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Hi, I’m Sarah – one of three Berghoff McClure children and the co-author of Cooking for Your Gluten-Free Teen. I attend high school, have pet lovebirds and a dog named Badger, am the coxswain for a rowing team, and love to cook. I liked all the normal teen-age foods, including fries, burgers, cookies, cakes, pizza, donuts and more. In 2009, I became critically ill, and was diagnosed with celiac. Because of a gluten-free diet I have regained my health and tell everyone that my way of eating is going to add years to her life.

Since being diagnosed I have had many challanges and triumps with being gluten-free. After I started the diet, I really stuck to it. People ask me am I ever tempted to eat something with gluten. No! It’s not worth getting sick again. It took me about a year to completely detox from gluten, but I felt much better the minute I stopped eating it. I gained back the weight I lost, and when I look into the mirror, I see my familiar face.

At first, after the diagnosis, I worried a lot about my health. I freaked out every time I got a stomachache and I drove my mom crazy. But it’s gotten so much better. And once I really knew what was wrong, I could talk to people about it: my mom, the doctor, you. And I’m really lucky after all because it’s only celiac, not something worse.

I got to be an author of a cookbook because of it, share my story with people like you, and best of all, the way I eat now compared with the way I used to eat and how most of my friends eat, I’ll be healthier than anyone I know!

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Hi, I’m Sarah – one of three Berghoff McClure children and the co-author of Cooking for Your Gluten-Free Teen. I attend high school, have pet lovebirds and a dog named Badger, am the coxswain for a rowing team, and love to cook. I liked all the normal teen-age foods, including fries, burgers, cookies, cakes, pizza, donuts and more. In 2009, I became critically ill, and was diagnosed with celiac. Because of a gluten-free diet I have regained my health and tell everyone that my way of eating is going to add years to her life.

If I had to say what it was like before I found out I had celiac disease, I would have to say I was sick all the time. I kept losing weight until I went down to 70 pounds, had headaches all the time, and sometime a fever. I was on the verge of throwing up 24/7, had constant diarrhea, heartburn, and acid reflux every day. I remember thinking “What is wrong with me? This is getting annoying.”

I was in 7th grade, and I took it seriously. My life consisted of food, homework, school, and track. I didn’t have time to be sick. I would hang out with friends, but I never did sleepovers at their houses. I was afraid I was going to get sick. After many months of suffering, we finally went to see our doctor and had tons of blood work done and was even lucky enough to get a tube stuck down my throat. Oh, what a joy.

Turns out, I was lucky – I wasn’t dying like I thought I was. The tests came back positive for celaic disease. By the time my 13th birthday came, I was already on a gluten-free diet and I already knew what I could and couldn’t eat. And it wasn’t easy. I had a couple of fits here and there – mostly in Restaurants when I wanted a bagel, sandwich, or other gluten-filled delight, or when waiters didn’t know what’s in their food.

After awhile, I started learning how to deal with the problems of being gluten-free. After I started the diet, I really stuck to it. People ask me am I ever tempted to eat something with gluten. No! It’s not worth getting sick again. It took me about a year to completely detox from gluten, but I felt much better the minute I stopped eating it. I gained back the weight I lost, and when I look into the mirror, I see my familiar face.

At first, after the diagnosis, I worried a lot about my health. I freaked out every time I got a stomachache and I drove my mom crazy. But it’s gotten so much better. And once I really knew what was wrong, I could talk to people about it: my mom, the doctor, you. And I’m really lucky after all because it’s only celiac, not something worse. I got to be an author of a cookbook because of it, share my story with people like you, and best of all, the way I eat now compared with the way I used to eat and how most of my friends eat, I’ll be healthier than anyone I know!

– See more at: http://gffamilyfood.com/our-story/#sthash.fao9NcA3.dpuf

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