I've been diagnosed for 2 years now and I never really found it too hard to adjust to the gluten free diet. I feel better and I enjoy cooking and baking more so I've just got on with it.
However, lately I have felt a bit bothered shall I say about the limitations this diet has. The other week, for example I met up with a new group of friends for lunch. I suggested getting some things from M and S and sitting in the park as it was a lovely day and I told them I was coeliac so could eat something from there. They decided that they would prefer to go to this Italian restaurant though instead, so I literally had to sit there with my over priced bottle of water starving hungry watching them stuff their faces with pizza and pasta. I felt pretty fed up after this. I take the diet very seriously and worry when eating out, so in a place like that the cross contamination risk was too high I couldn't face even trying to start asking about what they could do for me. A scan of the menu showed everything came with bread, pasta or pizza and even grilled things were likely to contain gluten so knowing I'd feel ill for a week if I chanced it is a no brainer really. I ate when I got home instead and felt a bit sorry for myself!
So my husband said we had been invited to go with his family to Brussels to the Christmas market. I've always fancied going there and was quite excited so we booked it up. It then dawned on me, I wonder what its like to eat gluten free there. A quick search on the internet made my heart drop a bit as there appeared to be limited options. We were trying to find a hotel to stay in that had gluten free breakfast options which may mean we have to stay somewhere different from the rest of the family who are more limited on cost and have children to accommodate as well. Then I can't just go home for lunch so its likely we need to research places to eat and perhaps book somewhere, which takes away any spontaneity and is somewhat limiting. I really don't want to miss out on anything because of this condition but I can't help but worry as it's me who would end up ill. I've just really felt lately like I'm different, the awkward one and I'm not enjoying that feeling very much!