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.
I'm excited to bring you the FIRST ever Freedom Feature today! From the response I've already gotten about this series, I know it is going to be a long-lasting favorite, so beneficial, and really, just a fun way to introduce you to some extraordinary people! The celiac and food allergy community never ceases to amaze me. The individuals I've met and have had the honor to interact with is always so uplifting and inspiring. YOU are not alone in your journey. Your body may be fighting you right now, maybe you're struggling with the reality that certain foods can never be in your life again, but once you see that you can live a healthy happy life again, 100% healthy and safe, you will find your freedom! These stories I'll be sharing will show you how it's done. Each unique and each with their own struggles and triumphs, but they've come out the other side, continuing to thrive and survive in their food allergy freedom!
So today, I'm so glad to be introducing you to a longtime celiac blogger friend of mine, Casey Cromwell of Casey the College Celiac! If you're a young celiac like Casey or me, I know you will find Casey's story and spirit truly inspiring!
Background: Who are you?
My name is Casey Cromwell and I am a college senior at Point Loma Nazarene University, a Writing major and Women's Studies minor and the blogger of the Casey the College Celiac. I'm also a Marine brat who's moved eight times, and a newborn foodie addicted to homemade smoothie bowls and granola.
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?
Don't be afraid to say no to foods or situations that could be cross contaminated or unsafe. I remember, especially in the very beginning, feeling so awkward looking up every ingredient in a restaurant's dish or being offered a claimed "gluten-free" baked good that I would contemplate giving in. In fact, one of the biggest learning curves in dating my boyfriend was learning to say "no" when he wanted, usually out of forgetfulness, to kiss me after eating gluten.
It isn't always easy to put your health before everything else - including your social life. But, it does get easier. Now, I don't hesitate to decline questionable food and my boyfriend has perfected the art of "de-glutening." Stick to your (dietary) guns - your body will thank you for it later!
Have any favorite gluten-free foods or brands to share?
Some of the foods I can't live without? Certified gluten free (and cross contamination free) nuts, seeds and granola goodies from Nuts.com; So Delicious Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Yogurt; Maranatha sunbutter and MammaChia chia seeds!