1. You actually have a diagnosis - Whether it's celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, be happy that you actually know what you have! Most people go years or even most of their life without getting diagnosed. Be happy you know you have to avoid gluten and can avoid it to finally feel better.
2. You connect with amazing people you may not have met before - Without celiac disease, I would have never connected with so many amazing people through my blog. I would have never met my girlfriend or some of my best friends today. It opened a whole new community for me to be apart of that I would have never seen before! All of you reading this right now would have never heard of me or even read anything from me if it weren't for being gluten-free.
3. You feel overall better and healthier - After going gluten-free I never realized how drained I actually was before. My energy has been higher, I feel like I'm able to concentrate better, and my stomach feels overall better too! Getting glutened is still something that brings all that back but it still makes me realize how much better I feel off of it.
4. You start to try new foods you may not have tried before - Before I got diagnosed, I ate terrible, unhealthy foods that was destroying my body. Most of the things I ate were processed like pop-tarts, frozen meals, and pizza. None of it was real or had much flavor. But now I get to enjoy foods I would have never tried before! I'm very happy that celiac disease allowed me to discover all sorts of real food I enjoy now.
5. You can treat your illness with food - Celiac disease is the only disease that can actually be treated with diet. You don't need medication or a procedure to correct it. You can actually treat your disease with food. This includes gluten intolerance as well! No matter what your reason is for being gluten-free, be happy that all you have to do is change your diet to feel better.
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