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Thursday
Apr302009

Gluten Free, Not Gluten Freaky: Got it? Get it? Good.

 So here you sit, with something funky called gluten intolerance.  You know it's serious because you feel like you've been run over by a train most days... and because your doc just told you, "Look, get off the gluten or die," in so many words. You certainly understand the need to stay away from the Scary Four: Wheat, (non-gf) Oats, Rye, Barley - but how do you communicate that need effectively to your family and friends?

Some of them look at you like you've got a highly contagious virus that you're just waiting to pass on. Some of them snort and laugh it off with an asinine comment or 10 about you and your freaky diet fads. Some of them pat you on the back and make mac and cheese, 'because it's made with white flour, not wheat.' And some just stare in horror - after all, everyone knows that they always bring the peach pie to the picnic. And they have to bring the peach pie! And the peach pie is your favorite. You always eat peach pie!  YOU DON'T LOVE MY PEACH PIE!???! HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME???

ahem.

If you're wondering why people seem to freak out about this new disease you've got, and you're wondering how to help them help you, you've come to the right place.

hugsThe truth is, your loved ones are grieving the loss of their former lives just as much as you did when you were first diagnosed. In fact, you might still be grieving yourself.  Never being able to eat gluten again may not seem as big a deal as losing a pet or a loved one... but in reality, it is.  Our culture intertwines food and love so tightly into tradition and memory that the thought of changing is horrifying.

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