Be Heard: How You Explain Your Gluten-Free Lifestyle – Gluten-Free Living. As part of Celiac Awareness Month, GlutenFree Living is asking a weekly question. This one was:
How you explain your gluten-free lifestyle
Are you following a gluten free lifestyle because you think that you may have digestive issues, and that it makes you feel generally better, OR do you actually have an intolerance to gluten; or suffer from celiac disease?
Many people do not know what gluten actually is, or how it negatively affects those of us with celiac disease. When I was first diagnosed many years ago, I also did not know what gluten actually was, or which foods contained gluten. When I realised that wheat, rye, barley, oats – pasta, bread, pizza, cookies, cakes and even cereals contain gluten, I was devastated.
Now of course, many years later, I am in better control of my lifestyle and eating habits, but find that explaining my gluten-free lifestyle to others is not that easy. Some people are genuinely interested, and want to learn more. Others, however, are just amazed that I don’t eat a typical ‘normal’ diet, and are simply curious.
I do explain what gluten’s function is in a gluten product (such as bread) that people are familiar with, and why I (and many others) cannot eat it, and then I also list the other healthy, tasty grains that I CAN eat, such as sorghum, quinoa or millet.