The Globe and Mail is Canada’s national newspaper.
It’s been in print for 167 years.
As per their own website, it’s “an essential read for Canadians who want in-depth reporting on the issues, facts and opinions that affect our domestic landscape and the world at large.”
It’s got a readership of 3.3 million people.
In other words, it’s the real deal.
So how the hell do they allow an article in their newspaper, written by one Courtney Shea, titled “How I lived without gluten for one week”??
The article is part of a weekly challenge that “tackles self-improvement seven days at a time.”
Why anybody in their right mind would think giving up gluten for seven days would 1) be that challenging (it’s 7 days!); 2) lead to self-improvement; or 3) be interesting to read about, is beyond me.
But hey…I didn’t go to journalism school, so what do I know.
Let’s break down some of the fascinating tidbits:
She’s not off to a bad start…except that gluten is not the same thing as wheat.
Courtney…repeat after me. Gluten is not just wheat. Although I do like the fact that she seems as disgusted with the pseudo-celebs as the rest of us.
Ok…I give up Courtney. You think it’s just wheat…run with it.
How about a little research Courtney before embarking on your “challenge”? Don’t be a lazy journalist. If you really want to know what it’s like to go gluten-free, you need to educate yourself first.
Did she really expect to feel anything in seven days? And yes Courtney, most chips are just fine.
So normally, you’re kind of mean-spirited. Nice. If anything, perhaps this “challenge” has made you a more tolerant person.
But Courtney, don’t you think the article would have been much better if you really tried to live like a celiac? If you really immersed yourself in our life, even if it was just for a week?
If you went to a few restaurants and had to ask the waiter 100 questions…
If you went food shopping for 3 hours because you had to read the labels so carefully (and spent twice the money)…
If you avoided all possibilities of cross-contamination in your own kitchen…
Those are a few of the many “challenges” we face.
It came across to me that you had no idea what you were doing. It was a total half-assed effort.
So then why do the “challenge” and write an article about it??
Gluten-free is not a joke or something to experiment with on the fly for one week.
It’s not something you can do without a hell of a lot of research ahead of time to understand what gluten-free truly means.
This world needs great journalists Courtney. It really does.
And there’s nothing wrong with light-hearted articles that are meant simply to entertain.
But it doesn’t mean they should be lazy.