I just read an article about a study where people with celiac disease were asked how they felt about being on a gluten-free diet.
The study found that 40% were dissatisfied. That’s nearly half. I have to say, I was astounded!
I am a member of my local CDF support group. A lot of time during our bimonthly meetings is spent socializing and exchanging recipes, as well as a little gossiping… And I always end up talking with someone about the challenges of being gluten free.
From what I’ve seen, most of us who have been at this for a while agree that it takes some work, but it’s better than life with gluten. Some of us (especially me) even feel this is the best thing that ever happened to them.
Yes, I’ve met people who are dissatisfied. Generally they fall into one of three camps: newly diagnosed, parents of a young child with celiac disease, or senior citizens.
The newly diagnosed are still struggling with what they can and can’t eat. Yes, they are frustrated. We all were at first. Young children have issues of peer acceptance that we as adults are better able to deal with, not to mention family issues if only one person in a household is gluten free. Again, makes sense. And the senior population, well…if I was diagnosed at age 75, I might not be happy about changing my diet, either.
But getting back to the study…really, 40% are dissatisfied? I’m amazed. The study above was done on a small population in the UK. I hope they expand their sample size and location – it would be interesting to see if that percentage holds up in other parts of the world.
In light of this news, I’m going to try and spread a little gluten-free happiness. Here are three fun things about being gluten free:
1. Getting to discover new foods. Quinoa! Teff! Sorghum!
2. Getting to speak directly to the chef when I eat out. It makes me feel special.
3. No more stomach aches. Absolutely the best thing, ever!
What are your favorite things about being gluten free? Let me know in the comments section below.