Being gluten free can be difficult, aside from the literal food portion.
People think you are doing it simply to be a “cool kid”, you’re just following a trend. When really, I’m doing it because of my health, for ME.
People make comments like, “Oh, you can have a bite of gluten! It’s not going to kill you.” or “Oh…you’re one of those people? *rolls eyes*” and then proceed to ask a million questions and try to change my mind or “show me”, how my lifestyle is somehow wrong.
Now, these moments come up all the time. Especially, if food is involved and I decline certain things. I’m always pressured to eat it, “Oh come on, it’s SO good!” or simply asked, “Why?” because no one seems to be able to take no for an answer. There has to be an explanation, but I digress.
While I normally just shrug off what people think about my lifestyle, one thing has been irritating me. Most of the time, when someone asks me why I’m not eating the pizza at a work event or why I’m not eating the pasta salad Jane made (because nobody likes you Jane, your Mother is a hamster and your Father smells of elderberries.) I will simply say, “I’m gluten free”, as would any of us in this sub-reddit.
But when they start questioning me about it (they always do) and find out I’m NON-Celiac Gluten sensitive, their whole vibe changes. Like, because I’m not on the heaviest side of the spectrum, I’m somehow making it up that I can’t have gluten and from there comes the, “So, if you’re not sick, why can’t you just eat gluten and deal with it?” or “So. You’re not really allergic to gluten, you’re just on a diet”
They act as if I’m mocking the gluten free community. It’s the reason I won’t mention it, until I have to. Because I just don’t want to play twenty questions or listen to the ridiculous comments people say all the time.
Anyone else relate to this?
ETA: I leave you people for one minute and my inbox is flooding with notifications, haha. But thank you so much for all the support being shown in the comments. It makes me feel better that I’m not the only one to have gone through this crap (literally). Luckily, my family and friends are very supportive. But there’s no one around, whose like me and can understand my woes. Huzzah for Reddit!