An introduction to Glugle Gluten-Free and me

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Hi there. My name is Tia. During the summer of 2006, I discovered I was gluten intolerant. It was one of the best days of my life. Not quite as spectacular as the day my son was born or the day I met my husband, but it was up there – if you consider how long I had been living with sharp, stabbing stomach pain, little painful blisters all over my fingers that made it hard to use my hands, insomnia that only prescription medication could help, etc. I had seen several doctors for each of these things separately, but no one could ever figure it out, let alone connect that they were all from the same source.

I was so happy when I found out that I just had to stop eating gluten, and I would be fine. But then I started to think about it. What is gluten? Where is it? And how do I avoid it? Then I started to freak out a little bit. I looked on the internet, like we all pretty much do nowadays. I found overwhelming information, contradicting information, or just a lot of speculation. I got so scared to accidentally get something with gluten that I lived on milkshakes for three months. (I was finishing up my bachelor’s degree with an overloaded schedule and only fast-food nearby.) I ended up gaining 10 pounds in three months. Not good!

I finally got a grip and realized that I needed to take control of my food and my life instead of letting food control me. I started learning the little tricks, like always have a back-up food with me, such as gluten free protein bars, so I wasn’t a slave to limited choices, etc. But then I started getting asked a lot of questions. Friends and family members thought they might have an issue with gluten or were just curious, and they wanted to know more. That was when I realized two things: I probably didn’t know all that I should, and I certainly didn’t know how to tell others about it in a quick, easy-to-understand way.

I remember how overwhelmed I was looking on the internet when I first found out I couldn’t have gluten. So I put all of these thoughts together and decided to make a website: Glügle Gluten-Free. The goal of glugleglutenfree.com is to have an all-inclusive, easy-to-understand place to go to get the information you need when you first find out you have Celiac disease/gluten intolerance and also have it be a place to go back to for the latest news, recipes, product reviews, and discussions. I’ve done a lot of research (the sources will be listed on the website), and I am now looking into getting my master’s in nutrition, as well as possibly becoming a registered dietitian. There are other websites, but there are so many people are finding out everyday that they need this information. So the more of us out there talking about it, spreading the word, and creating environments to come together and support each other, the better.

This blog is the trials and tribulations of actually getting the website up and running, as well as a way to get news and information out to those who need it.

Glügle Gluten-Free – An all-inclusive website for those living with or learning to live with Celiac disease/gluten intolerance. Life is for living. Sometimes we need to help each other out to do it the best we can.

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  1. Hi!

    I have Crohn’s Disease. Unlike you, I wasn’t relieved when I was first diagnosed, because I was hoping that whatever it was that was causing me pain could be operated on and removed. But because of the severity of my case, the doctors didn’t want to start cutting up my intestines.

    However, now I am on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (see my blog), and I’ve never felt better! For over three years, I’ve been gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, and starch-free. It really is the best way to live. :D

    • Hello!

      I’m sorry about you having Crohn’s Disease. I read a little bit about it when they thought my husband might have it. Turns out he is just sensitive to gluten, milk, and the mold that was growing in our apartment that we didn’t know about. I am very glad you found a diet that makes you feel better. I look at it as a blessing. I ate so unhealthy for so long that I needed something to force me to treat my body right.

      Thanks for reading my blog, and I look forward to reading yours.

      - Tia