New Year – New Challenges

Hey Guys,

It has been a while since I have written a blog post [hides face with hands]. I suppose life has just got in the way! I brought my first home last year which needed (a lot of) work and that kept me busy for a while. I have been taking photographs constantly of potential posts but then I just don’t get round to it! Terrible I know and to add to being a busy bee I am also expecting my first child! – so please bare with me. I have a feeling I will have quite a bit to blog about soon.

Off the top of my head there are two things I would like to share with you. Firstly, I finally managed to get a gluten free wrap from Costa Coffee – score! Although this was at Christmas so they only had turkey and cranberry which is a bit of a bummer… oh and it cost about a zillion pound, but you can’t really complain when you’re out shopping and can just grab a quick snack for once. It felt like a huge triumph!

I would also like to share with you another triumph I had when out shopping. I was at Dunelm-mill just after Christmas (grabbing some bargains) with the mother when she decided she needed to grab some food from the café. I gave her the usual ‘are you serious’ look of death – which usually means I am starving and if she eats in front of me things are going to get very ugly! To my surprise when we asked at the till if there was anything gluten free, they actually knew what gluten free was! and better still could read out of a book what they were cooking today that was gluten free. Well I was a tad shocked. They had a egg cob, soups of the day and the usual jacket potatoes, biscuits and even…..cake! Actual free cake – not these little cherry bakewell’s that you can buy in your local supermarket. and by-George it was bloomin’ gorgeous. Along with the cake I also had a jacket potato which was presented beautifully – its hard to believe this was just a little café within a retail store! I would recommend you check them out if you have one near you.

So… as I am now expecting, I am faced with new challenges with Coeliac Disease. I have had to step it up a notch on the vitamins and calcium, my back pain has become so intense and I just want to eat any food in sight – which of course, I can’t do. Due to Coeliac Disease not allowing me to absorb all the nutrients I need; I will be having a few extra scans to keep an eye on baby’s growth – but I am confident that everything is good 🙂 I will keep you posted on updates with Coeliac Disease during pregnancy!

Gluten Free Wrap at Costa Coffee

In the run up to Awareness Week, Costa Coffee announced the launch of their brand new Gluten Free wrap! Wow! Finally somewhere we can actually pop into for a quick bite whilst out shopping! (not that I shop a lot..cough cough).

Chicken and Basil Wrap

The chicken and basil wrap has been accredited by Coeliac UK and is also dairy free. Some people might be thinking – so what? It’s just one wrap. But to us Coeliac’s it’s not just a wrap. This is the start of a gluten free revolution… or in other words, gluten free fast food. We, like everyone else deserve to go into a coffee shop, resturaunt or store and be able to eat something. This one wrap is something (and it looks really yummy).

Costa are also in the process of creating some gluten free treats to roll out in their stores. The classic cherry bakewell and chocolate brownies. I am looking forward to my next trip to costa and can not wait to try the wrap!

This is exactlty what we want Awareness Week to achieve – Gluten Free Guarentee.