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A little life update

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Hello again!

Firstly, we definitely need to apologise for being totally absent for such a long time! When we set up this blog, our intention was to raise awareness for celiac disease and share our journey as a young couple, together with learn more about gluten free life ourselves. There are so many amazing people on social media who recommend, advise and share their own personal journeys. I have found it humbling to see the positivity of people who have faced challenges far greater than my own. 

(Oh the first person thing- I keep confusing myself with it but Matt is not celiac himself and would be the first to admit that writing is not his forte!) He leaves the blogging up to me and I certainly utilise his skills as a techie when my laptop just isn't cooperating or I'm generally being a total technophobe! I think he wishes he was with someone a little more adept with computers but I like to think my humour keeps him with me...

Anyway, he is truly fantastic and will usually eat e…

Exploring a Roman fortress...

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A birthday weekend in Chester...

Matt's birthday was at the end of December and one of his presents was a surprise trip to Chester. I've wanted to show him my mum's home city for ages and I finally got the chance when I got a fab deal at the Chester Grosvenor Hotel. This is a beautiful, famous hotel in the centre of Chester and right next to the Boodles my Grandad used to manage. He was a horologist and totally devoted to his job! Unfortunately I never got to meet him so it's lovely to visit sentimental places like Chester, with Matt.

We arrived on Saturday afternoon and decided to have a quick walk around the city centre...mainly to grab a bottle of wine- priorities! I suggested Duttons for dinner, which is a cute restaurant down a little alleyway called Godstall Lane. The atmosphere was vibrant and the staff provided a substantial gluten free menu, which is always exciting for celiacs! Unfortunately, they were really short staffed, meaning that the service wasn't…

Finally...a big hello!

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Welcome...

Apologies- this has taken so long to get up and running! Our lives are mad...if I'm not drowning in planning, Matt's busy solving some techie problems that I can't comprehend!
We're a couple in our early twenties who love walking...and eating (who doesn't love the latter?!) This did become a challenge for me when I was diagnosed as celiac in 2016...the realisation that I could no longer have a Krispy Kreme at Exeter services on our way down to Cornwall was devastating!
I've never had any digestive issues with my condition, in fact I only found out because I was anaemic. When people with celiac disease consume gluten, an immune system response is triggered in the small intestine and this results in damage to the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine). Essentially, this part of the digestive system can no longer absorb essential nutrients, resulting in deficiencies (hence my anaemia). 
I went to the doctors because I was insanely fatigued. I…