Hey lovelies, I’m really excited about today’s post! Today we have Nikki, from Sparkles at Midnight, guest blogging about what it’s like to be gluten-free in the UK. For those of you who don’t know, I’m gluten-free myself, and have been diagnosed with Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity. So Nikki, and I collaborated on this, and here’s her post on what she has to go through to be gluten-free across the pond.
Hello, everyone! First of all, I would like to thank the lovely Ally for collaborating with me on this post. My name is Nikki, and I am from Scotland in the UK.
This is Coeliac Awareness Week here in the UK and I would like to share with you what being gluten-intolerant is like in the UK.
I was diagnosed as gluten-intolerant around five years ago after suffering from really bad stomach problems that I assumed was Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Once I received my diagnosis, and I eliminated gluten from my diet I couldn’t believe how much better I felt. It was honestly life changing.
I am so lucky to live in Glasgow which is the second largest city in Scotland, and I started my blog Sparkles at Midnight in the hope that it would help anyone else in a similar situation to me.
I love to blog about restaurants and new products as I have found that Glasgow is generally quite good at catering for gluten-free, but you really have to hunt around to find the best places to go and if you don’t know anyone in a similar situation it can be daunting to know where is safe.
However one of the things that I do find frustrating is the weekly food shop. Unfortunately, none of the supermarkets in Glasgow seem to stock the same ranges of products. This makes doing the shop a nightmare as it often involves travelling to 2 or 3 supermarkets to get everything.
A perfect example of this is these amazing frozen bread rolls from Schär UK. (http://nowinuk.schar.com/). You can either leave them out to defrost or pop them in the oven when frozen for around 8 minutes, and they turn out lovely and crispy and so tasty with a dollop of butter!
Unfortunately, they are only stocked in one supermarket which is a 25-minute drive away, so not easy to pick up each week. It is a similar story with many other products. It would be just lovely to be able to go to one supermarket and buy what I need instead of having to travel around to pick up items especially when the supermarkets are not all local.
It can be daunting when you are initially diagnosed with a gluten-intolerance but there are loads of really helpful websites out there, and I would really recommend you spend a few hours browsing through them and writing little tips down for yourself to read back on.
I have recently published a Gluten-Free Top Tips Blog Post on what I find helpful (http://www.sparklesatmidnight.com/2016/05/glutenfree-top-tips-for-gluten-free-diet.html), and I hope you might also find some of these tips useful!
Once again I would love to thank Ally for allowing me to guest post on her blog and I hope that you have enjoyed this post. Ally has also very kindly guest posted on my blog, and I would love for you to check out her post.
Here’s my post over on Nikki’s blog: http://www.sparklesatmidnight.com/2016/05/glutenfree-gluten-free-in-usa-blog.html
What’re Your Thoughts?
Once you read both posts, I think you’ll be surprised by the similarities and differences between being gluten-free in the United States, and in the UK. However, I hope you lovelies enjoyed!
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.