Yiasas everyone and welcome to my blog! I’m Christiana, a UK blogger born to a Greek father and a mother with roots as mixed as a tequila sunrise!
I started feeling really unwell after I graduated from University in 2010. I was always really tired, suffered regular dizzy spells and lost over half a stone in weight. I went back and forth to the doctors who conducted various checks such as thyroid problems and anaemia. After a very long period of time, it was then suggested that I get tested for coeliac disease. I endured the dreaded endoscopy tube (a GREEK word you know!) down my throat and was diagnosed with coeliac disease in September 2012.
I started on a strict gluten-free diet and very slowly, I began to feel better and was finally able to gain weight. When I was first diagnosed, the gluten free options were very limited and I hated going to the teeny tiny gluten free section. In my local area, there weren’t that many restaurants that provided gluten free options, so I always had to choose the safest foods that were least likely to make me ill or be contaminated with other foods. Coeliac disease was very unknown and a lot of people didn’t seem to understand just how badly it can affect people.
Luckily, a few years on, the whole world has jumped on the gluten-free band wagon! There is so much more on offer now. One of my favourite places to eat (TGI Fridays) now has a gluten free menu and a separate cooking facility. They follow a very strict policy when ordering and preparing food which is how it should be done!
I created my blog to help people embrace the gluten free lifestyle. I started making my own cakes and bread, all with trial and error until I got the right consistency. Even now, sometimes I still don’t get it right, but I am enjoying experimenting with different ingredients. I am always on the hunt for new products and places of interest and enjoy adapting Greek recipes.
So whether you are a coeliac starting your new gluten-free life or simply want to cut down on the amount of gluten in your diet, I hope that my blog will help you.