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When I was initially diagnosed with Celiac I had thought it was the worst thing someone could possibly be diagnosed with. About six or seven years earlier I was diagnosed with ADHD. I had gotten through that so I certainly could go through being diagnosed with Celiac. Though when food is everywhere it is definitely a challenge. I had deicded that it would be the best idea for me to bring my own meals to all my parties. At times I would feel oh woe is me I can’t eat any of the food at the party itself. I would make food that had lots of color and interesting vegetables in it just to make it fun for myself. Most of the time I would have people asking, “what is that?” I would list ll the different vegetables that I had in the mix and they would say wow that sounds great!
Some of the most frustrating times though I have had with food is traveling. I have traveled to Japan and around the US with family and friends. I went to band camps all around Colorado and figured out how to travel with food the best. I lived in a college dorm for a band camp that lasted a week. It was at first a tad bit nerve wracking because I didn’t know exactly what to expect. I had a refrigerator with all of my food in my dorm along with a microwave. My mom and I cooked my meal before I left so that I could have little portion sizes for every meal. It worked out great. The only problem was my roommate showing off my food to all the others on the floor. The next day I had lots of people asking boy that food looks really good, could I have some? I would say I agree it does look good and no I am sorry you may not have any due to the fact that it is only going to last one week for me. They understood but still were curious about all of my meals that I had.
I went to another band camp up at University of Denver. It was a very prestigious camp that was extremely competitive. I had a blast though. Yet again I was worried about food and how I was going to get some. This was the first time ever where the chefs had said that they could make my food. All my mom and I had to do was put together a list of the foods and brands that I wanted and they would cook it up. I did not get sick once during that entire trip. There was one evening where the chef was making me rice noodles along with a few other vegetables and ground turkey. It looked absolutely delicious. There was a girl, who was also attending this camp, and asked if they were rice noodles. I was standing there and I said yes they are. She said well I am gluten free also and I would like to have some of those. The chef said I am sorry but these are just for Michaela for this week at camp. I don’t know what this girl did the entire week at camp for food. They were constantly having pizza and spaghetti that was definitely unsafe for anyone with Celiac. I was so happy though that this chef did such a wonderful job with all of my food. If there is one school that the silly celiac girl can bow down to it is University of Denver.
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