I get emails all the time from parents who have young children with celiac disease. They pour out their souls out to me, telling me what a hard time their kids are having at school just trying to fit in while being gluten free.
They tell me how other kids put bread and other gluten filled items on their plate because they think it’s funny.
They tell me how the school will not help protect their children during lunch hours.
They tell me how their children come home from school crying.
These are children we are talking about.
So then why the hell would The Disney Channel produce a show (“Jessie”) where the most annoying character, Stuart, happens to be gluten free and is made fun of because of it? (watch the video above)
Did they go down a “disease list” and decide which would be the funniest?
Am I supposed to embrace this?
I know some others out there are touting that it’s a good thing Pillsbury has jumped into the gluten-free game.
Me? I’m becoming immune to the whole thing. Absolutely immune.
It’s Celiac Awareness Month and I’m just at a loss of what to do to…you know…actually raise awareness.
When your up against the big boys like General Mills pumping out gluten-free crap to the masses, simply because they know the market is hot, I feel like an ant on a hot summer day, with a mean 8 year old boy, who looks just like the Pillsbury Doughboy, holding a magnifying glass over me.
I’m all hot and bothered…and while that may sound somewhat titillating, I assure you it’s the complete opposite.
Dude note: It’s 11:30 at night, I just worked a long, long day and I’m a tad cranky. I’m gonna come back to...
I received the following email and if nothing else, I thought we could help a fellow celiac out and have some fun at the same time.
Hey Gluten Dude…I am a 33 year old Type 1 diabetic, Mom to 2 beautiful munchkins, and a Navy wife. Whew! I thought I had enough on my plate but then I was feeling sick and having a mental breakdown and I pieced together that I may have Celiac. Well after testing it was confirmed and I have been gluten free for 4 months and have never felt better! I honestly thought I was losing my mind. Came to find out it was just the gluten that was making me crazy.
My question for you is how do you deal with the whole diet freaks?
People keep telling me I am so ‘lucky’ and eating gluten free isn’t that bad. It drives me nuts...
I received the following email last week from Pete, who really wanted to let his celiac wife know how much she is loved and appreciated.
Hey Gluten Dude: My wife is better since finding your blog. She has enjoyed keeping up with your posts & agrees with nearly every one of them. I was blessed earlier this year when you posted her love story to me and am extremely interested in reaching out to you to see if you might be able to post a Mother’s Day Letter I have written her. I would be forever grateful to you if you were able to post this somewhere on your blog. She is an awe-inspiring woman and I am so lucky to have her in my life. Keep doing what you are doing Gluten Dude. You are a regular feature in the Krussel household.
Flattery will get you everywhere Pete....