Assumptions, right or wrong, people make them constantly. It’s not distinctive in the case of celiac disease. People who are uneducated on gluten and its effects on those afflicted with the disease can be found guilty of making assumptions based on what they hear on the internet. I want to clear up some of those assumptions and help raise awareness and educate others. Here are 3 things I am not saying when I tell you I am gluten free.
I am NOT on a fad diet.
Celiac Disease is a very serious condition that requires strict dietary adherence to a gluten-free diet in order to heal and remain healthy. If I eat foods containing gluten it can trigger other autoimmune diseases. Beyond triggering other autoimmune diseases and cancers, gluten changes who I am. Most of the time when I eat gluten I feel psychotic, anxious, depressed, very moody,u get brain fog, splitting headaches, and can’t function as well. I also suffer from the typical intestinal issues, which diminish my quality of life. Chasing to eat gluten-free because you want to follow a trend and having to eat gluten-free to save your life are two different things.
Fad diets come and go, a gluten-free lifestyle is for a lifetime.
I am NOT asking you to cater to my food restrictions.
when I tell you I am gluten free it is not for you to make sure you have something for me to eat when I visit. I appreciate it when my friends and family do have gluten-free offerings, but I NEVER expect it. I always feel like a burden to them, because I am different. I always try to bring at least a pack of cookies for myself when I’m going out because it is my issue, not theirs. But honestly, feel genuinely cared for when they try to understand what I need and make efforts to help me out. Last but not the least;
I am NOT asking for your pity.
Despite the fact that living a gluten-free lifestyle can be challenging, I actually feel like its a blessing. There are so many people who are out there in a tougher situation than me. I am thankful to God that this can be handled in a fairly simple manner. I feel blessed my struggles are insignificant in comparison. I don’t feel like being gluten-free is a condemnation, it has been liberating.