Hey friends! For those of you who haven’t clicked away at the sight of that dreaded, cliché, celebrity-induced phrase: “gluten free” I’m proud of ya. Because truth be told, today’s post is about a lot more than just eating gluten free, and my personal decision to do so. Today’s post is about showing respect, both on the internet and in person, and specifically having respect for other people’s choices. I’ll also be sharing my favorite gluten free, super market finds for my fellow GF buddies. So settle in, let’s get on to the good stuff!
First Things First; Let’s Clear the Drama
First, I want to clear up what seems to be a point of controversy on my Instagram. I eat gluten free because I have been diagnosed by several, qualified doctors with Celiac disease. Since today’s post is about Celiac disease awareness, I’ll just give you the run through. Celiac disease means that every time I (or someone like me) eats gluten, my body attacks itself (more specifically my stomach lining and intestines) in an effort to remove the gluten, which it cannot properly digest. In addition to issues of malabsorption and malnutrition, the risks of eating gluten (or even eating off of a plate that touches gluten) for someone with Celiac disease include osteoporosis, stomach cancer, and infertility. So we can all agree that I should be staying away from the G-word, no? Good. Because to be honest, I’m tired of defending my food choices on social media. I’m tired of having to explain that my not eating gluten is not a form of restriction, it’s a form of safeguarding my health and my life.
Gluten Free Is Not A Free Pass to Mock-Town
But here’s the thing – even if I didn’t have Celiac disease, eating gluten free would be my business. And just as Celiac disease deserves to be recognized, treated with respect, and not mocked, anyone with a gluten allergy, gluten sensitivity, or just choosing to eat gluten free deserves the same courtesy. How someone else eats is none of your business. Now, if you’re genuinely concerned that someone may be eliminating several food groups, severely under eating, and possibly using “going gluten free” as a form of restricting or developing Orthorexia – there’s a way to approach that conversation. Note that expressing care over someone’s eating habits (especially if they are new and extreme) in private is different than mocking or ridiculing them in public.
When I make a point to order something gluten free at a restaurant, or pick up my GF rolls at the market, I can often feel the judgement on me. And that is just plain not okay. Please don’t be that person. You don’t know someone else’s health conflicts or concerns. Just be respectful and kind, that’s always a good idea 🙂
Onto The Good Stuff!
Alright my GF-homies, you’ve waited patiently for the FOOD portion of this post, and imma give it to ya. It’s no secret that there are some..er.. less than delicious gluten free products on the market (and more specifically in). I’ve spent the last two years trying as many gluten free products as I could get my hands on, and have cultivated some definite favorites that I can’t wait for you to try. Most of the products on this list I can find at the majority of markets, but availability will depend on where you live of course. The good news about Celiac disease and gluten allergies are becoming more commonplace is that food retailers have to adjust to the demand for gluten free goodies accordingly. Additionally, almost all of the items I mention in my list (free to download by clicking on any of the buttons above) are available online! Let me know which you’re excited to try first in the comments, and happy eating my friends 🙂
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