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Let us introduce ourselves, we are Helen and Mark and both of us are Gluten Intolerant. This is a little about us and why we started The Gluten Free Shop.
In 2011 I (Mark) was diagnosed with Coeliac disease…I hate that term ‘disease’, doesn’t it sound like plague or something. I think of it more as a Gluten Intolerant or having a Wheat intolerance, a much more friendly way of thinking about my condition, and so much easier to explain to people.
“Er…hello, I’m Mark and I have a Disease..OMG” conjures up what? Opposed to “Er…hello, I’m Mark and I have an intolerance to Gluten so i need to watch what I eat…”
Anyway, I suffered quite a lot with indigestion, I was getting through a big bottle of Gaviscon a week, so I went to my GP. Fortunately I have a good GP who referred me for an Endoscopy (that’s where they stick the camera down your throat) and there they cut out little bit of my stomach to run tests on, these tests resulted in the diagnosis that I was Coeliac, and the dietary advice was that I should give up eating and drinking anything with Gluten in it, bread, cake, pasta, breakfast cereal, Beer, and a ton of other stuff that I enjoyed, so, not having any symptoms I decided to follow my own best advice and carry on eating what I felt like regardless, swearing that at the first sign of a symptom, I would change my eating habits.
That took me to the early part of 2013.
For several years I had been having trouble with night pains, all my joints ached when I went to bed and I was continually restless, the only thing that helped was Ibuprofen, and of course…you don’t need a prescription for those, I was taking 2 x 400mg tablets a day, before I went to bed, just to gt me through the night, when someone mention how bad prolonged use of Ibuprofen was.
I was born in the late ’50s making me closer to 60 than 50, I thought these aches and pains were an age thing. When I bought this up with my Doctor it was thought to be Restless Leg Syndrome, no cure, but stretching before I went to bed and more exercise was the recommended cure all. It helped but not a great deal, so on with the Ibuprofen. It was then I discovered the mix of Codeine and Ibuprofen, I had tried paracetamol, but that had no effect, but this new mix…CODEINE, yeah that was good stuff
Now, I don’t know if you know this, but once diagnosed as a Coeliac, you get endoscopied every 2 years. I had the proverbial blood test, and back to Crawley hospital for the Camera down the throat thing, and this time, the Doctor doing the procedure explained what he was looking at, whilst the camera was nearly poking out the other end, what he was saying was that there were a series of line that ran across my stomach wall and at that moment he told me I hadn’t been keeping to any Gluten Free regime at all, and, I had to start taking my condition seriously, OK…refer to paragraph 3, I would change my eating habits blah blah blah.
Coincidentally, when I got home I had a letter from my doctor saying the results of my blood test were back and would I like to come in to discuss them.
Turns out I was Anemic, meaning I didn’t have enough healthy red blood cells, so Anemic and Coeliac 🙁 and to top it all my Iron levels were through the floor. All I wanted was a prescription of Codeine so I could sleep through the night.
I did get some though, 2 month worth, along with Iron Tablets for the same amount of time. Also I got to talk to a dietician who took me through what I could and shouldn’t eat, and actually it didn’t sound too bad, well, at least I wouldn’t starve, I might die of cardboard poisoning after trying many of the Gluten Free Breads and Cornflakes, but I wouldn’t starve.
My trip to my local Waitrose, Sainsburys and Tesco’s showed me that there was a limited range of products on offer (it is getting better…but still), and all about 5 times the price of the none Gluten Free version..but don’t get me started on that…
There were quite a lot of products available online, but spread all over the place, I couldn’t order a bunch of stuff and have it delivered at one go, also I wanted to have my regular enjoyments regularly. Example, if I had one bag of Gluten Free Porridge per week, I would need 4 per month, every month, and the way some of the GF Ciabattas and other specialty breads are packed they have use by dates as well so I could order enough to last a month, and for my loyalty, if I set this up to be delivered every month could I get a discount?
So you see…that last paragraph explains why we set up GF Shop, so you can get all of your favourite things, delivered once a month or more often, and with a discount when you did so.
Along with some latest news in the Coeliac world such as alerts when some product throws up a warning and some recipes for you to try out.
This was my latest baking effort this Christmas, Gluten free Panetonne, soaked in Rum, layered with a mix of fresh Double Cream, Mascarpone and Sugar then topped with Crushed Pistachios, Chocolate drops and Pomegranate seeds.
Don’t let anybody tell you a Gluten Free Diet is slimming 🙂
If anyone asks I’ll lay out the recipe for that one as well.
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