I have been living with celiac disease for over 5 years now. I have had ups and downs and times where I feel like I would kill someone for a night of endless gluten indulging. Honestly though, I don’t miss gluten and would never trade going back for the food for how I felt before diagnosis. I eat majority of the time a natural gluten-free diet and with the marketplace the way it is now — there are some seriously great products modified to be gluten-free (more then double what it was even 5 years ago).
I don’t like to take life too seriously, I love to laugh and love even more to laugh at myself. While there is nothing really ‘funny’ about having celiac disease and all the things faced with ensuring our diet is strictly gluten-free, there are some humorous ways to spot us. The odd person at the party doing something a little different the others, the way we look at things others may not notice and funny quirks that can help you spot a celiac. In fact, I’ve pulled together a list of things that if you see someone doing, they likely eat a gluten-free diet:
15 Ways to Spot a Celiac:
1. They are either very fast or very, very slow at grocery shopping, depending on if they’re trying new things.
2. They learned to speed-read by reading food labeling
3. They are known as the ‘person who brought a bagged lunch to the fancy wedding’
4. They don’t seem phased by ingredients like Guar Gum and xanthan gum
5. You see them hold their breath when they go down the flour aisle — or they avoid it like the plague
6. They stopped speaking to you when you used their peanut butter jar
7. They step on their soapbox when you tell them you tried Atkins Diet and know how they feel
8. When going on vacation, they pack a separate suitcase for their own cereal and snacks
9. They are always reminding their partner to wash their hands before they touch them
10. You mention you’ve been diagnosed with IBS and they automatically tell you to get a blood test for celiac disease
11. They are always the first one to eat at the buffet — and if they’re not, they just sit there & refuse to eat
12. They tell you they have already eaten when you’re meeting them at a restaurant
13. They throw pillows at the tv every time a news outlet or tv show gets a fact wrong about gluten-free living
14. They lose their shit when you suggest that it won’t hurt if you “just try a little bit” of the food off your plate.
15. You have never, ever seen them lick stamps, but will get a cloth damp to wet it instead
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