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031: Becca Lustgarten on Living with Celiac Disease

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031: Becca Lustgarten on Living with Celiac Disease

Becca Lustgarten is a vocalist, writer, and classically-trained actress. A few years ago, after suffering severe digestive distress, she was diagnosed with Celiac disease. Celiac is more than an allergy…
July 17, 2019

031: Becca Lustgarten on Living with Celiac Disease

Becca Lustgarten is a vocalist, writer, and classically-trained actress. A few years ago, after suffering severe digestive distress, she was diagnosed with Celiac disease. Celiac is more than an allergy – it is a degenerative disease that causes major digestive destruction if left untreated. The only treatment? To go gluten-free. Becca joins us to share her story of discovery, and how she’s worked to heal her gut since her diagnosis. 

Listen in as Becca shares… 

– that she was always a sickly child, and had physical manifestations of her emotional reactions to stimulus 

– that she discovered symptoms when she was working at a bakery in NYC, of all places 

– that while beer contains gluten, spirits don’t – even vodka and gin 

– that every Celiac patient has a radically different experience of symptoms – and often, as in Becca’s case, it would feel like a hangover 

– that Celiac patients are notoriously at risk for malabsorption because of the states of their stomachs 

– the availability of gluten-free foods 

– how getting Celiac changed her relationship to food and eating – and even drinking (bye, beer!) 

– restaurant etiquette when you have Celiac 

– feeling good and looking good – and the relationship between disordered eating and having to change one’s diet for health-related reasons 

– men, women, and our relationships to food, eating, and shame 

– boundaries – and what to do when you’re sick at work 

– her favorite GF foods 

– the importance of genetic testing 

– the role of CBD in managing symptoms 

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