There are a lot of blogs out there about living as a coeliac, yet most of them are American. Since I am based in the UK I want to learn the experience of British people who have to avoid gluten.
If you’re a shopper in Britain then your experience (or frustration) about what you can find will differ to what a US website tells you. (Though the truth is that coeliac shoppers, wherever they are, are pretty canny when it comes down to it; they have to be…)
But it’s not only about what you can buy, it’s about where you can eat, who is raising awareness, what to look out for, recommending good books, and knowing the difference between a pound and a ‘stick’ of butter…
So I’ve compiled a list of the up-to-date UK blogs that I’ve found, but you may know of others out there too – if you do, please feel free to suggest them.
‘Free From (Gluten)‘ is written by Lucy, a mum who’s child suffers from coeliac disease. It’s actually a whole website full of advice on how to manage your lifestyle and it doesn’t shy away from campaigning for more awareness either. Also, it’s been going since 2006 which counts for a lot in my book.
Similarly, Kirsty is in the first year of looking after her ‘Gluten Free Child’ and is keen to blog the struggles her family have faced.’ And ‘Andy’s Blog Coeliac stuff in the UK‘ has only been going a few months but it’s a definite Dad’s perspective on catering for a coeliac child.
If you live in the capital, I wonder, do you have access to a greater range of gluten free foods and shops? Lizzie writes ‘Gluten-free London‘ and is determined to let you know about the best places to eat.
‘Wheat Free Living‘ by Aoife Luykx has a wealth of reviews of different products. She’s actually based in Dublin, Ireland, but they have Tescos there too. Other Dublin based blogs include ‘Gluten (wheat), Caesin (Dairy) & Soya (Soy) Free.ie‘ and ‘Gluten Free Boy‘. It is said that it’s difficult to live as a coeliac in Ireland but these guys seem to be saying otherwise.
As Cat states, “it’s hard loving food so much when it doesn’t love you back.” However, on ‘I’m Gluten Free Baby‘, she approaches the challenge with verve and describes herself as a foodie who loves cooking, eating out and holding dinner parties. And she seems to have a following too, check out her delicious recipes. And the photos on ‘My Wicked Good GF Cooking Blog‘ will make your mouth water too. It’s full of recipes and there’s lots of good commentary and advice.
‘Gluten Free World‘ documents the travels of one intrepid blogger as he records the surprises and frustrations of travelling abroad as a ceoliac, including the discovery of being able to eat gluten free at MacDonalds.
Feng isn’t ceoliac – all the same, her body’s reaction to wheat means this passionate cook is cooking gluten free and coming up with some very tempting treats. It’s difficult to read ‘Creative Recipes for Wandering Minds‘ without printing of something to try later.
billygean.co.uk deserves a mention too. It is, as she describes, “compulsive reading” because she reveals a lot of her everyday thoughts online. The writer isn’t certain if she is coeliac but can’t be tested because she refuses to eat gluten. ‘Fussy Foodie‘ is another interesting, attractive site. It’s written by four writers and covers a range of food intolerances.
Blogs do come and go. Some of the above won’t be running in a year’s time, but it’s worth journalling about your experience if it helps you reflect and others learn. James Miller’s ‘Coeliac Diary‘ has been going since 2003 and may recently have stopped, but it looks like an invaluable source of information.
Let us know if you find any other interesting blogs out there.