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2014-07-08 12:37:07 PM

2KanZam: (U do have a point- I need a high protein, med complex carb breakfast to keep my blood sugar from spiking in the eve, which has a tremendously cascading affect on my appetite and weight gain)

People should get to know their bodies...it helps ALOT!


Who is this "ALOT" person, and how does it help him or her?
 
2014-07-08 12:37:31 PM
Smoking was good for you, once upon a time.

The science can change, people.
 
2014-07-08 12:38:43 PM
Not Celiac, but I definitely have a wheat allergy.  I get sick and inflamed if I eat any.

This does not cause me to order "special" things at a restaurant.  I just don't eat bread or any of it's related products.
 
2014-07-08 12:39:21 PM

ongbok: Robo Beat: I've known exactly one person in my life who had celiac disease, back in college.  When the rest of us were cutting our binge-drinking teeth on watery Natty Light at keg parties, she would carry around her own personal bottle of tequila, or sometimes rum.  That girl was one hard-drinkin' Lincoln.

Last I heard, she's a nun.  Ironically, the sisters at her convent run a bakery that produces nothing but communion wafers, which are basically just pressed wheatpaste.

Talk about penance.


It turns into Jesus meat in your mouth and Jesus is gluten-free.
 
2014-07-08 12:39:54 PM
I forgot to rip on the "clean eating" bullshiat. My bad.
 
2014-07-08 12:40:02 PM

Jaden Smith First of His Name: Jesus is gluten-free


what do they make those farking wafers out of?
 
2014-07-08 12:40:15 PM
Since we now know that ulcers are caused by bacteria, it's possible that the epidemic of ulcers was just that--an epidemic brought on in part by modern mass-produced food and ersatz foods that don't give the digestive system an adequate work-out. The back-pain "fad" could have been the result of a more sedentary work and life-style, combined with such novelties as telephones, pneumatic mail delivery, etc.

I wouldn't write off everything health and diet related as a fad.

Still, it's clear to me that a lot of people are somewhat hypochondriac when it comes to food. A lot of the "allergies" or "intolerance" or such are largely imaginary, perhaps even culture-bound ailments (like the shrinking-penis panic in China, the penis-theft panic of Africa, etc.

For each allergy or food intolerance, there is a small number of genuine sufferers and a large halo of less serious cases or hypochondriacs who explain the effects of obesity or pigging-out or simply a bit of indigestion or food poisoning by the handy and fashionable malady that media is peddling at the moment. Annoying but it's hard to tell the deluded from the genuine cases.

I'm not surprised if you have a problem with cheese if you scarf down a two pound package in a weekend though. That's not lactose intolerance. That's a cry for help from your over-worked digestive system. Your digestive tract is trying to call FEMA.
 
2014-07-08 12:40:36 PM

vudukungfu: Jaden Smith First of His Name: Jesus is gluten-free

what do they make those farking wafers out of?


Air and shame.
 
2014-07-08 12:41:47 PM

jehovahs witness protection: 90% of the "gluten free" crowd actually have no idea what gluten really is.
Just ask them.


What exactly do you expect as an answer, anyway?

I'm going to guess that most dieters can't explain the biochemical differences between carbs, fats and proteins to begin with. What more do most people need to know beyond "something in wheat"?
 
2014-07-08 12:42:36 PM

buckler: the odds would seem to dictate that if gluten problems were as prevalent as the faddists make them out to be, that number should have been considerably higher.


I know 3 folks that have celiac and my son has a wheat allergy.  I know of 0 people that eat gluten free by choice.  In any case, it is not crap here.  As you know, other folks mileage may vary.

And if the pretentious folks bother you that much, what the hell are you doing on Fark?  Or do you just like to complain about others?
 
2014-07-08 12:42:40 PM

Carn: I'm pretty sure he was joking, since he brought up the old fark joke about Quinn.  I think posting the pic is still a bannable offense?  Or at least earns you a fark holiday.


I've gotten many, many 24 hour time outs for posting it. It's one of the few pics that FARK will try to automatically filter out of a post now.
 
2014-07-08 12:42:45 PM

lilplatinum: Vangor: Either Chopin, which is potato based and therefore naturally gluten-free, or Tito's, which due to distillation procedures is gluten-free, are both excellent options if you haven't found a good enough vodka yet. The latter is less expensive and becoming increasingly more common.

All distilled alcohols are gluten free, even if distilled from wheat.


