Hello Gluten Free Guerrillas!, i've recently started a new chapter in my life what with starting university, and i've decided to keep a blog on what life is like as a 'coeliac student'. I will try and update it at least weekly but you will have to bare with me as i get used to uni life! I will try and keep it fairly short as I tend to write on and on, and end up rambling a bit which is no fun for anyone!
I will start off by giving you some background of me as a person. I am 18 years old, Studying Civil Engineering (with a foundation year) at Bolton University in Greater Manchester. I am originally from south London and as a result i am a very big Crystal Palace fan:). I was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease as an 11 year old, and after reading various stories of some peoples horrible road to diagnosis, i consider myself very lucky to have been diagnosed at such a young age in relatively trouble free fashion!
What with this being my first time away from home, it was quite a daunting prospect for me to be to be living 200 miles from home as it is for any student... But with coeliac disease i can't help feeling it is that extra-bit tough to adjust to being away from an eating routine at home. Even at home i was quite guilty of being lazy and tending to cook the same sort of meals... meals with Jacket Potato, Gluten free spaghetti, Rice, Potatoes in pretty much any form, and my personal favourite, a fry up (with gluten free bread of course!). And as expected, this has carried on into uni life so far (I have only been here for 3 weeks). I should say i am not living in the University's Halls of Residence, i did not do well enough in my A-Levels to get into my first choice, and therefore joined Bolton late, and consequently i am living in a private student house. My housemates are all aware of my condition, (not that anyone knew what coeliac disease was!)
They are all pretty good about it, not that they have to do much about it. I have my own saucepans to cook with and i keep them in my room, i brought my own toaster along with me which is also in my room, so there is even less chance of getting 'glutened' than there was back at home!
This weekend will be my first visit home, and i have decided that when i get back i should start eating properly again! By properly i mean eating a variety of regular and healthy meals, instead of the same thing day in day out with little in the way of fruit and veg! While i am home i will take one of my gluten-free cookbooks home and will report back with how i have changed my student eating ways!
Thank you for reading my first post and feel free to leave any comments you like, whether you are near the area, know of any local gluten free restaurants to Bolton/ Manchester, or want to leave your thoughts/ questions to me.