have a craving, or am watching other people eat in front of me.
Prioritize Rest and Be Patient
Living gluten-free is difficult! Be patient with yourself and give yourself grace. Even the veterans mess up! On that note, make sure you’re resting too. Adequate sleep and rest can help you heal and support a healthy lifestyle and gut.
Download my FREE Celiac Disease Workbook
I developed a workbook just for people newly diagnosed with celiac disease to help them with adapting to a gluten-free lifestyle. To download this workbook sign-up for my newsletter and it will be delivered straight to your inbox, along with a self-care routine planner. Not to mention, you’ll have signed up for my newsletter where I deliver gluten-free support straight to your inbox monthly! To sign up, fill out the form below:
Meet with a Dietitian that specializes in Celiac Disease
Dietitians can be great resources for helping you navigate through the challenges of your new gluten-free lifestyle!
Like I have mentioned so many times above in this post, living gluten-free can be overwhelming and stressful. It can be hard to stick with it and that is why finding support is so important. If you need help finding support, check out this post!
Are you struggling with anything specific? Let me know in the comments. Have any tips for people who are newly diagnosed? Drop them in the comments. Lastly, if you found this post helpful, please share it and like it!