The Aussie Coeliac?

As mentioned in my story; an introduction; My name is Ashlee and I live in Australia.
I was diagnosed at the age of six in 1998, that gives me a fair few years experience in living life as a coeliac.
Unlike a lot of gluten free pages, I don’t always enjoy being healthy, where is the fun in that? I feel that I already have so many things to avoid in my food that I’m not going to add anything more. Besides, gluten free
does not equal weight loss, good eating or any better health other than no longer suffering from my own body tearing itself a part.

As I was growing up; being a coeliac was extremely hard. It is easier now with more products, help and awareness. There are those who still think that being a coeliac is a choice, those who won’t give a damn about cross contamination and those who will lump you with the fad gluten free dieters.

In terms of symptoms, I get quite a few; the itchy dermatitis herpetiformis, sever bloating (think nine months pregnant looking), hot and cold flushes, vomiting, constipation or diarrhoea. I can either sleep like the dead or not sleep at all. Stomach pains, tooth aches, mood swings. The lot.
I am no medical professional, I am not a dietitian.

I am a young woman, who suffers from coeliac disease, who is happy to share her experiences and knowledge to help others and who wants to find and inform everyone about the best gluten free products and coeliac friendly restaurants out there.

Ask me questions, read my reviews and share your experiences, I’d love to hear them.

Ashlee; The Aussie Coeliac.



  1. Sonia

    I have just come across your blog after being diagnosed coeliac 2 months ago in my mid forties, and really appreciate your reviews of places to eat out. Eating at home has changed very little for me as I’ve never been much of a bread or baked treats lover and substitution of ingredients is quite easy for my tastes.

    But the (misguided) thought of never being able to eat out again safely has been quite overwhelming and not in a good way. So seeing your regular reviews of venues and eateries is fantastic. I’m saving recommendations from your blog and other Facebook coeliac groups to help survive this new life.

    • Hi Sonia;
      I am glad that my reviews can help a little bit. I can be overwhelming and even myself almost 20 years in still gets overwhelmed. Especially when some restaurants just don’t care. I am always of the mind frame that if you ask the right questions you will be able to determine what risk level there is and make an educated decision. It gets easier with time.

  2. Lian Ellison

    Hi, I was wondering if you knew of a gluten-free starter culture for making sourdough bread, available here in Oz?

    • Hi Lian;
      Unfortunately not. I am not interested in that side of the process and haven’t come across any in my research. I know that Black Ruby Bakeries created their own.

  3. Val

    Hi Ashlee, I have been diagnosed with coeliac about a month ago so I’m eating no gluten an reading all labels but I still have all the symptoms that I started with, it is a bit annoying. How long does that last for.
    Thanks val.

    • From my experience talking with people it can take anywhere up to a year to feel better. This is because your gut is damaged from the gluten proteins so until it is fully healed it can still be irritated. Some people who are diagnosed find that cutting back on other food irritants like lactose and chilli help their symptoms (this is usually only temporary).
      The other thing to think about is any possible cross contamination sources that you may have missed. Having Coeliac Disease can seem very overwhelming so you may not have even though to check your spices for may contain statements, or buy yourself a new and separate toaster to avoid crumbs.
      I hope this helps and welcome to the family Val.
      – Ashlee.

  4. Alexis Munro

    Hi Ashlee,

    I recently discovered you on Instagram and have been obsessed ever since. I am 21 years old & diagnosed with severe Coeliacs when i was 17 (i had similar issues to you plus a whole array of other things) it was an awful transition to GF food but finding blogs and like minded people like you have made it alot easier. I also love that you are like me & i dont believe in being SUPER healthy all the time, its important to have balance and enjoy what you love, as we already restricted as it is! Thank you so much for being so proactive with this Blog & Social Media!

