Most of my friends really get why I’m gluten free. They know that eating anything with gluten can make me sick and sick is not where I want to be. They really don’t want me to be there either, I’m a hot mess when I ingest gluten. I start cramping up and then my tummy hates me and I end up either in the bathroom for long periods of time (I will let your imagination go and it probably would be accurate) or curled up on my bed because the stomach cramps are so horrible. Women, just take the “that time of the month” cramps and ramp it up. Men, imagine getting kicked hard in the you know where…and I’m pretty sure you know the pain I go through.
I still have people in my life that, from statements made, think I’m overreacting. The other day I posted a story about there being a lot of gluten free restaurants in Italy on my personal Facebook profile. I had a friend say “you people are ruining everything”. Ruining everything? How? By being excited that I can go out and eat?
I wasn’t sure if this person was joking or not, it’s hard to tell via social media sometimes, so I made light of it and said that I wasn’t looking for a constitutional amendment and it was each restaurants right to have a gluten free menu or not.
I guess I’m still puzzled as to why “us people” are ruining things. Anyone that isn’t gluten free can still get beer and get it at a fraction of what I pay for beer. Anyone that isn’t gluten free can go anywhere and eat whatever they please. I guess I don’t get it. I’ve never said that I am going to make every restaurant have a separate kitchen for gluten free because it’s my right. (It isn’t, don’t take that wrong). And, even if a restaurant doesn’t have anything I can eat, I will still go there with my friends because I’m a social person.
Yes, I do get excited when I read that Europe is very gluten friendly and that, someday, when I get to go there I will be able to eat and eat well. Better bring my stretchy pants! And I do get excited when a new item hits the shelves and I can have egg rolls again.
The thing is that people really don’t know what they miss…until they can’t have it anymore.
I would challenge my friends that thing that gluten free is easy to go one week gluten free. Read the labels, eliminate all wheat, barley and rye from your diet and see how “easy” it is…I’m sure you’d be more than surprised.