If you follow a gluten free diet because you have Celiac Disease or a Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance or Sensitivity, or even if you eat gluten free because you feel better, it’s likely you feel ashamed to be gluten free or worried that you’re being judged for your special diet. At times you may feel insecure about your dietary restrictions (or choices) and feel like everyone is judging you. Your friends may label you as “difficult” and waiters will rarely take you seriously.
Unfortunately our society has made it acceptable to joke at people following a gluten free diet -for health reasons or not! No one sits there and makes fun of someone on a Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig diet, and certainly no one takes a peanut allergy or diabetes lightly. Why, I ask, do people think following a strict gluten free diet is so funny?
Imagine if your child had Celiac Disease and the lunch lady rolled her eyes at your son, and then his friends made jokes about his diet and told him it’s not real? No so funny anymore, right?
While I don’t understand it, I can tell you this…. if you make a gluten free joke or laugh at a gluten free joke, you are a bully or are enabling such bully behavior.
So before you crack a GF joke, look at your own lifestyle. I don’t crack jokes about all the packaged cookies you eat, yet you joke about the gluten free cookies I made, which, mind you are packed with whole grains and fresh ingredients you can pronounce!
So I say this with all due respect to the ignorant GF jokers out there, stop with the gluten free jokes. They are not funny. They are not acceptable. They are only encouraging people to not take food allergies, sensitivities, diseases and healthy dietary choices seriously! Remember, many cancer survivors, dementia sufferers and those with a plethora of digestive and nervous system disorders are following a gluten free diet to help themselves feel better. Many people follow a gluten free diet to lose weight or to simply try and get healthy. Why is that funny? I don’t get it….