    • Thank you Alexis;
      You made me smile and chuckle. This week I was told I was going to die because I liked to eat my cookies and cream cupcakes, so your comment definitely resonates with me. I don’t know why people are so hung up on what others do with their lives. My mum always taught me everything in moderation and that’s how I live. I am so happy that my story has helped support you, that was my goal with The Aussie Coeliac. I hope that I can be of assistance with any questions that you might need answered or any recipes you need converted. It can be challenging and we will all have those days when we hate what our bodies have given us but it does get more comfortable and easier to handle. Thank you very much for subscribing last night! I can’t wait to share my subscriber gifts with everyone, they’re almost ready. Of course thank you also for reading, have a great weekend!


  5. Rod Barford

    Hi Ashlee,
    Firstly thank you so much for this brilliant website – it truly is a valuable resource for those of us afflicted with coeliac disease, gluten sensitivity or other associated disorders.
    I was diagnosed at age 64, and prior to diagnosis was a lover of all things wheaten, especially wholegrain sourdough bread, porridge, and others. I’ve been on a GF diet since March 2015, and am still very much on a learning curve, so your very informative website is a great find. Keep up the valuable work, and I will endeavour to contribute where I can.

    • Thank you for the comment and for reading the website Rod. It makes me happy knowing that I can help teach and inform others from my experiences. I find that it makes this all a little bit more bearable to know other people understand. I hope that you are enjoying better health now that you have been diagnosed.
      – Ashlee.

      • Hi Ashlee,
        Just thought I’d contribute a cooking idea if it’s of any interest to your readers/customers – for cooking fish fillets or chunks, gluten free.
        I just grab a small-size freezer bag, toss in a cup of cornflour (maize or corn), half a teaspoon of salt, then throw in the fish fillets one by one, tossing them around so they get well-coated with flour & a touch of salt. Fried in the pan, they come out lovely and crisp and golden brown.
        We’ve cooked flathead, snapper, flake, King George whiting, sand whiting, prawn tails, cray tail slices, calamari and WHITEBAIT!
        If you’ve never eaten whitebait, give it a try. If you can get it fresh from the water, even better, but I’ve bought it fresh from the fish market and fried in a little oil, coated with cornflour, it is absolutely scrumptious. The Kiwis eat it a lot, which is where I discovered it.
        We had some Red Emperor fillet slices this way the other night, they were beyond tasty!
        This is also a very quick and handy way to cook fish when camping too.
        Happy frying!

  6. Lynley

    Hi Ashlee! I am a newly diagnosed Coeliac at 57! Took ages to get the diagnosis or even someone to consider it! Anyway, regardless of that rant the difference it makes not eating gluten is pretty impressive, except for one thing, the lack of an immune system!
    I thought I was imaging all the illnesses I get and long recovery time, with one member of the family thinking I was exaggerating, until I found your blog. Thank you for confirming that the immune system of the coeliac is less than perfect.
    Oh and do you find the medical fraternity is a bit ignorant about Coeliacs? Or is that just rural areas. As a nurse I am pretty unimpressed with the lack of knowledge about the condition.
    Thanks again for the blog.
    Warmest wishes, lynley.

    • Hi Lynley;
      The medical professional certainly is lacking in education about Coeliac Disease. Even in this day and age. So often I see people being told to go gluten free before their biopsy. Two of my friends have had this advice only this year. It is extremely important that we try and spread as much awareness as possible.
      I’m glad that you finally have a reason behind your problems and can begin the process of healing.
      – Ashlee

  7. Angie

    Hi Ashlee! I’m Angie, I live in Sydney and I’ve only recently been diagnosed. I hope that you can make it up my way and review some of the restaurants around.
    Thank you for your hard work!

  8. Ally

    Hi Ashlee; My name is Ally, I was diagnosed three years ago when I was 25. It was quite a shock for me to suddenly have to change my lifestyle so drastically. I can’t imagine how hard it would have been being diagnosed as a child. I also think though that it may have been easier because you never got to taste the things you had to give up.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful experiences with us!

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