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Friday, July 20, 2012

"Food Allergy?"

Over time I've gotten some pretty stupid questions regarding my food disability, whether someone notices I'm not eating, I'm making a special request, or I'm denying that red-headed slut shot... questions always arise.  And believe me they are never intelligent or educated questions.  

Honestly, maybe this is a pessimistic view (which I'm absolutely not a pessimist) but I do not feel it's my job to educate the masses about Celiac's Disease or leading a gluten-free lifestyle.  I think this mindset and let's be serious down right anger comes from people who randomly choose to be gluten-free for crash dieting purposes.  This irritates me to no end.  You can't just choose to be gluten-free like you can choose to be vegetarian.  It doesn't work like that. 

Enough with that rant... The most ridiculous question I get is usually in response to a statement I make - "I have a food allergy."  Although this is the easiest way to explain celiacs instead of going into the whole - actually I have an auto-immune disorder that makes my body attack gluten proteins found in wheat, rye, and barley causing about 100 different symptoms.  Most of us celiacs just say "I have a food allergy."  This statement is absolutely not true so I suppose we bring it on ourselves... it's just easier to explain that way.  

"I have a food allergy."  response: Oh so like anaphaylatic shock?  Will your throat close up?  Will you die if you eat bread?  Will you break out in hives?  

No, none of those things happen, but thanks for asking.  

Get use to the stupid questions - they come from every direction.