Since being diagnosed with Coeliac Disease and going through all of the questions that we tend to ask ourselves, if no other members of our families have been diagnosed with the same condition, such as:
* What has caused me to develop this?
* I thought my diet was reasonably healthy so why has my body developed autoimmune disease?
* Will I ever feel any better than this?
* I wonder if the odd currant bun will cause me problems - they don't appear to - so perhaps I can go on eating them as long as I only have them occasionally?
And so on and so forth ....
Then added to this the yearning of ordinary food and not having to worry about every tiny thing that goes into the mouth. And, in a sense, grieving for life that was, food that was - carefree - munching of cream cakes and chocolate bars!
The one thing that has changed for me, is the amount and the volumes of articles that I have read (and am still reading) firstly, to fully understand my condition and secondly, to try and improve it to the point when apart from my intake of anything other than gluten, I can feel whole, repaired, normal and healthy.
With this in mind - I go out of my way to make sure that I never eat any form of gluten - for I never want to feel as ill as I did at Christmas. Then I ate one small slice of 'gluten free' Christmas cake - it looked magnificent standing in snow white icing - decorated better than my Christmas tree ..... but oh - it made me so very ill - and since then - I am most particular about all of my food - every molecule of it - and knowingly, I will never eat gluten ever again!!!!!
There has been much research done of late regarding how a shortage of Vitamin D can be a trigger for the onset of autoimmune disease. Perhaps that is why I developed Coeliac Disease ... all those careful campaigns warning people to cover up - stay out of the sun - when if we holiday in Britain - how much sun do we really experience? Especially if we do not sunbathe - just like to walk, explore, garden. etc?
I read with interest Alice Roberts article in the Guardian Newspaper, which I thought was very informative as it explains how sunlight is used to convert Vitamin D in the body. For those who missed the article and would be interested here is the link:
A further article by Aberdeen University may also prove interesting: