Especially soon after a celiac disease diagnosis, living with celiac disease or eating gluten free can seem pretty complicated. You might find yourself wondering: what’s the difference between a food that is labeled “gluten free” versus “certified gluten free”? How can I let my date know they need to brush their teeth before kissing me without totally freaking them out? What’s the best gluten free bread that actually doesn’t taste like cardboard?
Be Glutten Free And Be Happy Always
It’s because of these hidden complexities of living with celiac disease that I wrote this post about 13 simple moments that make gluten free eaters riiiidiculously happy! ‘Cause, sure, our intestines may be may picky than the average person, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t enjoy simple pleasures. So if you have celiac disease or eat gluten free, I hope this post makes you smile and remember a few good, simple moments recently…and if you don’t eat gluten free but know someone who does, here are a few ways you can easily make that person’s day!
- Sitting down at a new restaurant and seeing gluten free options – complete with a “separate fryer” note – on the menu.
- Baking a loaf of gluten free bread that doesn’t automatically turn into a sinkhole after you take it out of the oven. Or buying gluten free bread that actually doesn’t taste like cardboard
- Meeting someone also shopping the “gluten free” aisle of the grocery store and immediately becoming GF besties.
- Going to a party and realizing that the host set aside a few gluten free snacks just for you. We don’t expect accommodations…but it sure is nice and makes us feel extra loved!
- Successfully gluten-free-izing an old family recipe…and fooling your family into thinking it’s still gluten-full!
- Walking out of the grocery store without spending way more than your weekly grocery budget.
- Going out to eat and learning that your waiter’s aunt has celiac disease, so he knows all the in’s and out’s of making a safe, gluten free meal.
- Realizing that one of your old favorite foods (pre-celiac or before going gluten free) is actually gluten free. One prime example: Nutella.
- Being able to eat at a social event, just like everyone else. Something I definitely missed at all of the pizza parties in college!
- Discovering that a restaurant not only has gluten free options, but at least one epic gluten free dessert. Like this epic dessert from Outback.
- Finding a gluten free cookie recipe that doesn’t a) require a bunch of weird ingredients and b) tastes pretty dang delicious..
- Being able to share meals or eat off of a friend or family member’s plate. Which is one reason why eating at 100% gluten free restaurants and bakeries is the bomb.
- Seeing your fave gluten free product is on sale for half price.
A lot of times, when people first hear that I have celiac disease or need to eat gluten free, their first reaction is: “You can’t eat gluten?!? If I had to give that up, I’d just die!”
And I get it. Some days, I’d really freakin’ wish I could just eat whatever I want, regardless of the ingredients or whether it’s touched something with wheat.