Sigh, if you read what he was responding to, my wife isn't celiac, she is allergic to wheat so we had to find a vodka that was not grain based. I had found a decent Polish one that works. Also there is a company called spud that makes a sweet potato base vodka we want to try.
 
2014-07-08 12:43:27 PM
Same here. I can handle a slice of pizza or two at the most every couple of weeks, but I notice a distinct effect. Usually I get all "mucous-y" and that's when I need to stop. Same thing with certain beers.

Wife on the other hand, cannot handle most, if not all, grains. She'll be in the bathroom for 24 hours.

/so when I want her out of my way, I sprinkle breadcrumbs into whatever I cook for dinner and just say it's fennel seed or something
//I don't really
///but I could
 
2014-07-08 12:44:59 PM
Do "health" food stores still sell Seitan?  I wonder how they justify it...
 
2014-07-08 12:45:47 PM

brantgoose: For each allergy or food intolerance, there is a small number of genuine sufferers and a large halo of less serious cases or hypochondriacs who explain the effects of obesity or pigging-out or simply a bit of indigestion or food poisoning by the handy and fashionable malady that media is peddling at the moment.


Allergies are generally easily tested for and diagnosed and should probably be removed from your rant.  Food intolerance, on the other hand can definatly be a catch-all
 
2014-07-08 12:48:02 PM

rikkards: lilplatinum: Vangor: Either Chopin, which is potato based and therefore naturally gluten-free, or Tito's, which due to distillation procedures is gluten-free, are both excellent options if you haven't found a good enough vodka yet. The latter is less expensive and becoming increasingly more common.

All distilled alcohols are gluten free, even if distilled from wheat.

Sigh, if you read what he was responding to, my wife isn't celiac, she is allergic to wheat so we had to find a vodka that was not grain based. I had found a decent Polish one that works. Also there is a company called spud that makes a sweet potato base vodka we want to try.


Dude, some of the best ones are wheat-free.
http://titosvodka.com/faq/   Tito's is awesome.
http://www.ciroc.com/
 
2014-07-08 12:48:13 PM

aseras: Since so many people have fake allergies and so many asshole servers and chefs thinks allergies are a joke I usually drop my big ass bag of pills and epipens on the table after I say I have an allergy to whatever and that I'm NOT joking.


When I was a server, if you did that with a sense of humor about it, knowing that other people without actual problems were being a PIA, that would have gotten a big laugh from me, and probably freebies in appreciation.
 
2014-07-08 12:49:14 PM

HeadLever: varnigus: Have you ever had someone with dietary restrictions over for dinner? It very quickly becomes my problem. Pain in the ass trying to cook for them when you have exactly zero experience doing accommodating such restrictions, and my food doesn't come out quite as delicious as as it would otherwise.

When other people's silly diets affect my life in any way, I get annoyed.

That is why when we go places, we generally bring food for our son.  Much simpler that way, so long as you have a bit of time available.


That's what Mrs. Smurf has to do when we go to 4H events.  It's no big deal for us since the relatively minor diet restrictions mean we have to eat better tasting food.  It drives the other parents crazy when they're stuck eating shiatty concession stand burgers or slimy nachos and we're eating thin sliced smoked pork loin wrapped around smoked lentils.
 
2014-07-08 12:49:32 PM

vudukungfu: Jaden Smith First of His Name: Jesus is gluten-free

what do they make those farking wafers out of?


Same stuff they use to make ice cream cones--not the waffle cones, the plain ones. It's a basic unleavened bread--salt, flour, water. Maybe not even the salt.

Communion wafers are made in a factory in Montreal. I saw a filler item on TV when I was young.

The waste bread between the wafers is toasted and sold as a snack food. They call it Hostie toastie, which is also a mild blasphemy. Tastes exactly like the ice cream cones we used to eat as kids, with or without ice cream in them. It's the Holy Toast. Well, more like the grill you punch paper bingo markers out of if you buy a cheap home bingo game for a couple of bucks at the Dollar ou Deux store. Yes, it is delightfully bland and tastes just like ice cream cones.
 
2014-07-08 12:50:56 PM
Now if we would just tell those who claim to be ADD/ADHD to go exercise.
 
2014-07-08 12:52:34 PM

hasty ambush: Now if we would just tell those who claim to be ADD/ADHD to go exercise.


Will probably work for those claiming depression, except for women as depression and tn need for meds seems to part of their DNA
 
2014-07-08 12:53:41 PM

weddingsinger: And for you folks who *think* you're 'gluten intolerant,' science says its probably something else: poorly absorbed, short-chain carbs.

