Welcome, Gluten-Free Guest Blogger, Lucy Glaize
A former student and dorm resident of mine, Lucy Glaize, paved the way for me in the gluten-free world. Lucy even ‘diagnosed’ me before any doctors could figure out the source of my health problems. (Of course I didn’t listen to her at the time.) Now a student at the University of Vermont, Lucy has a great perspective on living gluten-free, especially in the college world.
When I was first diagnosed I remember vividly two different encounters with Lucy. In the first one Lucy informed me that I needed to make sure David brushed his teeth before he and I kissed. Yes, a high school senior was giving me, her teacher, kissing advice! Of course I’ve listened to every piece of advice Lucy’s given me, because she has quite a few years on me in the ‘celiac world.’ The other dialogue with Lucy that stands out to me also happened soon after my diagnosis. Lucy and I were at the Union Station food court in Washington, D.C. with the entire 9th grade for an orientation scavenger hunt. I was eating peanut butter I had brought with me from home and she was eating a salad, while everyone else devoured French fries and Chinese food. I was complaining a little about how hard of an adjustment it was going gluten-free, and she responded, “But life is good, Mrs. Metcalf.” So true, Lucy. Life is so good.
Lucy will be guest blogging for Gluten Freedom about her adjustments, experiences, and adventures in the celiac world. Check out her first post below:
Hello Gluten Freedom readers! I know Betsy from my days at Episcopal High School. We helped each other figure out the gluten free lifestyle at boarding school.
I was always smaller than my friends when I was a child. My parents and pediatrician kept waiting for me to hit a growth spurt and grow up, but I never did. After about a year of being tested for multiple allergies, I was finally diagnosed with a pretty severe case of Celiac Disease when I was 14 years old in March 2004. During the first two months of following a strict gluten free diet, I gained 40 pounds and grew about four inches. I looked and felt like a completely different person- I was finally healthy!
At the time of my diagnosis, no one (other than my doctors) that I knew had even heard of Celiac Disease. It seemed close to impossible to eliminate gluten from my diet completely. Luckily, my mom is a great cook, and she, my dad, and three older siblings were more than happy to transform our kitchen to be gluten-free friendly. In the past six years, gluten free options have become exponentially more available and desirable. I have learned an incredible amount about food and keep learning more each day.
After learning so much about nutrition by default, I did science fair experiments in middle school pertaining to gluten, projects and essays in high school about Celiac Disease, and declared my Dietetics major at the University of Vermont before starting my first semester in 2008.
I have learned to be gluten free at boarding school, overnight summer camp, a study abroad program in Spain, during a long-term nanny job, and at college. Stay tuned for more details about my various gluten free experiences!