Today is my birthday – so I thought I’d have a little fun with this post (and I got a little giddy with the meme generator tool!)
As you know by now, being gluten-free is not “optional” for most of the population who must follow a strict gluten-free diet. While many people have to go gluten-free for medical reasons, like a Celiac disease or autoimmune disease diagnosis, others go gluten-free because they are gluten-intolerant or gluten-sensitive or they just outright feel better avoiding it.
Of course, if you’re not part of the GF community, you probably have little knowledge about why someone would go gluten-free. Many educated professionals – including doctors – have yet to take the time to learn about how a gluten-free diet can help treat and minimize a variety of chronic ailments from arthritis to fibromyalgia to dementia. But that topic is for another post.
Today I want to share with you 8 things gluten-free people (like me!) are sick of hearing you say – I think you’ll chuckle at a few of them!
8 Things Gluten-Free People Are Sick of Hearing You Say!
(1) Isn’t it hard to be gluten-free? Yes, it is.
(2) It must be so easy to be gluten-free today with all the products on the market, right? No, it’s not easy. The struggle is real.
(3) I could never follow a gluten-free diet like you. Most people who go gluten-free don’t do it by choice. Hopefully you will be healthy your entire life and won’t have to follow a strict gluten-free diet. Chances are you have (or will have) some sort of autoimmune disease or chronic condition that can be helped by eating less gluten. If your hair is falling out (alopecia) or your thyroid is shot (Hashimoto’s) then you probably should go gluten-free. Here’s a list of other autoimmune conditions gluten has been known to help and even heal.
(4) Don’t you miss bread? Well, as a matter of fact, I do. But if I dwell on what I can’t have, I’ll never be able to focus on all the wonderful alternatives available to me. I have been introduced to a world of amazing gluten-free flours. I actually wouldn’t go back to eating regular flour if I could!
(5) Try just a little of this [fill in the blank gluten item]. A little bit won’t hurt you. Actually, a little bit will make my stomach bloat like a pregnant lady, and I’ll have to sit in your bathroom for awhile. You okay with that? Got any good magazines? Oh, and those that don’t properly manage their diseases will likely get new diseases.
(6) You must have lost so much weight going gluten-free. Truth be told, I didn’t. When I went gluten-free, my body, for the first time ever, was actually absorbing nutrients. I gained a little weight. I’m healthy now! Going on a gluten-free diet isn’t a weight loss gimmick, it’s a way of life for me and others who need to eat gluten-free to heal from within.
(7) Don’t you get sick of eating only salads? If I ate only salads, yes, I would be sick of them. You know that meats, cheeses, rice, potatoes, corn, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and a plethora of other foods, for example, are all gluten-free. Who told you I could only eat salads? (And quit making me a salad every time I come over!)
(8) Don’t gluten-free foods taste gross? Drop the mic. You have no idea what you’re talking about.