An unexpected upside of Celiac I learned today. When dd was diagnosed with Celiac, we agreed that the whole house would be gluten free. Since we also could no longer eat at restuarants or order pizza every Friday night of the year, and all meals would be prepared at home, the bottom line was that the whole family would be on a gluten free diet. It took about a year before I didn't miss the pizza's anymore. Never was much for the restaurant food, though, as fatty as it usually was. Now about 1 year and a half into eating gluten free, bread and pizza don't really even look all that appealing anymore (never thought I'd say that but it's true). I've rediscovered an appetite for fruit and nuts and other snacks that are gluten free just as they are. Anyway back to my point. 6 months after we all started eating GF, my cholesterol test came back 159. Unusual, because for the past 10 years it was around 190 consistently. This week, a year later, my physician called to say that my cholesterol test came back at 135. He asked what I was doing, and all I could think of was that I don't eat restaurant food every week of the year anymore. Apparantly, my daughter's celiac diagnosis and our family's subsquent gluten free, home-cooked meal diet may have just added years to my life. Maybe to my daughter's as well. In the spirit of looking for the silver lining in the clouds, I think I found a good one here.