Folks…going gluten-free is just not that difficult. It really isn’t.
Is it limiting? It can be at times.
Is it isolating? Only if you let it.
Do I enjoy it? Not really.
But is it difficult? No.
Yet over the years, I’ve received a boat load of emails from my fellow celiacs who have a (sister, brother, mother, father, aunt, uncle, second cousin on Trudy’s side of the family, you get the point) who it seems have obvious health issues related to gluten, but absolutely refuse to get tested or give it up on their own.
Here is an email I just received last week…
Alright, so I was diagnosed with Celiac disease a couple of years ago, and it’s been long and painful to make the story short and simple.
My Grandma has been allergic to gluten and dairy and soy for going on 20 years. So it’s obviously in the family line.
Now my Mom has endless medical problems. Rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, cancer, discomfort with food, unexplained pain, and today I found out she needs more surgeries for carpal tunnel.
My grandma and I keep telling her that she needs to go on a gluten free diet or at least get tested for it, and she’s too freaking hard-headed to even give it a chance. She thinks it’s some weakness or a flimsy excuse I don’t even know.
I need to convince her because she really scares me. I know what it does to me, and I hate to think that she’s just hurting herself.
Please help me know what I should do. I need your help.
Thank you so much.
It’s funny. My response to emails sometimes varies depending on the mood that I’m in. Sometimes I’m “warm and caring Gluten Dude” and at other times I’m “cold and brutally honest Gluten Dude.”
And after a real long summer here at the Dude Ranch, I think you can tell which Gluten Dude is writing this post.
Do I feel for the daughter, who truly cares enough about her mom to reach out to me? Absolutely.
Do I have empathy for the mom, who seems to be her own worst enemy? At 7:04 on this rainy Tuesday morning…eh…not so much.
Going gluten-free is a weakness or an excuse? I don’t think so.
Going gluten-free is a savior to many people; people who have found their health and their lives again.
If you want to bury your head in the sand and live in denial (and in pain), it’s a bad choice, but it’s your life.
But geez Louise…it’s just food!