I’m mum to a teenage boy who was diagnosed with coeliac disease when he was 8 years old. Over the years I have found a number of great sites and blogs to help both children and adults live with a gluten free life. However, as my son grows up I have become aware there are very few sites to help us on the road to becoming a gluten free grown up. So we decided to make one. Hopefully you will find something helpful, inspiring, comforting or useful. We’re learning as we go, both about blogging and gluten free independence!
My son is almost 16, about to take GCSEs, a passionate and talented dancer who plans to make a career out of that passion. Our lives are filled with revision, school and classes – contemporary, street, urban and ballet. We spend our time rushing from the house to intensive lessons and food needs to be quick, healthy and nutritious.
I am closer to 50 than I would like to admit, a stay at home mum, and spend my time doing some voluntary work, looking after my boys (dancer, dog, and husband who is frequently away from home!) cooking, cleaning, laughing and sometimes crying, about our gluten free filled chaos. I’m not one of those mums who advocates sprouting beans and eating tofu as my boys love junk food as much as the next lot but I do my best to give them great, tasty and healthy(ish) food that they seem to enjoy most of the time.
I am dreading the time that will inevitably arrive when my son leaves home and starts to fend and cater for himself but I want him to be well equipped, both mentally and practically, to live his gluten free dancing life away from home. I’m already starting to think about how he can keep safe while sharing a student kitchen and come up with ideas that will help with this. As he has grown up there have been various scenarios that we have dealt with as they’ve arisen but I’m now trying to predict some of these changes so that we are better prepared for them. I’m hoping this blog will help me do this and also help others along the way.