If you suffer from Coeliac Disease, you understand how completely your life has to change. Eating gluten-free isn’t just a choice; it’s a must. Unfortunately or fortunately, living gluten-free isn’t only for Coeliac Disease sufferers any longer. It’s the “in” thing.
That’s right, eating gluten-free is fashionable and trendy at the moment, and that can be a good and bad thing. The great part is that because it’s so popular, it’s easier than ever to find gluten-free bread and to exchange out gluten products at restaurants. The issue is that popularity comes with some problems and misunderstandings.
What Is Coeliac Disease?
We’ve discussed Coeliac Disease a few times, but we’ll give you a brief refresher just in case. It’s an autoimmune disease that causes your immune system to react badly to gluten. Basically, the tissue in your bowels becomes inflamed and flattened when it touches gluten, making it impossible to absorb vital nutrients from your food. Doesn’t that sound fun?
Yeah, Coeliac Disease isn’t as trendy as eating gluten-free and that’s why there are a few things that all coeliacs wish they could say to their gluten-free friends.
If You Run Out of Gluten-Free Bread You Can’t Just Substitute Another Bread
It’s amazing how often restaurants run out of gluten-free bread and then bring out the normal version while saying, “I hope this is okay.” It’s not okay. Coeliacs can never have gluten. It’s about survival. Having gluten “just this once” doesn’t work. It’s gluten-free or nothing. Treating it like a diet that can have “cheat days” doesn’t work.
Food with Accidental Gluten Is Inedible
We understand that sometimes it can be difficult to remember everything that contains gluten but for coeliacs it’s necessary. A salad that comes out with croutons or a piece of chicken that comes out on top of a side of tabouleh is ruined. You can’t just pick off the gluten products.
Gluten-Free Isn’t Necessarily Healthier
Yes, we know that eating gluten-free is the “healthy” thing to do, but it’s actually not necessarily healthier. Sure, you’re cutting out breads, pasta, and cakes, but you’d probably cut those products out if you were trying to consume less sugar. In fact, it’s an unfortunate truth that many gluten-free products can be even unhealthier than their gluten counterparts since they pack on the sugar and salt to help the taste. Don’t worry; we don’t do that here at 12 Health, but other companies do.
It’s Annoying with Gluten-Free Dieters Take a Skip Day
Okay, so this probably isn’t fair but when you have Coeliac Disease you have to eat gluten-free every day forever. So, it can be annoying when someone who claims to eat gluten-free digs into a cheeseburger because they had a wild night out and they want to treat themselves. Believe us; coeliacs wish we could dig into a cheeseburger, too.
We Don’t Mean To Be Picky Eaters, We Have To Be
Yes, we know how annoying we can be when we say, “No, I can’t eat that or that.” Unfortunately, it is what it is. Our choice of food isn’t left up to us; it’s up to our bodies. We have to always say no to gluten, no matter what. We don’t mean to turn down your cake or sandwich; we just can’t say yes.
Do you suffer from Coeliac Disease? What do you wish you could tell someone?