Gluten Free Story Friday - Anaridis

We know how important it is to connect with other people living the gluten free life. Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been living GF for years, its always nice to have the support of family, friends and perfect strangers! We want to make it easier for you to share your story or perhaps just sit back and listen to others. To kick off our first Gluten Free Story Friday, let me introduce Anaridis from Massachusetts!

I’m a food LOVER! But after moving from the Dominican Republic to the United States, at the age of 12, my diet changed. I went from the land of all natural, to the land of all processed. Needless to say, during my college years, I was diagnosed with IBS. Something doctors said was uncommon given were I grew up. I catered my diet to my condition and started cooking my own meals; which helped tremendously. Fried foods, coffee and even gum are still among my trigger foods. I know, GUM right!?
Well, after a few years of sticking to this plan I realized I was lactose intolerant. I cut dairy but still felt sick – even though I ate clean.
I visited UMass Memorial Hospital’s GI Clinic last month and was diagnosed with Celiac. Although I’m not allergic to Gluten, I can’t digest it; so there’s intolerance. I then re-worked my diet again. No more bread, pasta, granola, pizza, oatmeal even bread crumbs! I will I make chicken parm! Unless of course the products are gluten free.
Disappointed at the options at the supermarket, most of which tasted like cardboard, I stumbled upon Bakery on Main. A bag of cranberry maple granola caught my eye because of the nuts. It’s hard to find granola that’s just not oats. And since finding that gluten free end cap (can you believe they didn’t even have an aisle!) -- my life has changed!!
I love all of your products. They are tasty and make me look forward to eating J Even my non-Celiac friends want to eat them!
Thank you!
Anaridis If you want to share your story with us, please e-mail with subject "GF Story"