Celiac Disease: The Good
- It CAN lead to a healthier lifestyle (assumimg you don’t substitute your normal foods with processed gluten-free crap.)
- It is very good for your discipline. When you are FORCED to give up something, it’s amazing how doable it becomes. And then you realize, “Well damn…if I can give up all of these foods I used to love, I can give up other unhealthy things too.” It’s pretty empowering.
- It’s treatable without expensive medication or painful procedures (unless of course you consider eating Glutino bagels painful).
- Hmmm…I’m sure there’s more good things about celiac….thinking…thinking…ok maybe not.
Celiac Disease: The Bad
- Going out to eat can be a pain in the a*s.
- Your food bill can skyrocket, even if you are not buying gluten-free replacement items. Thanks to our wonderful food industry, eating healthier is just more expensive. And you wonder why we have an obesity problem. Sorry…stepping off my soapbox now.
- Because of the gluten-free craze, getting taken seriously can become a bit of a challenge. I’ve touched on this subject enough recently so there is no need to rehash. But you can read my thoughts about it here, here, here and here.
- Spontaneity goes out the window. There is no more winging it when it comes to eating. This is especially true when you are on the road.
- It can be tough to diagnose (though that may be due more to doctor’s laziness than the disease itself.)
Celiac Disease: The Ugly
- It can be an ungodly frustrating disease. Even gluten-free, a laundry list of symptoms can come out of nowhere.
- People with celiac disease have an increased mortality rate compared to the general population.
- It is a life-long disease. Once you are diagnosed, there is no going back to a “normal” lifestyle.
- Celiac sux…plain and simple.
Have something to add to the list? Let’s hear it.