The science:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23648697


Thank you so much!  I can't wait to try out my new diet low in cottage cheese, ice cream, soy, mangoes, HFCS, flour tortillas, etc.

/seriously, I may have to try some of the recommendations suggested for a low FODMAP diet.  Most of the things in the limit column seem like they're better left out of the diet anyhow.
 
2014-07-08 12:53:47 PM

foo monkey: rikkards: lilplatinum: Vangor: Either Chopin, which is potato based and therefore naturally gluten-free, or Tito's, which due to distillation procedures is gluten-free, are both excellent options if you haven't found a good enough vodka yet. The latter is less expensive and becoming increasingly more common.

All distilled alcohols are gluten free, even if distilled from wheat.

Sigh, if you read what he was responding to, my wife isn't celiac, she is allergic to wheat so we had to find a vodka that was not grain based. I had found a decent Polish one that works. Also there is a company called spud that makes a sweet potato base vodka we want to try.

Dude, some of the best ones are wheat-free.
http://titosvodka.com/faq/   Tito's is awesome.
http://www.ciroc.com/


Welcome to Canada. Sucks to be me.
 
2014-07-08 12:54:38 PM

varnigus: Egoy3k: Why is everybody so invested in what other people eat.  If they have highly restricted diets then they need to understand that accommodating them will be difficult for others and have some patience with them. Likewise everybody else needs to relax about what other people are eating because it's none of our business what goes into someone else's mouth.

Have you ever had someone with dietary restrictions over for dinner? It very quickly becomes my problem. Pain in the ass trying to cook for them when you have exactly zero experience doing accommodating such restrictions, and my food doesn't come out quite as delicious as as it would otherwise.

When other people's silly diets affect my life in any way, I get annoyed.


That's why I tell people well in advance what I can and can't eat, and if they mention something on the menu I can't have from the get-go I just eat before I come over.  People should get that they are in the minority and that they should bend over backwards for the rest of the party's comfort.  Not the other way around.  Ironically, this attitude makes people more willing to bend over backwards for you.

I actually refused to tell my fiance's family what I could have before going to thanksgiving for the first time. I brought leftovers from my parent's house.  I wasn't going to be the guy that ruined the stuffing.
 
2014-07-08 12:56:30 PM

Smeggy Smurf: It's no big deal for us since the relatively minor diet restrictions mean we have to eat better tasting food.  It drives the other parents crazy when they're stuck eating shiatty concession stand burgers or slimy nachos and we're eating thin sliced smoked pork loin wrapped around smoked lentils.


The only tough part for us is generally the birthday parties.  Our son would really like to have some of that cake that they cut for everyone else, but he is generally OK, with the cupcake we bring. It helps some that the cupcakes are really good, but that does not totally negate his wish to have what the other kids are having.
 
2014-07-08 12:58:32 PM

wingedkat: jehovahs witness protection: 90% of the "gluten free" crowd actually have no idea what gluten really is.
Just ask them.

What exactly do you expect as an answer, anyway?

I'm going to guess that most dieters can't explain the biochemical differences between carbs, fats and proteins to begin with. What more do most people need to know beyond "something in wheat"?


People these days are very ignorant about food but at the same time they are eating more and more specifically. That's a bad combination. We should all (myself included!) know more about what we are eating.

IANAE but gluten adds both flavor and a distinctive texture. Basically, it is the stuff that makes many foods delicious. It is also, somewhat paradoxically, a protein. People who eat gluten-free are often trying to eat low carb but gluten itself is a protein.

Disclaimer: as I said IANAE.
 
2014-07-08 12:58:48 PM
just for the record, I suggest that the obesity problem in america is caused by people consuming more calories each day then they burn.

// do i get a trophy now?
 
2014-07-08 01:00:40 PM
oh boy! I love these diet bashing threads, where everybody on Fark has a double PhD in Nutrition and Biology
 
2014-07-08 01:01:08 PM

hardinparamedic: There are few times when Farkers embarrass me. This is one of them.

God forbid any of you ever have to live through something of this nature. I hope you never have to answer the phone and hear your inconsolably weeping wife on the other end of the line as she mutters the only words she is able to muster "they cant find a heartbeat".

Anyone who does the "welcome to fark" meme can DIAF.

Quinn's ashes set on our piano as a reminder of how deadly of a disease this is. And shame on you for not being more concerned with that.


heh.


welcome to FARK!
 
