The biggest challenge living gluten free is being social!
There are many challenges living gluten free and the biggest challenge living gluten free is being social! I find there is a great deal of stress when I go out to dinner especially when we are invited into a friends home.
So much of what is prepared, I simply cannot eat and my host seem to get insulted! I do my best to explain to them I am gluten sensitive, yet for many they just do not understand. It is not a fad thing for me it is a health thing. I have been called radical, and last night I was called a health nut! Many people judge me for my health choices and not in a good way. Yet these same people that judge seem to have all kinds of health problems! It simply does not make any sense to me.
You see I know when out to a restaurant for dinner what I can order to be as safe as possible. At a restaurant, I can ask specifically for something cooked or prepared the way I want it or that will be best.
In a friends home there is a different energy. The host is excited about the meal they are going to serve and do get upset or insulted when I say I will not eat certain foods because they are not good for me. Oh my goodness it stresses me out for sure.
So here is what I have learned over the past year and a half when going out:
- When I am invited out I thank them for the invite and explain that I am gluten sensative
- I explain that I can not eat any wheat, grains or gluten
- I also explain that all the gluten free packaged foodare not in my eating strategy
- I do make sure I eat something before I go just in case!
- Worst case senario I enjoy the conversaton and company of my friends
I am still learning how to live gluten free and definitely do not eat foods that are a problem just because. The consequence of that action is not fun and not worth it to me.
Last night I did go out to my cousin’s house for dinner and he was very gracious. He has absolutely no understanding of health, healthy food and yet he really did go out of his way to be sure that I would enjoy the evening as well as the food he prepared. For that I am very grateful!
” Never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick to start from scratch once again.” -Bikram Choudhury.
What is your plan when you go out to a restaurant or when going into someone’s home? It would be great to hear from you in the comments below.
Let today be your day! Talk soon,
Ps here is an interesting article on Cross Contanimation- Simply Click the picture link to go directly to the article ( affiliate)