A Breath of Fresh Air…

Everyone has a struggle. Whether that struggle is Coeliac Disease, or something else in your life, sometimes you just have to laugh at yourself.
Life isn’t always fair. You just have to make the best of what you have. With Coeliac Disease, one of the positives is often humorous situations. For me, my struggle has been my Diabetes. I found the humorous side of Diabetes really helped me get through some of those down days!
One Christmas, I actually printed one of these pictures on a magnet for a friend who lives with Coeliac. It put a smile on her face, so here’s a little humour about Coeliac Disease to remind you that life is silly.

Please note, I did not create any of these images. They are just a selection of images I have found online.

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Eating Patterns in Coeliac Disease

The need for daily, dietary management may put individuals with Coeliac Disease at risk for disordered eating practices. Our current research is looking into the relationship between disordered eating and Coeliac Disease.

After conducting a series of questionnaires in individuals with Coeliac Disease, we found that disordered eating was greater in this group compared to people without Coeliac Disease. Our results suggested that there are three types of people with Coeliac Disease: the majority of people manage to cope with their gluten-free diet well and display typical eating practices, a smaller group of people are very distressed about their Coeliac Disease and cope with this by indulging in gluten-free foods, the last group find it difficult to manage their gluten free diet, experience a lot of gastrointestinal symptoms and display a restrictive eating pattern.

We recognise that the majority of individuals with Coeliac Disease will not develop disordered eating patterns. However, it is important to understand the nature of disordered eating practices within this group, how they may relate to dietary self-care and how they may be detected in clinical practice.

If you would like to take part in our research or find out more, please contact gastrointestinal.psychresearch@gmail.com

The Gluten-Free Museum

For those of you with Coeliac, gluten-free is a way of life. But what would the world look like without gluten? The Gluten Free Museum removed the gluten from famous works of art including Caravaggio, Van Gogh and even Disney. I felt that the removal of gluten from these images, really highlights some of the psychological impact that Coeliac can have.

Here, the missing gluten breaks that union between the dogs from Lady and the Tramp. This highlights the uniting role of food in our culture and the struggles this can create when our diet is different to the norm.

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In Archimboldo’s Symmer, the missing gluten could be suggestive of the changes one physically gies through when following the gluten free diet.

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These images feel as if they’re missing something pivotal; they look bare. We look at what is hidden in the images, which really highlights the missing gluten. I feel that this nicely demonstrates the role of gluten in our society and the challenges of following a gluten-free diet.