2014-07-08 01:01:35 PM

brantgoose: a factory in Montreal.


yeah, I've been to bakeries up there.
they have some nice factories.
I used to love it when the ladies from Montreal would stop in my bakery in Vermont and lose their minds.

I finally got my local grocery store to stock coffee crisps.
 
2014-07-08 01:03:44 PM

TyrantII: Czechzican: Yea, my friend is healthy. She is just overweight. She posts other crap too, like things from some juicing website. Just about everything is "This superfood does this! You'll have great results if you stop eating everything and only eat this superfood for a week!" That sort of bollocks.

Moreso, she's in the lower end of middle class, and half the foods she is trying on her family are made with ingredients that cost an arm and a leg. One of her cupcake recipes alone would have cost almost $60 to make. She fusses about money, but won't think twice about dropping $30 on a bottle of oil or $15 on a bag of almond flour, etc.

Here's an idea, if you're fat and want to lose weight DON'T FRAKING MAKE CUPCAKES

Here's what 200 calories looks like:


Now you can starve yourself (and advertise that you're a moron that believes in checkout print rubbish), or you can make lots of interesting dishes that you can actually eat quite a lot of and feel full, all the while losing weight.

If you're starving, you're doing it terribly wrong.

Start off by making a egg white wrap for breakfast.



These things are 200+/- calories (with low fat cheese) and will keep you full for a good 4 hours.  I like mine with peppers, onions, feta and hot sauce; but you can easily add whatever veggies you like.  If you dice and freeze your prep stuff on the weekend, it'll only take 10-15 min to throw together and cook as well.

Or you could have a bowl of soggy, air infused candy and be hungry by the time you get to work.


Why no yolk?
 
2014-07-08 01:04:06 PM
Gluten-free dieters are like hipsters: the only thing worse than gluten-free dieters are the insufferable twats that just HAVE to let every one around them know how annoyed and offended they are at other peoples' dietary choices.
 
2014-07-08 01:04:28 PM

Carn: I think posting the pic is still a bannable offense?  Or at least earns you a fark holiday.


I think posting the quote got you a vacay in the early times.....

it did me, but then it might just be that the mod that day didn't like me much!  :)
 
2014-07-08 01:06:41 PM

udhq: Gluten-free dieters are like hipsters: the only thing worse than gluten-free dieters are the insufferable twats that just HAVE to let every one around them know how annoyed and offended they are at other peoples' dietary choices.


lol.
 
2014-07-08 01:07:55 PM
A magazine once asked 103 people, who *claimed* to be on the Atkins diet, what a carb was.

Fewer than half knew the correct answer was carbohydrates. Popular answers included 'calories', 'fat', and 'cholesterol'.

I strongly suspect this is also true for gluten.
 
2014-07-08 01:09:09 PM

Mr.Poops: oh boy! I love these diet bashing threads, where everybody on Fark has a double PhD in Nutrition and Biology


I'll have you know that I'm studying to be a Naturopath!

/this was a real reaction to a woman who was evangelizing about gluten at a local tea shop when I walked in, where she was just explaining that it wasn't just gluten that was killing everyone, but GENETICALLY MODIFIED gluten!

I explained to her that there was no GM wheat on the market, and that was her reply to keep her little cabal riled up.
 
2014-07-08 01:10:39 PM

Zenith: I have gluten intolerance and why any one would fad diet it is beyond me. feel free to slap them about.


It might be because those insensitive individuals have seen the science.

http://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2014/05/gluten_sensitivity_may_ no t_exist.html

Celiac disease and wheat allergies are real. Gluten intolerance, not so much.
 
2014-07-08 01:10:39 PM

vudukungfu: HeartBurnKid: So where was the "gluten free" label?

On the deli case in front of all the meats.

If would be nice if this country had some kind of a fad where everyone decided the next best thing was to eat sensibly, live in moderation, get enough exercise, socialize with their neighbors and build stronger communities.
But no. We need to isolate ourselves in the most urban areas by staring at screens, and staying indoors. We shovel ice cream in our yaps like it's a reward for breathing, not a reward after milking a cow and picking peaches, and churning a crank for hours. We are the most pampered, and weak society in the universe.
No one cares about where their food comes from just that it is there.  And if that douche waiter doesn't get back here with my zen garden, I'm going to have him fired.


Some deli meats do have gluten, which would be important information to someone with coeliac disease.
 
2014-07-08 01:12:03 PM

Lenny_da_Hog: no GM wheat on the market,


None on this planet.
Quadrotriticale would make a killer beer, though.
/obs?
 
