Being gluten-free can be both a blessing and a curse. Because on the one hand, if you’ve been unknowingly suffering from an intolerance for years, going free can have a profound effect on your overall health. On the other hand, though, is the scrutiny and hardship that comes from making a life-changing decision in a food-obsessed culture.
So for all the people out there who love their tamari over their soy sauce, their rice crackers over their water thins and their side salads over their pastas, this one’s for you.
“Just this once” does not exist for the gluten-intolerant.
Unlike someone breaking a low-carb diet or having a weekend binge drink, eating gluten when you’re not supposed to has immediate ramifications. So if you do choose to use the “just this once” line, all we can say is, get to a bathroom and wear your most comfortable stretchy pants, stat.
Family get-togethers are a nightmare.
They love us and all, but explaining food intolerances to extended family members over a barbeque can be hard work. No, it’s not a lifestyle choice. Yes, I have consulted a doctor. No, I won’t try just one piece of cake and see how it turns out. WE KNOW HOW IT TURNS OUT.
Pretty much. Image: Gold Circle Films.
And so are office morning teas.
Unlike the contempt that arises from the older members of your family, people at the office understand and respect your gluten intolerance. But all I’m saying is, there’s definitely a limit to how many times you can eat hummus and rice crackers while others eat chocolate brownies before the novelty wears off.
Stumbling upon good gluten-free products is like stumbling upon the Garden of Eden.
Sure, sure, we get that in the eyes of our grandparents, we’re just a pack of “fussy eaters”. But fussy or food intolerant, we still have to eat. And as any gluten-freer will attest, finding a good alternative can be a painstaking process that involves more time and money than it ever should.