How is being on a gluten free diet like being Autistic?
Complainers and judgmental reactions, that’s how.
The other day someone posted something about someone being annoyed at a restaurant listening to someone taking up to much time trying to order something gluten free. I lost the post so I didn’t get to comment on it but I would have liked to because I have the up close and personal scoop.
I’m gluten free due to having IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Because it’s an IBS thing I am also lactose free. Then there are the things I used to love like coconut, honey and garlic that are big IBS triggers. Onion is too but I’m fine with that. There’s also other triggers like bean products such as soy and anything remotely blamed for causing gas type reactions. So often when I find something gluten free it contains one of the other no no’s. At home I have figured out plenty of things I can eat. As much as it may sound like a bummer that there are so many restrictions it’s worth not being in pain.
The trouble is eating out. Ironically McDonald’s is one of the easiest places to enjoy a none threatening meal. I order a grilled chicken patty and a side salad. Then I ask for either a breakfast plate or a large salad bowel so I can cut my chicken up (and large lettuce pieces and cherry tomatoes) and mix it into the salad without it spilling over. The side salad is usually a dollar and the grilled chicken patty is either two dollars or three. These prices may likely be higher in some areas.
I have happily discovered that Olive Garden has a gluten free menu you can get by asking. Yeah Olive Garden! I salute you!
Sadly most other places from my limited restaurant experiences are not so accommodating. It’s almost impossible not to be somewhat irritating. “Do you have a gluten free menu?” “No.?” And it’s pretty much down hill from there. If the answer is no the ideal answer would be, “No, but I’d be happy to give you a few suggestions.” I have seen a few folks try the suggestion thing which usually contains something about salad. Folks don’t seem to understand that one can only eat so much salad and stay sane, or so it feels.
I did have a Taco Bell guy warn me that the beef in the tacos did indeed contain gluten. That was kind of him. So far McDonald’s french fries haven’t had a negative affect on me, well, not an immediate one anyway, but some fries do in other places. It’s amazing where gluten shows up. Thus the issues with stress free ordering.
Well, back to the beginning of this article, just like people are so quick to judge the screaming kid at the market instead of giving the mommy room because there may be more going on then what one sees and has been raised to believe. One also ought to give the person asking a million questions at the restaurant about gluten free food the benefit of a doubt that they may actually not be on a gluten free diet due to a fashion trend but because gluten makes them painfully sick. And, it’s not the g-free persons fault that so many things contain gluten.
Recently I wrote a comment on Subway’s FaceBook page about hoping they get gluten free bread in soon cause I didn’t go there for salad. I had heard they had a few places doing a test run on it. They were gracious enough to answer me and let me know the test areas didn’t sell much so they are not going to provide gluten free bread at this time. I did appreciate the fact that they took the time to answer me. That’s a big star on their customer service side. But I wonder what happened with the test areas. The gluten problem isn’t a small one, there’s a lot of folks finding they can’t eat it. I wonder if it was the area or the way they advertised it.
I give big kudos to Chex. They have put out a wonderful line of Chex cereals that are gluten free. Though it’s limited to Chex type morsels, they at least have a variety of flavors. My favorite being vanilla, it tastes like cake. But, be warned, if you eat it too often you’ll likely end up hating it.
I’m also hoping the gluten free industry gets big enough that companies will lose the excuse of having to over charge due to having to have a special place to make the products or having to sanitize their normal factory machines before producing gluten free products. That would just be so financially nice.
I still have a lot to learn about gluten free options. So far the cake and cookie substitutes taste a lot like Jiffy Mix Corn Bread even though many of them are made from rice. The bread and cracker type items have a very dough like taste and texture.
The thing I have to watch out for is the things I can eat. Like natural sugar! I can have that! So what I’m trying to say is I gotta watch out not to get diabetes.
Clothes are an issue as well though so far I haven’t heard people complain. It’s not like I walk into a clothing store and announce that I need gluten free clothes. Though I must admit it could possibly come to that. Better yet I wish I could announce I need IBS clothes. My abdomen is very sensitive. The whole abdomen, as in all of it. From top to bottom. It’s super uncool. Some of this may be more then the IBS, could also be related to the acid reflux.
You know those things called Spanks? Yeah, I can’t wear them and pretend I have it all put together. I’ve heard people complain about ladies not wearing spanks type things. Again, an ignorant judgmental complaint. If I wear anything remotely snug let alone tight on my stomach area I end up in extreme pain. I decided to try maternity pants once. I forgot how the high waist band is often quite tight and even though it’s on the upper part of the abdomen it’s still a problem and causes me extreme pain. However maturity shirts and dresses are fine, but then again so are a lot of none maturity shirts and dresses. If I was a dress wearing type person and lived in a warmer climate that would have helped a lot. But I’m not and I don’t. So until I figure something else out it’s lose fitting sweat pants, some stretch pants and other pants and shorts that are a few sizes too big. So far blue jeans have been outed completely, I don’t look too good in suspenders.
But I’m not done yet. Ever heard or even yourself complained about the annoying woman who doesn’t wear a bra? Humm, maybe there’s more to that story. Well, if there isn’t people shouldn’t have to wear something so unnatural if they simply don’t want to.
There was a time I had to very literately stay in my pj’s for as long as I wanted to in order to break the restrictive feeling that I was doing something wrong. The Christian cult leader I was under for eighteen some years had drilled it into me that it was important that I dress for guests the minute I get up cause you never know what God will require of me and I should be read at all times, bla bla and so on. In other words I would get in trouble if I had my PJ’s on for very long after getting up. Thankfully I mostly got that out of my system. I say mostly cause there are often residual things left over from being brain washed and it takes time to get it all out. I say I’m happy I already dealt with this because wearing PJ’s is a wonderful relief for me when I am home. And a big part of that is not wearing a bra. I’ve enjoyed for years the wonderful freeing feeling one gets after taking a bra off at the end of the day but now it’s about more, the bras end up causing pain, even the lousy built in ones end up causing pain after a while. So in other words not every bra less lady is a wanna be hippie forcing you to stare at her boobs. Though I did read recently that it’s healthy to stare at boobs, for men anyway, the article did indicate men and the boobs were supposed to belong to woman. I’m sure there must be exceptions.
But judging braless woman just doesn’t sound healthy to me as is judging most things you actually don’t know much about anyway. Actually if you are the jumping to conclusion type person I suggest you start reading and watching a bunch of positive stuff and helping your brain become nicer. It’s not just you, most of us fall into a negative trap from time to time and need a brain cleaning to help us be more positive, accepting and just giving people a chance and the benefit of a doubt.
On a side note in case anyone is wondering, I do plan to try to “cure” myself naturally when I get some money up to do so. I’ve been given some things to try that sound very possible. I’ll be sure to keep you all updated.
Normally I like to put various pictures throughout my blogs but for now I will not be doing so. The family computer is not doing so well and it’s been difficult enough just getting this blog posted at all. Hopefully I’ll remember to come back by this one and fancy it up a bit more when I get on a system that actually works. For the time being, my apologies for the drabness.
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