VOYAGE MAGAZINE "INSPIRING STORIES" - MEET JAMIE BERDINER FROM THE CELIAC CONSULTANT
Updated: Nov 26, 2019
Jamie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Hi! I’m Jamie. A working mom of three children. Within six weeks of the birth of my son, I became so violently ill. I was excusing myself from family events and life itself. I had two babies under two years old and spent months of vomiting into toilets. I was just so very sick, lonely and desperate.
I finally got a Celiac Disease diagnosis and was told there is no medication and to go gluten-free for the rest of my life. I was thrilled! I had no idea what GLUTEN was but I was going to get healthy and thought this is the answer to my prayers.
I was still very sick for almost two years. Lugging a double stroller and a list of symptoms to every type of doctor imaginable, I just always left with more hopelessness. I was needing and searching for what no medical professional could give me! I needed someone to come into my home. Show me how to stop cross-contaminating, go through my pantry, go grocery shopping with me, help me feed and meal plan for a family of five. I needed daily skills that go into life with a Celiac diagnosis and a gluten-free lifestyle.
It is definitely a journey but through my own personal trials & triumphs and seeing that there was such a desperate need, The Celiac Consultant was brought to life! A place to have unbiased personal support with practical tools and resources through all the facets of a gluten-free lifestyle.
Has it been a smooth road?
Today’s struggles are tomorrow’s strengths. I had no idea that surviving the worst days would somehow bring out the best days. Never could have imagined the platform, passion and purpose of my life now. The days I questioned God also gave me the faith I have in Him in now. I think the work /life balance and money will always be a struggle as Mom, Wife & Entrepreneur. I’ve just learned to change my perspective and understand life isn’t happening to me but for me.
We’d love to hear more about your business. We offer everything from personalized Celiac and Gluten-Free Consulting to Meal Planning, Grocery Shopping, Fun Gluten-Free Events, and even Comprehensive Home Sweeps! This is a personalized in-home approach with a checklist specializing in refrigerator & pantry items, foods, spices, pots, pans, cabinets, cosmetics, drawers, silverware, medications, appliances and overall in-home approach.
Here at The Celiac Consultant, our motto is to EMBRACE & EMPOWER. We embrace all the facets of a gluten-free lifestyle and empower others that are struggling in their own gluten-free journey. We create an individualized plan to achieve and navigate your personal gluten-free lifestyle goals.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least? I love that our city has such a heart and compassion for others. I love joining forces with other local entrepreneurs that want to create a sense of community and wellness. We are all in this thing called life together!
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