I’m working away today at Starbucks and am writing a wonderful little eBook for you guys about getting started going gluten free and I started thinking more and more about what a negative social stigma there is associated with a gluten allergy.
When we tell restaurants Aaron suffers from a tree nut allergy, the go above and beyond to make sure he is safe. But when I tell people I have a gluten allergy, it isn’t taken as seriously. Do they think just because I don’t get hives and my symptoms are different, the allergy isn’t as important?
Why are people afraid to tell the waiter or chef they suffer from a FOOD ALLERGY? It is the restaurants responsibility to ensure people dining in their establishment have a safe meal. I’m not embarrassed explaining my needs because I don’t want to get sick or have continued long term damage due to this illness.
It’s not a diet just because Miley Cyrus said she got skinny when she went gluten free. It is a lifestyle and a lifelong disease for many people struggling with celiac and gluten intolerance’s around the world.
Dining at places like Wildfire in Chicago really made me believe there is hope out there for other establishments to follow suit and make everyone feel welcome.
YOU ARE NOT AN OUTSIDER just because you have a food allergy. You are a human being.
Would you feel guilty if you had any other “normalized” allergy or handicap where you needed extra assistance?
If you broke you leg and needed special seating arrangements, would you feel bad asking for them?
It is our right as a consumer to be safe.
It is our right as a human being to be able to go out to eat with ridicule or feeling like no one understands.
If I want to go somewhere that is educated on gluten over and over again – that is my choice. And I usually end up spending a lot of money there AND recommending them to everyone I know along with writing a positive review on here for all of you to see. But restaurants and food establishments need to know there is a need, there is a desire that their clients want these things or they will never change.
There are times where I don’t have the best experience. That is OK too if after they were notified of the problem, they apologized and made up for it.
Don’t let these places or your friends/family steam roll you into thinking you are weird, a hypochondriac or shouldn’t be treated like anyone else.
We all have to take a united stand to let people know this isn’t a fad, it’s not a celebrity diet and it is a serious, life threatening food allergy and auto-immune disease.
Stand up for yourself. Stand up for those around you suffering from the same problems!
Share sites like this that promote positivity and confidence.
Don’t let other people think they are alone in this journey, because they aren’t!