Whenever I tell someone I’m gluten intolerant, people will always respond “how awful for you!” or “I could never do that”. I do miss being able to eat whatever I want without being worried of the implications, but the reality of it isn’t as awful as it seems.
While there are the difficulties involved, there are more positives than you first think. Yes, you cannot always eat the cake, the pizza, the biscuits people offer you at school, college or work but sometimes that is a blessing, right? In today’s world, it doesn’t necessarily mean you cannot have those foods ever again. The amount of gluten free food available now is incredible, and the amount of food you can make that tastes the same (or even better!) than the original version is mind-blowing.
I have now been gluten-free for a little under a year because I decided feeling sick and bloated every time I had a crumb of a biscuit wasn’t worth it. I struggled as a baby and toddler which resulted in my mother needing to go gluten-free when she was breastfeeding me. She struggled to find a variety of food and 16 years ago, it was something few people catered for. I’m lucky that I no longer would have to get my food prescribed from the doctor.
I was introduced slowly from the age of 5 to gluten-containing foods and I was fine; we thought I just grew out of it. Puberty hit and I no longer could eat gluten without consequences. However, giving it up was the best decision I ever made with my diet. I am a lot healthier for giving it up and have found a whole new world with food. Unfortunately, it does mean I have to be careful whenever I go out to eat, whether that is at a friend’s house or at a posh, swanky restaurant.
I do thank modern day society for playing a role in helping with my options. Being ‘gluten-free’ became a trend in hope to lose weight and to come across as being cool. Us sufferers know it’s not cool and we would do anything to be able to eat gluten-containing food again so make the most of it; for us, anyway. Enjoy it if you can, and if you are like me, just think how you are not damaging yourself anymore.