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Day One. The Beginning of Against The Grain.

Hi everyone! Welcome to Against The Grain –  I’m Amanda!

I’m starting this blog as a creative outlet to share my experiences as someone very recently diagnosed with Celiac disease.

In August of 2017, I was admitted into the hospital with severe upper abdominal pain. After a diagnosis of acute pancreatitis and six extremely long days later, I was finally released from the hospital with plenty of unanswered questions about my health and what lay before me. The fact that the root cause of my pancreatitis was unknown motivated my doctors to perform a series of additional tests (separate from the ones done during my admittance in the hospital) that wound up being inconclusive. What they did find; however, was that my body rejected gluten – Celiac disease. To learn of this 27 years into life was extremely eye opening to me. It definitely answered a lot of questions about my health in the past – not only was I having stomach issues, but I realized that I was experiencing other symptoms of the disease my entire life. This blog is my outlet to share my story and to connect with others who may also have Celiac disease – or just to connect with those looking to eliminate gluten in their life.

I’ll share a little bit of my life, my favorite recipes, reviews of my favorite gluten-free meals at my favorite restaurants in my hometown Detroit and through my travels, and sometimes I’ll throw in a guest contributor’s thoughts on what they’re cooking up.

You can follow me on my Instagram (AgainstTheGrainDET & BaconAma) and Snapchat (BaconAma). Enjoy!