James Miller - Coeliac Diary


Saturday, November 18, 2006

Ooze - Part 2


I went to Ooze in Goodge Street in Central London on Thursday. Enjoyed it too. So did others as it was pretty busy.

I had a sirloin steak risotto which because of the red onions resulted in purple rice. Interesting and enjoyable. The wine was good too.

I can certainly recommend it to any coeliacs who want something different to eat in London.

The only thing against the restaurant is it that the decor is a bit stark and too white for my taste. But then what do I know about modern design?

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Marcus Trescothick


I feel very sorry for Marcus.

I do not know the full details of his symptoms, but I do know that for years he has had migraines and other problems.

For years, I was the same, but I was not a sportsman, so I didn't pressurise my body. Imagine my surprise when at the age of 55, I was diagnosed as a coeliac. This means I'm allergic to wheat, barley and rye. The reason is that when something is wrong with your gut, it starves you of the vitamins and nutrients you need. It often manifests itself in very strange ways. With me it was severe dandruff, migraines, mild depression and wind.

Now, according to statistics one in hundred of us are coeliacs, but it is very surprising that there are no top class sportsman, who suffer from the disease.

Perhaps Marcus is one. I just don't know, but the pattern of diagnosis is typical of the one, that most coeliacs go through before eventual diagnosis.

Sunday, November 12, 2006



I passed this restaurant in Goodge Street yesterday.

I have since been having an e-conversation with the owner and it sounds promising for those who need a gluten free diet.

I shall post a report soon.


Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Cambridge Nutriontal Sciences


This company has just been on the East Anglian news on the BBC. They now have a 93 food intolerance test.

OK, so it's probably biased, but they do put some interesting points about how good blood tests are for coeliac disease.


Sunday, November 05, 2006

Carluccios Bicester


When we went to Carluccios at Bicester last time, I wrote to Head Office and complimented them on the service.

Since then, I'd had a positive reply from Head Office about that and other matters. Try writing to some companies and they ignore you!

Yesterday we went to Bicester again and the waitress was a coeliac herself. I said that I'd written after the positive experience of last time and she said that they'd had an e-mail from Head Office complimenting them on their service.

It sounds to me like Carluccios have got service and staff relations correct.


Friday, November 03, 2006

Google AdSense


I've added Google AdSense to this blog.

This is very much an experiment to see if the adverts are useful to people who read this blog. And also to see if it generates any revenue for me!

I hope the adverte don't annoy.



I am a coeliac and can't eat wheat or barley.

What illustrates how dynamic the sausage industry has become, is that when I was first diagnosed there was only one or two brands easily available. Now there are nearly a dozen.

Manufacturers wouldn't do it, if it wasn't a profitable market.