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Celiac Diaries: From Symptoms to Gluten-Free Living

From minor symptoms to a series of misdiagnoses to creating an impactful life – meet Monica B, a certified gluten-free practitioner, who generously shared her journey with Celiac Disease, shedding light on the challenges, adjustments, and victories that define the gluten-free lifestyle. From minor symptoms to a series of misdiagnoses to creating an impactful life – meet Monica B, a certified gluten-free practitioner, who generously shared her journey with Celiac Disease, shedding light on the challenges, adjustments, and victories that define the gluten-free lifestyle.

How it started

Monica’s journey began with seemingly minor symptoms—nausea and persistent heartburn. She tried all sorts of medications, but these symptoms lingered, leading her through a confusing maze of misdiagnoses. Then, in 2014, during an endoscopy, bam! She gets hit with the surprise news of having Celiac Disease, and that’s when her gluten-free adventure begins.

Embracing the Gluten-Free Lifestyle

Going gluten-free was no cakewalk for Monica. She vividly shares the changes in her baking habits, detailing the trials, errors, and eventual successes. Her journey lit a fire in her to help others in figuring out the ins and outs of gluten-free living.

Motivated by her challenges, Monica took proactive steps. She started classes on gluten-free baking at her local high school, aiming to share her knowledge and support with those just starting their journey into this whole new way of eating.

From Ailment to Advocacy: Her Transformational Journey

She loved supporting others. She dove into learning, and got certified — now she’s a health coach specializing in gluten-free living and Celiac Disease. Her transition from being a patient to a practitioner shows her resilience. Life with this disease was not about looking for ways to just get by but to actually stand up and live that awesome life.

The Complexity of Celiac Disease

Monica explained that Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition triggered by gluten consumption. She broke it down simply, explaining how the body’s reaction to gluten, particularly in the small intestine, where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells. Mismanaged Celiac Disease can lead to severe consequences, including small intestinal cancer, osteoporosis, and nutrient deficiencies due to impaired absorption. This is why it’s important to get accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Her advice goes beyond diet. She always emphasizes the importance of being cautious in using everyday products like lotions and lip balms, pointing out hidden gluten that can trigger reactions. Highlighting the importance of certified gluten-free products, her goal is to amp up awareness and give consumers the power to make informed choices

Monica's Inspiring Journey

Monica’s journey — from confusion to empowerment — offered insights into the challenges, adjustments, and victories of a gluten-free lifestyle. Her story revealed the varied nature of autoimmune disorders like Celiac Disease. Her determination continues to serve as a guiding light for those facing similar health challenges.

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