Having coeliac disease is never easy. From reading ingredients lists and negotiating meals out to having to discuss your bowel habits with strangers, there’s plenty us coeliac disease sufferers have to put with with. Here are 12 things everyone with coeliac disease has done – but might not admit to! How many can you tick off the list?
Thought about what life would be like if you just stuffed your face with bread/cake/donuts/other gluten-filled things
…and then instantly freaked out and slapped yourself out of it.
Told someone eating gluten ‘just gives you a stomach ache’…
Because really telling someone you’ve just met that it makes you have terrible diarrhoea is a bit of a conversation killer at a dinner party.
…or told someone you’ll die if you eat gluten
In my defence they were being VERY annoying and kept asking me what would happen if I just tried a little bit. Problem solved.
Over-excitedly accepted a gift from a friend which wasn’t gluten free
They tried SO hard to find something you could eat, they don’t have to know you threw it away/fed it to the dog/donated it to a food bank (delete as applicable)
Been asked how you cope without cheese
Dairy comes from cows. Gluten comes from grain. Is it really so hard to understand?
Nearly cried at a dinner party
There is nothing worse than sitting there with extreme food envy because there’s nothing you can eat
Felt seriously embarrassed when eating out
Grilling the waiter about the contents of each meal and their cross contamination procedures can be a bit awkward when the whole restaurant is watching you.
Faked a smile when someone has brought you ANOTHER pack of Mrs Crimbles coconut macaroons
Remember when that was all we could eat? WHY is that all people buy their gluten free friends!?
Frantically eaten before going to a restaurant/party/wedding
Just in case there isn’t much you can eat. And then there is. And you barely eat anything.
Felt too awkward to ask a friend/relative about their cooking processes
And suffered the consequences afterwards, regretting it a lot.
Spent several hours debating whether to eat a food which says it ‘may contain’ gluten
Should I? Shouldn’t I? How great a risk is it? Shall I post in a Facebook group?
Had to resist lecturing someone who said they don’t eat gluten ‘because it’s healthier’
Give me the damn doughnuts and be done with it! How dare you resist them through choice!
Want some more coeliac humour?
If you want a giggle, give these other posts a read!
- 19 things you’ll only understand if you have coeliac disease
- 13 things every coeliac feels about gluten free chocolate brownies
- 18 things that happen when you eat out on a gluten free diet