When you are gluten free and go out to eat or go to someone’s home for dinner, it can be hard to stress that gluten free eating is important. I’ve been gluten free for a year and a half now and one of the things that I struggle with is how to tell people that I absolutely cannot have anything with gluten in it.
For example, when you go to a restaurant and tell them that you can’t have wheat products, they seem to get it. But when you are a Celiac it becomes more than that. You can’t have barley or rye either and cross contamination is a WHOLE other subject. I have told people that I’m Celiac and can’t have anything with gluten and get the glassy eyed look. Sometimes they seem to get that it’s important (Celiac does sound like it could be bad) but not WHY. When I ask if they have anything gluten free, a salad is a common answer although a lot of dressings have wheat.
So, what do you do? Should you go into detail about Celiac Disease and what consequences it can cause? How do you handle this?