Melina M. FischerCondition: Celiac DiseaseDiagnosed Year: 22Foods I Love:Chicken Cassava Root Malanga Brussel Sprouts Sweet potatoes Avocados Figs QuinoaFoods I Avoid:Pizza Hamburgers Chicken fingers Sandwiches French fries Tacos Pasta Chicken bouillon Soy sauceMy Recipes & ArticlesProtein Packed Mango Chia Seed Pudding on June 3, 2017Chicken Ramen with Rice Noodles on November 11, 2015Zucchini Crust Pizza (gluten-free, paleo) on July 19, 2015Powerhouse Smoothie Bowl Topped with Figs, Chia, and Goji Berries on July 15, 2015Raw Power Protein Balls (Vegan, Gluten-Free) on July 13, 20154 Ingredient Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding on July 9, 2015My StoryAt 22 years old, having to change my whole life because of my new diagnosis was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. It never gets easier, but staying positive and taking care of myself has helped me get by. Being able to adjust was hard, I had to change my eating habits completely, so I decided to change my fitness habits as well. I started going to the gym everyday and eating healthy. It was really hard for me at first and I kept eating as if I did not have my condition, but the more gluten I ate the worse I felt. I learned the hard way but now I take good care of myself and avoid wheat-containing foods at all costs. In the long-run, my condition has made me a healthier and more motivated person.I’ve loved cooking ever since I was little, my mother is a chef and also has Celiac Disease so I have learned a lot from her. I’ve learned and grown from my condition and you can only take something negative and turn it into something positive. In my new lifestyle journey I am exploring my cooking skills and finding recipes and giving them my own little twist. I want to be an inspiration to people to stay positive throughout their condition, and show them you can enjoy food and eating just the same as anyone else by sharing my recipes and food ventures on my Instagram The Gluten Free Mermaid.