Tuesday

12 Things You Should Never Say To A Celiac


When Someone Suggests That A Crumb Won't Hurt



If that was the case, do you really think I would be so cautious? To put things in perspective for you, one crumb can and will make me ill. One crumb makes me a difficult person to be around and shortens my lifespan. Chew on that.




When Someone Asks If Gluten-free Helped You Lose Weight


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No! I actually gained weight. It's called being healthy. Any carb overindulging person will see a drop in weight if they instantly cut it out of their diet. That being said, there are actually carbs in Gluten Free food. Yep. Bet ya didn't know that, like ya didn't know that some people have no choice but to eat Gluten Free.




Every Time Someone Asks Me What I Can Eat

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 I can eat a lot of the same things you eat. Not everything is off limits. I just have to be cautious of ingredients and make changes to adapt recipes. Time-consuming yes, but extra time and effort trumps being sick.




When Someone Says They Tried Gluten-free for a while


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You "tried" it? Must be nice to have that option! I do it because I have to. Unlike you, there is no choice for me. Being Gluten Free is what allows me to live. I don't understand why anyone would want to be GF by choice! Not only is it a difficult road to navigate but it is expensive. I would not buy it if I didn't have to, even if it was on sale kind of expensive.




When Someone Mentions The Increased Food Cost

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Yes, gluten-free can be expensive. A lot of companies take advantage and price gouge. It blows my mind that people will choose to pay inflated prices for food they are not restricted to. 




 I prepare chef quality meals without said expensive flour

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 Not everyone lives in an area with massive Gluten Free variety. Nor does everyone have the luxury of being an exceptional chef. Most of us are average folk, given the task of creating satisfying Gluten Free meals. 




When The Server Says The Oven Will Kill Off Any Gluten

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Am I being punked? Seriously, who started this rumor?



When People Call Me Picky

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I am NOT a picky eater. Unfortunately, when one has a dietary restriction, eating can become mundane. Like anyone else, I enjoy variety in my diet as well as flavor. I can't always afford to purchase  different and exciting gf food. Nor do I always have the time or energy to make something from scratch. I have a right to become irritated with my food options from time to time.


When Someone Tells Me Gluten-free Is A Fad For Money
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This actually has a little bit of truth to it. Sometimes it feels like a Gluten Free label is just an easy excuse to charge more money.For those of us who NEED a gf diet, the high cost is an unfortunate side effect of this mandatory lifestyle.



The Suggestion That VeryFew People Have Celiac Disease
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That is a very archaic thought. 1 in 133 people have Celiac Disease. More people suffer from Celiac than Alzheimer's Disease. 



When Someone Complains About The Cost Of Vegan/Vegetarian/Organic Food


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Being Vegetarian is a choice. A choice you are allowed and able to make. I don't have any choice when it comes to eating Gluten free. My wallet sure wishes I had a choice, though.



When People Admire My Apparent Willpower



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No, it's not willpower at all. Gluten is toxic to my health, therefore, I avoid it. Period.

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8 comments

  1. Very nice summary! Totally agree!

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  2. Nice! I love the "tongue-in-cheek" humor, yet true details which outline what a celiac, gluten-free survivor survives. Myths are prevalent with our "so-called diet" which should be dispelled immediately by words like yours and comments like mine! Thank you for writing this very creative blogpost which is both informative and humorous. You hit it right, "celiac sister!" ;-)

    Regards,


    Dougie (aka GFDougie)

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  3. Thank you L. I'm glad you enjoyed the post :)

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  4. Dougie, thank you for the kind words. They mean a lot to me! I am happy you appreciate my humor. My goal was definitely to put a fun twist on what can be a frustrating experience for us all.

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  5. Just starting this journey with my 7 8 year old daughter, already I am sick of these sort of comments. Loved it! thanks for the smile it gave me!

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    1. Glad I could put a smile on your face. :)
      Good luck to you and your daughter with the gluten free journey.

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  6. My father's reaction to my trying to explain my celiac diagnosis: "Your doctor just made that up to make money off you."

    His reaction to the news that celiac has a genetic component: "You didn't get that from me. My family is healthy." Ok, then explain why two of my first cousins on his side have MS and I'm terrified that I'll develop it as well.

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  7. I'm so sorry that your dad doesn't understand Celiac. I think his view of the situation is a prime example why an active public awareness campaign is desperately needed.

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