It’s hard to trust other people cooking for you when the consequences are so serious if something goes wrong. Fact! If you’re celiac and you accidentally eat gluten it can be a pretty horrible experience so there’s no way you can have just anyone cooking for you. When I was first diagnosed with celiac I felt a little mean saying no to people who wanted to cook me a nice ‘gluten free’ meal. I say ‘gluten free’ because I’m pretty sure some of the meals made for me in earlier days were not completely free from cross contamination. Pretty quickly though I got comfortable saying no and these days I have absolutely no concerns with saying NO! Sorry but you can’t cook for me unless I really trust that you fully understand what you’re doing.
Eating out for most people is a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Enjoying a chilled glass of wine whilst someone else cooks and serves you a delicious meal. Wonderful, right?Â Sort of….
When you suffer from food allergies, intolerances or in my case celiac disease the whole experience of eating out isn’t quite as relaxing as it used to be. It can be stressful when you find yourself sitting in anticipation, hoping that the stranger in the kitchen understands the real threat to you which exists if he cooks your gluten free noodles in the same pot that was just used to cook whole wheat pasta.
Having even close friends and family cook for you can be a high anxiety experience. When you’re celiac, you live your strict gluten free life 24/7. Gluten Free has become the most common word in your vocabulary! You know where gluten can hide and you constantly read and double check labels to ensure you make safe choices. When you aren’t forced to live with something like celiac you don’t completely understand it, it isn’t always at the top of your radar and so you’re therefore more likely to make mistakes when preparing a gluten free meal.
How about if the person cooking for you does live with celiac disease 24/7 just like you.
What if gluten free is also the most common word in their vocabulary.
What if they too spend hours in the supermarket double checking labels.
What if they too are always online looking for restaurants with gluten free menus and making calls to manufacturers to quiz them on cross contamination issues.
Simply because someone is celiac like you does it mean you would feel comfortable having them cook for you?
Some of you may be thinking. ‘Of course!’ and others ‘Are you kidding me? Of course not!’ and this probably comes down to what type of celiac you are yourself. Presumably it also depends which celiac and what kind of celiac wants to cook for you as we don’t all treat this disease in the same way.
Do they take it as seriously as you do?
Are they as careful as you are about the products they use?
Do they make risks that have you freaking out in your gluten free skin?
You can definitely trust me to cook for you if we ever meet! I promise to keep you safe. Do you trust me? Share your thoughts in the comments below..