A question crossed my mind recently: ‘Why should I keep blogging about living gluten free?’ And I mean of course the hobby blogging, not blogging for business.
Surely, I am not happy that celiac disease dictates my lifestyle; so often, I am sick of it and because of it. I am not seeking attention. I don’t like this disease to define me; there is more to life than the gluten free side of it. And I am not trying to show myself as a victim of any kind.
So why are the glutenfree bloggers needed and why it is important to blog about glutenfree life? There are good reasons enough!
- To help people who are newly diagnosed and feel overwhelmed by this new lifestyle.
- To exchange information/GF news with everyone who needs to live gluten free.
- To increase awareness. Especially when it comes to Horeca.
- To document important findings and the glutenfree recipes.
- To show others how to adjust to the new lifestyle and to share handy new skills and habits.
- To connect with others.
- To feel understood. Certain things only people with food intolerance can relate to.
- To speak up about the strangest body complaints so other people (who experience it too) can recognize them and feel less confused.
- To motivate others and to show that the diet does bring effects eventually.
- To be there for others. To let others feel that they are not alone and that there are other people out there walking the same path.
- To bring comfort to others by sharing the positive feelings.
- To draw attention to the newest scientific findings (related to autoimmune conditions and gluten free diet) which are not yet applied in practice by professionals (like doctors, dietitians)
- To share useful tips and tricks that make a gluten free life easier.
- To share the real experience and not only the theory – in the end it is the body that has the last word and not a result from a scientific study, on which many ‘gluten free regulations’ is based.
- To park the ‘glutenfree thoughts’ on a blog rather than bore our environment with every little aspect of GF life that we discover ;-)
Sometimes I wonder if anyone will read a post I am working on. Then, I remember when I was newly diagnosed and I tried to read everything I could find to gain some more understanding to what is happening with my body and how will my life look like from now on.
After eating gluten free for a couple of months and still experiencing strange body reactions, I was seeking other people who felt similar. Finding out that there were other people going through similar symptoms as I did, brought me some comfort. At least, I was sure that I wasn’t overreacting or becoming insane. Some people with gluten intolerance are very sensitive and react to other foods and food ingredients as well. It is normal once you learn about it. It is stressful if you are not aware of it.
Nowadays, I am very happy with all the tips, recipes, findings shared on other ‘glutenfree blogs’. I am following Celiac’s blogs from all over the world. There is this special bond one feels with other fellow Celiacs and it brings solace.
There are never too many blogs about gluten free living. Not all of us go through the same path to recovery. The more paths shared the bigger chances that everyone will find its comfort and support.
Hopefully, someone can find something here, on this blog, what he/she is looking for.