My name is Melina Young. I am a 20-something over achiever who has always loved learning, singing, laughing and eating. In July 2010, one of these loves has been impacted forever. That is because in July 2010 I was diagnosed with celiac disease.
This diagnosis has been a long time coming, and I am happy to finally know why I have been feeling so…off…all the time. This diagnosis has led to tons of research and discussions about the disease and the transition to a gluten-free (GF) lifestyle. For those of you who don’t know, celiac disease is an intolerance of gluten products. Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye products as well as some other sneaky foods, cosmetics and medications. For those of us with celiac disease, life is about diligence to a strict GF diet, but it isn’t that bad!
Most people think GF is terrible, but I (like so many others before me) have discovered that there are some great options out there. Some, sadly, are not so great. My blog will chronicle the foods I try that are good and bad (so you can learn from my mistakes) as well as details about celiac disease and the community.
I am planning to get a certificate in nutrition to help those who are lost in the sea of GF. It can be scary at first, but you are not alone. Many insurance companies do not cover medical and preventative nutrition (which I found out the hard way) and an appointment can be anywhere from $100-$300 for the hour with someone who doesn’t have your disease or have to live GF. If you are interested in an appointment or have a question, please email MyCeliacLife@gmail.com.
I look forward to taking this journey with you.