Every year there seems to be a new food trend. A new food “You just have to try” to improve your health, your looks or help you live longer. Last year it was gluten-free foods and it really impacted the market in a big way. Labeling changed, products exploded with new choices and eating out became easier to do. It became a new normal.
For years, people have been eating gluten-free for various health reasons. Many with Celiac disease whose bodies cannot tolerate even a crumb of gluten. It’s serious business. They didn’t have the conveniences of today. Much of it they had to make themselves, learning how to handle the gluten-free ingredients that behave very differently than the gluten-filled ones. They had to come up with the recipes themselves for crackers, cookies, cakes, pie crusts or breads-many of the foods we take for granted. They had to try to get these foods to brown, to hold together, to rise and to taste good. No small feat.
I am grateful for this new trend. I do not have Celiac disease. I am lucky. I do have an intolerance to eating gluten, though. This is a less severe reaction to gluten. It won’t kill me to eat a small amount, but if I eat it, I will be sick.
It’s hard to explain to people that a food makes you sick when they can’t see the reaction.
The reaction is inside the body with nondescript symptoms of bloating, pain, constipation/diarrhea and inflammation. There are many possible reactions and everyone is different. Many times the symptoms don’t show for a few days because it takes time to digest and react. It isn’t something to take lightly. It reduces the function of your digestion, organ by organ, until it limits the blood supply to your brain, effecting it’s health and function. It is all connected. That is something we easily forget. Eat wrong and your health becomes diseased. It doesn’t happen overnight, but when it does, it is serious business. This is one of the causes of Alzheimer’s disease.
Why am I sharing all this with you? To educate you, so that the next time you are eating with someone who has a food intolerance, you will be more compassionate. They are not trying to make others uncomfortable or trying to be difficult for the sake of being difficult. They aren’t even just trying to be cool. They are trying to make smart choices to live a happy, healthy, pain-free life.
For those with a gluten issue, don’t sit back and feel sorry for yourself.
Get out there and live! You have so many opportunities open to you. Learn to enjoy what you can eat. Explore what is in your grocery store or farmer’s market. Buy some cookbooks at the bookstore and start cooking. Be grateful you didn’t have to endure what the earlier gluten-free people had to. Embrace it and learn as much as you can about it. Eat clean, whole foods as much as you can and try to limit the processed foods.
This week I had some great suggestions from my waitress at Plan-B Restaurant. They had a great gluten-free beer called O’Mission from Seattle and a flour-less chocolate cake (It looked like a giant Hostess cupcake) that was to die for!! Those aren’t foods I choose to eat every day (too much sugar), but when my birthday rolls around, you’ll know where to find me! I’ll be the one in the back booth with the giant smile on my face, savoring every bite, spoonful by spoonful!
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