A Year of Living Gluten Free

It’s been a little over a year (13 months to be exact) since Nikki faced the additional diagnosis of Celiac Disease. Man, what a difference this year has made. Accepting that she now has another life-long situation to deal with, learning all she (we) can about Celiac and then being totally Gluten Free for a year has completely changed the way Nikki feels on a daily basis. In fact, I find it rather hard to keep up with her. Her blood sugar levels are consistently in the 100’s - whooo hooo!

Her entrance into high school has been a complete success and Nikki is thriving both socially, emotionally and physically. Her energy level is, in my opinion, off the charts and it’s a pleasure to watch. In addition to her normal activities centered around dance classes (ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop), she has picked up Scottish Highland Dance - which she is totally in love with. She is also a student dance teacher this year and loves working with the young dancers (do I see a future in some of kind teacher role for her?). Finally, Nikki is taking French and is involved in the Art Club at school. Oh, and she’s still on the honor roll.

I believe, as I always have, that Nikki is a true hero. She is a living testament to what you can achieve when you make a conscious NOT to be defined by circumstances out of your control; but by how you chose to deal with those circumstances.

Hi Sheri. Thanks for this blog; yes, Nikki is "a true hero". What a wonderful life she is living. After 20 years of Celiac Disease, it's easy for me to forget that there are so many rewards in following the gluten-free diet, such as actually feeling well!

I was appalled to find that there is too much arsenic in all rice. I had been eating a little brown rice with some meals, buying bread and bars with rice in them, had stopped baking. Now I'm in the process of altering my old recipes and downloading new ones from the internet, preparing to bake again. Sorghum and buckwheat are good substitutes for rice in some recipes. In the end I'm sure it will be worth the effort -- gluten and rice free!

Again, congratulations to both you and Nikki for your great last 13 months.

Great story! I've been doing a lot of research over the past several years, and it turns out that celiac disease, along with many other chronic illnesses, can be mitigated or eliminated through simple diet and exercise modifications. An excellent book describing how this works is Dianne Sanfilippo's book: "Practical Paleo".

Thanks so much and I appreciate the extra insight and information!