Day 5 of 14
Today’s post is in response to an email I received on April 29, 2014. No…that is not a typo. The good news is that yes, I do save and read all of your awesome emails. The bad news is that yes, I am a tad behind on some of them.
So here I am…just turned 50. And I’ve worked in an office all of one year my entire life. Got out of college and worked in retail management for a bit. That was a drag. Started bartending. Good cash. Took acting lessons and moved to NYC and then LA. Sucked at it. Years later in late 90’s, taught myself web design and development. Got a job in NYC for a dot-com. An actual real job, with real people, in a real office. (It went belly up after one year and have been working for myself since.)
And yes…we celebrated birthdays. And milestones. And more birthdays. And more milestones. And every single time, it centered around food. But alas, this was before my celiac days so what did I care. But what if I was still in that office (shoot me) and I had to deal with the office parties now? That is the dilemma of this fellow celiac. Take it away…
I work full-time for a large corporation and as you can probably guess there are always office parties of some sort. From birthdays to holidays to a full moon! If it’s written in on a calendar it’s a cause for a celebration. People don’t care and if this sickness doesn’t affect them they are not concerned; in fact, several peeps have even apologized during a party to everyone standing around how sorry they are that I can’t eat a doughnut or anything else while their mouths are full of food. It doesn’t bother me as much as it use to in the beginning but I have gotten to the point where I don’t even want to socialize anymore because of how they act and if I don’t participate I look like a bad employee.
Do you have any suggestions that I could do to help myself? I bring my food from home but that draws attention during the parties as to what I’m having, including the question, “is what you are eating gluten free?” Really people? Any advice you have is much appreciated.
Have you tried something like this?
If the above approach does not work, my advice is just to not worry about what others think. Perhaps easier said than done, but really who gives a rats ass what you can or cannot eat? I’m always amazed at how some people are so consumed by how others eat when it comes to their health. I would think NOT participating in the corporate social gatherings is not a good career move. But then again, I wouldn’t survive a day in that kind of atmosphere.
What about you folks out there in the working world? How do you deal with this??