Hello! My name is Jenna and I am a coffee addict.
And I have celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease which affects approximately 1 in 133 people. People with celiac disease cannot eat gluten, the protein found in wheat, barley and rye.
I was diagnosed in March of 2015 and have been on a rollercoaster ever since. It has been a struggle giving up a food group I have enjoyed my entire life. I am working on accepting the diagnosis and being happy I am no longer sick on a daily basis.
The 8-9 pound weight gain is hard to accept, especially after working hard to get to a point I was happy with my body. I am going to get back to working on my diet and exercise. I am not going to binge on chocolate and ice cream because I can’t eat gluten. I lost the weight before, I can do it again. I may fall down. I may stumble, but I will get back up.
I am finally free of the gluten-fueled fog and depression. I feel like myself again. I want to love my body and all it is capable of. Like mastering the push-up or running 26.2 miles.
I want to be an advocate for celiac disease and those of us forced to go gluten free as the only treatment to our disease. I want to help educate the public, restaurants, wait staff and chefs. I want them to understand this isn’t a choice. It isn’t fun to have to put thought into where you can safely eat out, that I am not doing this to be cool or lose weight. I am doing this because I am tired of being sick.
I want to make a difference in my life and the life of others. I want this blog to be informative yet fun. I want to focus on fashion, fitness, food and fun to encourage myself and others to feel good about themselves and their choices. I want everyone to look inside and find self-esteem, to build themselves up through things they like. I want people to love and accept themselves. I want to empower people to do what makes them happy.
I am working on my path to happiness, despite my struggles with accepting a life without gluten. I will find my path through happiness. I may get lost along the way. I may have to go backwards at times, but I want to seek out happiness and I hope you do as well.
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