Connecting the celiac disease and food allergy/intolerance community together by sharing our stories to food freedom. From our beginning struggles to striving after a diagnosis, we can all relate and help each other out by sharing what we’ve learned and our unique personal journeys.
Round two of the Freedom Feature is already coming at you! I’m excited to have Brianna share her story with you, as it’s very unique and not your typical celiac story (but when are they typical!) I’ve only recently connected with Brianna, but she is such a sweet girl and has been though the wringer with her health! But what’s also awesome about this stellar young woman; she’s been gluten-free for 15 years! That is beyond veteran status! She knows just how much the community has changed and the struggle it was years ago! A fellow trail blazer, “before it was cool”. Take it away, Brianna!
background: who are you?
My name is Brianna and I am a 20-something biomedical engineering student at the University of Michigan graduating in fewer than 100 days! I’m very attached to my hometown, Chicago, and my two tibetan terriers currently enjoying this frigid cold! My younger sister (best friend) attends Tufts University in Medford, MA and I hope to visit her very soon.
what was life like before your diagnosis?
how did you find the right doctor and end up getting properly tested and diagnosed?
how did life change after diagnosis?
why did you start your blog? what did you hope to achieve out of doing so?
what makes your blog unique and what does it (or what you hope) add to the community?
do you have a celiac/food allergy tip to give?
Always opt for the naturally gluten free/allergen-friendly foods first. The least number of ingredients is often the safest! And, of course, as my doctor said when I was first diagnosed and has since become a life mantra, “when in doubt, leave it out.”
have any favorite gluten-free foods or brands to share?
I have a wide variety of brands that I support and love. I’m very attached to companies including Canyon Bakehouse, Glutino and Udi’s, Enjoy Life Foods, and my latest find, Whole Note Baking Mixes for their absolutely incredible crepe mix! I write a lot of brand and product reviews on my blog, so be sure to check it out for all the yummy scoop!