Think back to when you were first diagnosed with celiac disease. What was your first reaction?
For many people, it was relief. Relief that they finally had an answer to all of their health woes. Relief that it wasn’t cancer. Relief that they could treat the disease with a diet.
Me? I was pissed. My focus, sadly, was not on feeling better, but on what I’d be missing out on.
The beer, the pizza, the pasta, the bagels, the BEER!
As time went on, as much as I still missed some of my favorite things, I realized that it’s just food.
And at the end of the day, if not having a piece of pizza is the worst part of my day…I must have had a pretty good day.
But again…it took time to get to that happy place.
Today’s celiac rant comes from somebody new to the game. We’ve all been there. Let’s show some support.
I have a rant for you! I am new to your site and perhaps this has already been covered before, but I’ve yet to find it so I thought it was worth getting off my chest.
Why is it that every time I tell someone that I’m Gluten Intolerant (soon to be tested for full blown celiac disease) their initial response is “well the good news is there are a lot more foods on the market that are gluten free!”
Really!? I had no idea.
O.K. First, now that I am embarking on a whole foods lifestyle I am well aware of all of the GFFs (gluten free foods) out there.
Second, I do not overlook the fact that this is actually meant to be a supportive comment, but it’s just so annoying to hear every single time I have to explain why I cannot eat the donuts that the boss just brought in. Nor does it help having to endure the same vapid response from uneducated family members as they shove a piece of pizza in their mouth.
Here’s how I see it. Yes, there are a lot more GF options showing up in our supermarkets and dare I say more restaurants are offering up GF entrees, however we all know the risks involved in either of these locations.
While more stores are showing a dedicated section to GF foods, the frustrating reality is these are processed foods that contain rice flour, coconut flour or some other variation on flour, or my personal favorite… potato starch and tapioca. Sure these foods do not contain gluten, however if consumed as an easy go to food (yes, yes I made this mistake while I was in the denial stage of my gluten intolerance, desperately clinging on to some type of normalcy) they can lead to not enough fiber in your diet which, if not carefully corrected after a few days, means the big C is coming: Constipation. And let’s not overlook the fact that all of these new GFFs are triple the price of the wheat variety, which may actually cause me to take out a second mortgage to pay for my groceries.
Additionally, we have to be careful of the foods served up in any restaurant for cross contamination, which is just another check on our checklist of things we have to do to navigate in a world that is, in truth, still ignorant to what being ‘glutened’ really means.
Again, I know it’s meant well, but for this new Ggirl – it’s not received well!
So, I will do everything in my power to refrain from telling the next person who says in essence “gluten free food is easier to find” to shove it, as they really don’t know what they are talking about.
As a disclaimer I am fairly new to this GF world and still have some mourning to do, so perhaps this is all this is… me mourning the fact that I will never be able to go to my favorite Italian restaurant and order my favorite dish Penne E Formaggi with a french roll on the side, or ordering in pizza on the spur of the moment.
It is my sincere hope that after a few years when I’ve mastered (haha) the GF lifestyle I will be able to graciously accept this statement (and no doubt the other stupid ones to follow) instead of wanting to punch everyone who says it in the throat!
Dude note: I lied…I still miss bagels ;)