Back in 2012 I was going about my regular routine and all of a sudden started to feel sick. Not once a week or even once a month but almost everyday. Sometimes I’d ignore it and hoped it would go away or I’d take something, thinking it would make me feel better. But for anyone who’s had stomach issues including nausea and bloating, nothing makes that go away. I wouldn’t even want to leave my house or go out anymore because I was afraid of what would happen if I was away from home and got sick. Plus, no one wants to be around someone who keeps saying they don’t feel good. So here I am, hating my body, complaining all the time and hiding from my problems. So, the confident and happy lifestyle I had built for myself was slipping away.

Finally in August 2013, I went to see a gastroenterologist – a turning point in my life. “You owe it to yourself to be happy Delia,” I’d tell myself, but I didn’t believe it until an outsider looking in finally told me I deserved better. As most of you know, in Fall 2013, I was diagnosed with celiac disease. At first, I was embarrassed to share this because people either look at you like a freak or a burden, but now, I could care less, because all that matters is how I feel. I’m so focused on feeling good and living a happy life.

I’m a relatively healthy individual so if this is one challenge my body and mind have to face, then I’m going to make sure I do everything I need to do to stay healthy and feel good. Since going gluten free, I have had so many people reach out to me saying that they too are experiencing stomach issues. They want to know what I was eating when I didn’t feel good and what they can do to start feeling more like themselves. You owe it to yourself to feel good each, and every day!

Please enjoy my collection of gluten free tips and tricks below. Feel free to share your own for living a gluten free life.