Yes…a rare weekend post from the Gluten Dude.
But when I received the following message on Facebook, I felt an urgency to try to get some advice for this troubled mom as soon as humanly possible.
So if you happen to be online today and you can share some thoughts, I’d appreciate it.
And the mom will appreciate it.
And though the son with celiac may not appreciate it right now, he eventually will…I hope.
Here’s the message…
My son has celiac, which we found out about 4 yrs ago. Now he is 18 and is eating gluten (hiding it). He doesn’t look healthy and doesn’t complain about it.
He says he’d rather die young eating good food than live a long life eating crappy food.
He will eat gluten free when I cook for him it but between dinners, he eats gluten.
He is way under weight and so pale he looks grey. I’ve tried really hard teaching him what the consequences are and how important it is to not eat it but all he does is hide it and lie to me about it.
Wow…this is just a tough one. What 18 year old doesn’t think he’s invincible? One of my daughters turns 18 this week and lord knows I get the eye rolls when I talk about eating healthy…and pretty much anything else I say ;)
I’m not sure of the kind of relationship you have…though by reaching out for advice, it’s obvious you’re a pretty rocking mom. I just don’t know what kind of sway your words will have.
Have you tried leaving educational materials around the house that he could read? Perhaps send him a link once in awhile that talks about the high risk of cancer, etc. The key is to getting your message across so it’s accepted as love and concern (and not parental nagging).
He’s got to get out of the mindset that eating gluten-free is eating “crappy”. It just doesn’t need to be that way. But again, I’m not 18.
Anybody out there in a similar situation? Please, please chime in.