If you are a regular reader of my blog you know I don’t follow a strict gluten free diet, but I do like to be aware of the challenges those face when eating gluten free. I feel like it’s part of my job as a Dietitian to fully understand restricted diets; that’s why I have experimented with both gluten free living and vegan living.
I am blessed to not have any medical issues or food intolerances that require me to eat gluten free. I do appreciate finding and creating recipes that accommodate special diets and personally that is why I like to experiment. The only way for me to truly “get it” is to practice living that lifestyle. For me it doesn’t have to be all the time, but it wasn’t until I immersed myself in those special diets myself, that I became more knowledgeable as a Dietitian and wellness coach.
I used to live across the street from a family who had to eat gluten free due to their children’s intolerances to gluten. Once we became friends it gave me the push to try new products that I wouldn’t otherwise bother with. For my daughter’s 3rd birthday we even threw a gluten free cooking party so that those little girls would feel included. The kids decorated their own gluten free pizzas, along with gluten free sugar cookies and cupcakes. It was the first time that I had purposely made everything gluten free and no one suspected a thing. I was thrilled that all the kids were able to eat the same foods and enjoy them!
There is a wide range of people that eat gluten free. In extreme cases, like celiac disease, the tiniest morsel of gluten will trigger debilitating gastrointestinal discomfort and in other cases such as gluten intolerance people have symptoms similar to celiac disease without the intestinal damage. Then there are others that simply want to try the diet for other medical conditions from headaches, to autoimmune diseases. I feel for those people that have to be restrictive, but the more I know about how to follow the diet successfully the better Dietitian I will be.
If you are concerned that you might have an intolerance, make an appointment with your Doctor. If you just want to be better at accommodating other gluten free loved ones in your life, then read those label, try new products and a variety of gluten free recipes. Grocery stores and restaurants have come such a long way and now offer so many gluten free options. That makes me a happy Dietitian.
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