Hello followers, friends and colleagues!
Like you, I have been experiencing a very unusual 2020. My travel plans were all cancelled, work has shifted to remote only, and health has been of utmost importance. I have been fortunate to continue to teach online courses as well as counsel clients via video chat (the newly popular practices of tele-health and tele-medicine work with nutrition as well as doctor appointments!). At the same time, I have struggled to feel well, brushing it off for months as the fatigue of all things pandemic-related. But paying closer attention to my body helped me determine that I cannot tolerate gluten.
Having to follow a gluten-free diet was never something I aspired to. Raised on spaghetti and bread, I love carbs more than anyone I know. And as a dietitian, I have warily watched the trend of going gluten-free for all the wrong reasons (weight loss, improved athletic performance, cleaner eating – none of which are scientifically supported) but have also worked with many clients suffering from gluten-related disorders, namely Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance.
My mission for 2021 is to focus on this topic while sharing my journey with you. Together we will explore the latest research, examine different gluten-related disorders, figure out steps for diagnosis, look at how to improve quality of life, and of course, manage a gluten-free diet. I can’t wait to continue this conversation with you and connect you with all kinds of other resources. Until then, get plenty of fresh air, sleep well, be mindful, maintain your physical activity, and eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
Best in health,