I’ve been gluten free long enough to know how to tell others I can’t eat anything with gluten. There’s always a chance for educating others and I try to remember that when I get reactions such as, “Oh that stinks”.
No, it doesn’t stink. What stinks is how wicked my gas was when I ate gluten. What stinks was how lethargic I was all the time. The dark circles under my eyes. The throbbing joint aches and pains. The sharp stomach pains that felt like a knife was driving into my side. The dry, red cracked skin that no lotion on earth could seem to hydrate. That’s what stinks.
What doesn’t stink is how I feel. For one, I’m not killing my body with a poison that my body can’t handle.
It’s all about education, I feel. So when I get that reaction of “That stinks” I try to remember that I didn’t know what Celiac Disease was before I was diagnosed. I think back to a coworker years ago who told me she can’t eat anything with wheat and I stupidly said, “So just eat carrots and water?”.
What’s been your reaction and how do you handle comments when you tell people you can’t eat gluten?
So while I can’t eat gluten, there are PLENTY of other things besides carrots and water that I can eat. And for that, I’m grateful.