My story begins back in 1996 when I started getting immense tummy pain and bloating but not knowing why.
I had countless trips to the doctor, an operation under general anaesthetic (after being misdiagnosed with endometriosis) and was reaching the end of my tether.
It was only a chance encounter with a new (and wonderful) doctor that I got my life back again.
He suggested coeliac disease, which eventually led to me having a positive biopsy and a strict gluten-free diet.
It wasn't long before I finally felt normal again. But I had to learn everything myself. I would have loved to have had someone to help me on my journey.
And that's why I began Life on a Rice Cake.
Why 'Life on a Rice Cake'?
After my coeliac diagnosis, I honestly thought my problems were over. But just a year later I was in hideous pain again. I decided it had to be food-related and started eliminating things. Eventually I got down to eating just rice cakes.
I finally managed to see a gastroenterologist who went through everything with me.
"Are you eating gluten?" he enquired.
"None. I'm only eating rice cakes."
He paused. "What are you drinking?"
"2 or 3 bottles of Diet Coke every day." (I saw it as a treat.)
And there lay the problem: Diet Coke contains caffeine and if you drink as much as I was, it's caffeine by the truckload.
I stopped immediately.
2 weeks later I was back in a pair of jeans. (Anyone who suffers IBS will know what a triumph this is.)
Since then I've put together strategies to overcome common issues that coeliacs face (many of us also have IBS).
And it's made my world a whole lot better!
How you can benefit
Wondering how can I help you? Here's what I offer:
Support sessions for coeliacs (book online here).
Strategies to reduce coeliac overwhelm.
Advice and guidance on going gluten-free.
I'll get you to a better, easier lifestyle where you can thrive!
You can also benefit from my blog where I share my experiences, tips and recipes.
And the blog's not just about me. My children shape many of my blog posts, particularly if there's an obstacle to overcome (like how to bake gluten-free cake with toddlers).
Find out more about how I can help you here.
You can also hop over to my Instagram account to see daily photos, videos and motivators.
Lastly, click on my Facebook group 'Coeliac Haven' and join in the conversation - I'm looking forward to meeting you!