By Laura (The Gluten-Free Traveller)
Allie Moss, if you don’t already know her, is a singer from New Jersey. Her debut album “Late Bloomer” was released in 2009 and she is probably best known for her song, Corner, which was a big hit in the UK and has been featured on a couple of popular US shows, including Pretty Little Liars and Parenthood.
We are constantly hearing about the latest celebrity going gluten-free in an attempt to lose weight so it’s nice when we come across a celeb who is eating gluten-free because, like most of us, they have to.
Allie was diagnosed with gluten-sensitivity in March of this year and this week she spoke about her transition to gluten-free life with S.Z Berg. Berg is co-author of the William Edwards book series, a series aimed at helping kids dealing with celiac disease, gluten-sensitivity or food allergies.
Many of you may be able to relate to Allie’s story – her diagnosis and how her life has changed for the better as a result of following a strict gluten-free diet.
Getting a diagnosis of gluten-sensitivity can be challenging. Often people who suffer from gluten related problems but test negative for celiac disease are left without a real reason for why they continue to feel so terrible. So how was Allie diagnosed with gluten-sensitivity?
“I’d been diagnosed with acid reflux years ago, after I lost my voice for a bit. (Not good for a singer, obviously.) But I never really had typical reflux symptoms like heartburn. Fed up with feeling bloated and unhealthy despite eating well, I recently saw a holistic nutritionist with a Ph.D.; I felt the prescription I was on was making more complications than solutions. It was he who suggested that I had low acid (not high) in combination with a gluten sensitivity.”
Allie said that she was both “surprised and relieved’ when she discovered that gluten was causing her problems. She also mentioned that it wasn’t long before she started noticing her symptoms reducing.
“About a week. The thing that surprised me the most was the brain fog that lifted….I feel more alert and energetic overall. Digestion improved dramatically and my skin is clearer. And my voice feels great.”
As a singer, Ellie is frequently out on the road. How has being gluten sensitive affected her way of life?
“It’s definitely changed the way I cook at home, but I’ve enjoyed that challenge. There are lots of gluten-free cookbooks and blogs out there. Eating on the road is more difficult but I’m making it work! I’ve definitely had my nights of going to bed hungry after a show because the meal I’ve ordered isn’t right. So I try to prepare and plan. When I’m on the bus, there is a fridge so I can have things like salad fixings, hard-boiled eggs, and gluten-free bread on hand.”
Are you gluten-sensitive? How has it affected your life?