It seems lately that wherever you turn, the media has decided that unless you have celiac disease, you should be eating wheat.
There is no in between-gluten intolerance simply does not exist in the eyes of the world. This viewpoint needs to change.
It does not help that eliminating gluten is the biggest trend since the low fat diet. Carbs have an evil reputation; they must be avoided at all costs.
Whether it’s a celebrity, or your next door neighbor, people have got it in their heads that a gluten free diet is healthy. Well, as someone who is gluten intolerant, I am here to tell you it isn’t. I can’t for the life of me understand why someone would want to put themselves through the hell of trying to avoid gluten at restaurants, grocery stores, picnics, weddings, and all of life’s little celebrations. Not to mention the expense.
Why does the media portray those of us with gluten intolerance as faddists, or worse, fanatics? Please don’t lump me in with Gwyneth Paltrow. Yes, I a tested negative for celiac, and yes, I am self diagnosed. But I did my homework and my elimination diet.
If you can tolerate wheat, there is no reason to stop eating it. Plain and simple. Those of you who state “I can’t eat gluten” then proceed to eat a piece of chocolate cake, are in the same league as the “diet soda” people who eat a Big Mac and fries. You are making the lives of the gluten intolerant a living nightmare. Please stop.
I have heard stories from people that their physician told them that celiac disease does not exist, then proceeded to send them to a psychiatrist. If a proven immune disease like celiac does not exist in the eyes of the medical establishment, what hope do the gluten intolerant have?
We do exist. We do suffer. And we do ok. So please stop bashing us.