2014-07-08 01:12:37 PM

Jument: wingedkat: jehovahs witness protection: 90% of the "gluten free" crowd actually have no idea what gluten really is.
Just ask them.

What exactly do you expect as an answer, anyway?

I'm going to guess that most dieters can't explain the biochemical differences between carbs, fats and proteins to begin with. What more do most people need to know beyond "something in wheat"?

People these days are very ignorant about food but at the same time they are eating more and more specifically. That's a bad combination. We should all (myself included!) know more about what we are eating.

IANAE but gluten adds both flavor and a distinctive texture. Basically, it is the stuff that makes many foods delicious. It is also, somewhat paradoxically, a protein. People who eat gluten-free are often trying to eat low carb but gluten itself is a protein.

Disclaimer: as I said IANAE.


You seem to be hitting bang on from what I know.  Gluten is a protein in wheat barley and rye.  It is found in trace amounts in corn as well, but at amounts low enough for most gluten intolerant people to not suffer from symptoms.  It works as an excellent binder making it an ideal thickener and component in dough.  Used in breads it allows yeast to rise while providing a stretchy web-like structure for the yeast to release gas into which provides the soft, spongy texture that most people enjoy in breads.  On the contrary, gluten free breads often have large air pockets from the lack of a consistent structure and become extremely crumbly almost immediately.  Think of a stale cornbread as an example of gluten free bread (since most corn bread has wheat flour, I add the "stale" prerequisite).

It is, in fact, delicious.  "Malt" flavoring originated from malted barley and a significant part of that flavor is from gluten.  Malt is a grain that has been soaked in water, allowed to briefly germinate and is then toasted.  This results in a slight smokey flavor as well as indescribable goodness.  That is why "malt", "maltodextrin" and "malt flavoring" is in everything.  Compare regular cornflakes with gluten free cornflakes.  That delicious, delicious difference is malt flavoring.  Luckily they have made significant progress in artificial malt flavorings and corn-derived malts.  The corn is so common I'll sometimes play "rectum roulette" with foods containing maltodextrin just to see if I can have them.

/BTW, Celiac's Disease for Dummies has a surprisingly complete reference on the what gluten is.
//Also a Good Eats (Food Network's Alton Brown) episode.
 
2014-07-08 01:13:20 PM

vudukungfu: Lenny_da_Hog: no GM wheat on the market,

None on this planet.
Quadrotriticale would make a killer beer, though.
/obs?


Yeah, but you'd have to drink it from a covered stein to keep the tribbles out.
 
2014-07-08 01:14:36 PM

mike_d85: That's why I tell people well in advance what I can and can't eat, and if they mention something on the menu I can't have from the get-go I just eat before I come over.  People should get that they are in the minority and that they should bend over backwards for the rest of the party's comfort.  Not the other way around.  Ironically, this attitude makes people more willing to bend over backwards for you.

I actually refused to tell my fiance's family what I could have before going to thanksgiving for the first time. I brought leftovers from my parent's house.  I wasn't going to be the guy that ruined the stuffing.


I like that approach. Probably since you have a real issue (and not the self-diagnosed nonsense that drew the ire of my initial post) and you demonstrate knowledge of your condition and how to combat it, people are quite willing to make sure you are comfortable. Part of it is probably how much of a mystery someone's dietary restrictions can be to people without them, so giving a list of specifics takes a lot of stress out of the ordeal.

I have only very rarely met people with real, medically diagnosed issues. For others, I've taken to placebos (I swear this pizza crust is gluten-free, and that's lactose-free cheese, too).
 
2014-07-08 01:14:57 PM

mschwenk: vudukungfu: HeartBurnKid: So where was the "gluten free" label?

On the deli case in front of all the meats.

If would be nice if this country had some kind of a fad where everyone decided the next best thing was to eat sensibly, live in moderation, get enough exercise, socialize with their neighbors and build stronger communities.
But no. We need to isolate ourselves in the most urban areas by staring at screens, and staying indoors. We shovel ice cream in our yaps like it's a reward for breathing, not a reward after milking a cow and picking peaches, and churning a crank for hours. We are the most pampered, and weak society in the universe.
No one cares about where their food comes from just that it is there.  And if that douche waiter doesn't get back here with my zen garden, I'm going to have him fired.

Some deli meats do have gluten, which would be important information to someone with coeliac disease.


mschwenk: vudukungfu: HeartBurnKid: So where was the "gluten free" label?

