Let's just say shit got real.
Back home it was easy, I'd wake up and my cool-as-fuck mom would have some sort of gluten-free buffet just waiting for me to dive into. She'd pack me a sick lunch for school and then a few hours later I'd be back to the dinner table for some more of the best food I've ever had, all gluten free.
My life was awesome.
Enter freshman year.
As a fresh 18-year-old college student, I obviously already knew everything I needed to in order to make millions of dollars, write a few books and retire with a Victoria Secret angel on my arm at the ripe age of 27.
At 21, I'm still confident about accomplishing those goals. I just know it will take an extra few years.
Growing up, I had depended on my mom to make me delicious food that was gluten and dairy-free. I found out pretty quick that college wasn't going to be the same.
Fast forward to winter break of that year, and things weren't going so well for me. Catching the cold was basically the story of my life, and I ended up catching strep which became bronchitis. I had a literal fuck-ton (10 Metric Shit-Loads) of Celiac Disease symptoms including exhaustion, brain fog, and depression.
I had no idea what was going on until my mom not so gently reminded me that Celiac Disease isn't a "lifestyle choice" for a lot of people, including myself.
Oh, right. I forgot.
Whether you follow the diet strictly or not, you cannot forget what happens when you eat gluten.
Here's a brief reminder for you.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease. Every single time you ingest gluten, you are telling your body to attack healthy tissues in the GI tract. If those tissues are irritated for long enough, they may not come back. This, in turn, can cause a multitude of serious life altering symptoms including malnutrition, bone loss, neurological disorders, and fatigue.
These symptoms are not gentle reminders, they are representations of what is occurring inside your body at that very moment.
Fatigue results from gluten interacting with brain tissue directly causing issues both falling, and staying asleep. Brain fog and even depression can then develop from this lack of sleep.
My freshman year of college, I got my shit together and had to grow up fast.
You will too.
But don't worry bro beans, I got your back.