Why Everyone Needs A Gluten Free Friend

With my best friend, Fiona. πŸ™‚

With Debbie and Nicola

We celiacs are lovely people so of course you would want to be our friend but just in case you aren’t completely sold on the idea here are some fantastic reasons why everyone should have at least one gluten free friend! ( Yes, I’m aware this post is a little silly but I thought it would be a bit of fun. )

We won’t eat your favourite snacks. You will never have to worry that we are going to eat all of your favourite cookies when we visit. In fact, you could leave hundreds of glutenous cookies, muffins and cakes at our apartment and they will still be there when you come to pick them up.

We are very helpful guests. When you invite us for dinner we are always more than happy to help with the cleaning, preparation and cooking of the gluten free meal you are making for us. We want to ensure you’re keeping us safe so what better a way than to get involved.

We will introduce you to delicious new restaurants. If you have lived in the same location for a while you may find yourself getting into a pattern of always eating at the same restaurants or grabbing a coffee at the same cafes. This is what I did when I lived in Glasgow..until I was diagnosed that is. As celiacs we are forced to discover new places to eat, places with safe gluten free options more. We are happy to have found somewhere celiac friendly and you, as our friend, get to check out somewhere new.

We will cook you interesting new dishes. Similar to eating out habits, you may be in the habit of cooking the same dishes with the same ingredients. You like what you make so it makes sense but what if there were other delicious things out there you’d never even heard of? When you’re diagnosed as celiac and given the long list of everything you can no longer eat, the hunt is on for new and interesting things we can have. Amaranth, quinoa and buckwheat for example are foods I may not have tried if it weren’t for a world where I could no longer eat most bread, pasta and noodles. We celiacs like to experiment with what we can eat and you will benefit from this too when you’re invited over for a home cooked meal.

We will increase your knowledge of dietary needs. Perhaps you’ve always been considerate of others dietary needs. Perhaps when someone told you in the past that they couldn’t eat cheese or they had an allergy to tofu you were understanding but perhaps you weren’t. I think most of us are guilty of rolling our eyes at some point when a friend of a friend passes on a snack because of (insert reason here). Once you have a close friend or family member who must follow a 100% gluten free diet for medical reasons it helps you to understand how serious and challenging living with certain food allergies, intolerances and auto immune disorders can be.

 

Triangle of friends πŸ™‚

All dressed up

If I’ve missed out on any other awesome reasons why everyone should have a gluten free friend, please let me know and I’ll add it to the list! πŸ™‚

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  • How about celiacs tend to be interesting individuals. I’ve noticed with my girls that since “fitting in” and “being like everyone else” is not an option, they are amazing, unique, and strong young ladies who are not afraid to be themselves, despite being at an age where following the crowd is what’s expected. From what I know of you, you seem to be one of those too. πŸ™‚

  • This is a great one, Charmaine. Your comment put a huge smile on my face, thank you πŸ™‚

  • I loved this! i even posted the link on facebook, as if my friends needed more reasons to love me though right? i kid of course. Another one could be we make for interesting topic conversations about food? i found when i tell new people who dont know me that i cant eat gluten they come up with 101 questions to ask, so on the up side meeting new people they always have something to talk to me about πŸ˜›

  • Thanks, Panda! I like this. I too get tonnes of questions when I first tell people that I can’t eat gluten. It definitely keeps the conversation going when you meet new people….they always want to know why you can’t eat it, what happens if you do, what gluten is in, etc and I find that most people I meet find it pretty interesting πŸ™‚

  • A great list!

    Here’s another…you get extra food! My husband regularly gets the gluten containing component of my meal when it gets adapted, for example an Yorkshire pudding on his plate of Sunday roast or a side order of regular bread. At work, when goodies are bought to be shared, my colleagues take my portion. When it comes to Krispy Kreme’s, I thank God I can’t eat them!

  • I like this one, Sian and I totally agree! My husband always benefits from extra glutenous food. Also when somewhere is giving out samples of muffins or cookies he always gets two! πŸ™‚

  • I’m always baking so I have “leftover” gluten-free cake I always try to palm off onto my friends! (no complaints yet though)

  • Yes! Another great perk of having a gluten free friend, Samantha! πŸ™‚ Who doesn’t like free cake?

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