On the deli case in front of all the meats.

If would be nice if this country had some kind of a fad where everyone decided the next best thing was to eat sensibly, live in moderation, get enough exercise, socialize with their neighbors and build stronger communities.
But no. We need to isolate ourselves in the most urban areas by staring at screens, and staying indoors. We shovel ice cream in our yaps like it's a reward for breathing, not a reward after milking a cow and picking peaches, and churning a crank for hours. We are the most pampered, and weak society in the universe.
No one cares about where their food comes from just that it is there.  And if that douche waiter doesn't get back here with my zen garden, I'm going to have him fired.

Some deli meats do have gluten, which would be important information to someone with coeliac disease.


But when the "WOW! GLUTEN FREE!" label is a two-color yellow-and-red star that takes up 1/3 of the front of the package, you can be pretty sure it's there for marketing. A crapload of products that never contained gluten have been getting these labels over the last year or two just to appeal to the trend.
 
2014-07-08 01:15:00 PM

foo monkey: Dude, some of the best ones are wheat-free.
http://titosvodka.com/faq/   Tito's is awesome.
http://www.ciroc.com/


The only funnier thing than fake glutards are the people who have preferences for a neutral grain (or spud) alcohol.

/"Super Premium" vodka is one of the biggest marketing fleecings of our era
 
2014-07-08 01:15:01 PM

mschwenk: Some deli meats do have gluten,


If you mean crap counter meats, yes,
I prefer a bit better quality I guess.
Boar's Head. brand here shows you how to do it right.

Not a plug, I just like there products.
think of it as an endorsement, rather.
 
2014-07-08 01:15:23 PM

Typhoid: dready zim: Slives: dready zim: ...
Did you know potatoes had gluten? I didn`t. She can`t eat those even because she said they had gluten.
...

I hope that is you being sarcastic and don't actually believe that potatoes have gluten...

is is me being sarcastic but it is also what she actually said...

I wonder if there was some sort of hilarious misunderstanding because you can't eat french fries (due to contamination with breaded fried things) in most restaurants. She doesn't sound the brightest to try vegan and gluten free (my celiac vegetarian friends eventually gave up the vegetarian part because they liked to be able to eat every once in a while), so I could see that happening.


Wheat is also a common additive to instant mashed potatoes, instant oatmeal, and canned soups.

I have some sort of food insensitivity and considered wheat for a while. It was amazing what they put it in when I started looking.

Don't think that's what was going on here, sounds more like this woman was sick with an eating disorder like anorexia.
 
2014-07-08 01:15:27 PM

HeadLever: udhq: Gluten-free dieters are like hipsters: the only thing worse than gluten-free dieters are the insufferable twats that just HAVE to let every one around them know how annoyed and offended they are at other peoples' dietary choices.

lol.


Project much?

The people who biatch and moan about gluten free dieters just do it because they want attention, and they want to seem above it all.

/Not gluten free, just think the precious little "stop liking what I don't like" busybodies should mind their own damn business.
 
2014-07-08 01:21:26 PM

Iceman_Cometh: The waitress goes on and on about an allergy, when Coeliac disease is an auto immune response, in other words an intolerance, not an allergy.


Allergies are both immune disorders and intolerances.
 
2014-07-08 01:21:46 PM
Food Scientist and Celiac Sprue sufferer here!

This is not a joke for folks like myself.  The life of a Celiac person is hard enough without deniers or phony glutards (it is our word).  I have been through a full regiment of blood work and biopsies and can tell you gluten was in parts of my body it should not have been.  The pain of eating it now that I am clean is enough to lose sleep worrying over (see. any time I cannot vet a restaurant in advance).  I have to struggle daily to keep from getting ill on something that is more than common in the western diet and culture.

THAT SAID:

I don't wish or suggest my diet on anyone.  Eat what your body will allow you in moderation and diversity.  In fact have a beer for me, seriously.  I miss that sweet nectar of the God's more than you can imagine.  Nothing is quite as depressing as watching others eat and drink while you enjoy a water or worse, a cider.

Please don't be a denier.  It's hard enough to live as a pariah and explain your condition to strangers without having to comfort some asshat who is annoyed by the words "Gluten Free" on menus.  My own and other celiac's sufferers lives are filled with more annoyances than seeing something on occasion, I promise you.
 
2014-07-08 01:22:29 PM

udhq: The people who biatch and moan about gluten free dieters just do it because they want attention, and they want to seem above it all.


So are you the pot or the kettle?
 
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