“I can’t find anything gluten free”, “Gluten free food tastes awful”, “Being gluten free is too expensive”, “Nothing happens when I just eat a tiny but of gluten.” Have you said any of these things? Have you had heard someone say any of these things? Read on..
Recently I’ve been hearing a whole lot of excuses from some celiacs about why they don’t stick strictly to their gluten free diets. I’ve actually had diagnosed celiacs try to make excuses for cheating right to my face. It always annoys and frustrates me. Of course we should all have the right to choose how we live our lives and what we do with our bodies even if we are hurting ourselves but please, if you have celiac disease and you’re planning to stop your gluten free diet or even cheat and eat that muffin you’ve been craving please take 5 minutes to read this. Just give me a few minutes to try to convince you not to do it.
I get really hungry and can’t find anything gluten free to eat. How can you justify eating something which will make you feel so awful when there are so many safe options available. There are thousands of naturally gluten free foods to choose from. If you’re at home you have access to plenty of gluten free food (because why would you buy gluten containing food if you’re celiac?) If you’re out and about you should always be prepared by having some just in case food with you and even if you forgot a gluten free bar this morning picking up something naturally gluten free like fruit or natural yoghurt to keep you going until you find something more substantial is easy.
Nothing will happen if I just eat a little bit of gluten. Not every celiac will get the typical nasty symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea, gas, fog and muscle pains when they consume gluten but all celiacs who eat gluten are damaging their bodies. Please do not let yourself be fooled by a lack of symptoms!
Gluten free products taste awful. There may have been some truth in this 20 years ago but nowadays there are plenty of amazing gluten free products out there. Some of the best muffins, cakes, cookies and sandwiches I’ve ever eaten have been gluten free. Get out there and see what the gluten free community have to offer. You will be pleasantly surprised!
But gluten just tastes so good! Seriously? This is not a very good excuse. There are so many gluten free products that you wouldn’t even know were gluten free.
I can’t stop eating carbs. Not all carbs are filled with gluten. Did you know that grains such as rice, polenta, quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat are naturally gluten free? Additionally, if it’s pasta you miss then you can get gluten free pasta,noodles and spaghetti pretty easily.
It’s too expensive to stay 100% gluten free. Whilst it’s true that many specially made to be gluten free products are often more costly than their glutenous counterparts, eating naturally gluten free isn’t any more expensive. By sticking to naturally gluten free foods such as gluten free grains, eggs, meats, beans, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds you shouldn’t be paying anymore for your weekly groceries than you did before.
No one else I know is celiac. When you are first diagnosed with something so life changing it feels like you’re all alone and that no one understands what you’re going through but there are a whole bunch of people who do and we are the gluten free community. Join Twitter and meet us. We will help and support you in your transition into gluten free life.
I learned too late in life to go 100% gluten free. It’s never too late to make changes to your diet, especially changes which will stop you suffering from all those horrible symptoms. If you are celiac going gluten free will make you feel heathier, younger and you will get your energy back. It’s also likely to add to your life expectancy as your body will no longer be damaging yourself as it was whilst you continued to eat gluten.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this! Do you know celiacs who cheat? Have you heard similar excuses for not keeping to a gluten free diet? Perhaps you are a celiac who cheats and you don’t agree with what I’m saying? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below..