Psychology of Celiac Disease
I am doing research on the psychology of celiac disease. I see two areas of concern for adults diagnosed after suffering for a long period of time. One concern is not sticking to the diet. Personally, I am not even tempted to eat a gluten-containing food because I was so sick before going on the gluten free diet and now I am trying to have a healthy, strong body. I have found cases of people who do, though. Some actually eat gluten to keep their weight down as they are afraid to gain weight as their intestines heal and they absorb nutrition and calories.
Another concern I have is the feeling of never being full, never getting enough nutrition. We were essentially starving when our intestines were compromised. I ate all the time and yet was always hungry. It is hard to get that feeling out of your brain even though you are now recovered through a completely gluten free diet. The concern is that the celiac patient will overeat to compensate for the hunger that they have experienced.
From personal experience I feel that the celiac disease patient can go on to be as active as they want to be and certainly compete to the extent that their training and abilities allow them.
If readers have any thoughts or experiences on the subject I would love to hear them.