When I first had the idea to highlight various gluten free guys, men like James were the first ones I had in mind. He is newly gluten free, and hopefully by getting his story out there, he can connect and make the transition to this amazing gluten free world just a little bit easier.
Take a few moments to check out his story below. If you’ve been dodging the G for sometime, send him a note and connect! Even if you have only been doing this for a short time like me, still send him a note!
1) Your story…tell us a little bit about yourself!
“I’m 27, from the UK, live in Essex just outside of London. My mum was diagnosed with coeliac disease around a year ago and then I was around 4 months ago. I wasn’t feeling too great and lost a lot of weight so went to the doctors and then had a blood test to see if it could be coeliac disease and from there I’ve been avoiding gluten. I wasn’t referred for a gastroscopy as some others have been.”
2) Why do you eat gluten free food?
“On doctors advice. When the doctor told me I can’t eat wheat/gluten anymore I said what’s the worst that can happen and she said bowel cancer so I took it serious from then.”
3) What is your favorite gluten free snack? Where can we find it?
“Nature valley chocolate and peanut protein bar. Can be found in most supermarkets.”
4) What’s your favorite gluten free recipe?
My wife’s paella (I’ll have to ask for the recipe)
5) What’s one thing you wish you knew when first went gluten free?
“Just how much stuff has gluten in. E.g some sweets that you would expect to contain it such as strawberry laces.”
6) If you could only eat one gluten free meal for the rest of your life,what would it be and why?
“Gluten free pizza from Mama eat restaurant in Rome. You can’t tell that it’s gluten free that’s how good the dough is!”
7) What advice would you give someone who is about to go gluten free?
“Follow a lot of gluten free people on Instagram it’s a great way to find out about new products and recipes. Also register with Coeliac UK they have a wealth of knowledge.”
8) What’s your favorite thing about being gluten free?
“That the manager usually has to take your order at a restaurant so you know they’re taking you seriously”
9) What is one thing you dislike about being gluten free and what do youdo to mitigate it?
“I miss being able to drink pints of beer in a pub. I mitigate it by either drinking cider or just going straight to gin and tonic.”
10) How can other people find you?
@glutenfreejamesc on Instagram
James, thank you so much for putting your story out there and connecting with other gluten free guys! I too have a deep love for gluten free pizza, happy to see I’m not alone! I am looking forward to following your gluten free journey on Instagram!