Originally Posted by beau159
I guess you could say I have a "sore spot" against those who choose to eat a gluten free diet, than for those with CD who are medically forced to. Nowadays its not as big of a deal as more and more companies are making gluten free foods, but I remember all the days with my dad in years past. Us kids would have cookies and cake and goodies to eat, and he could never have any of it. And for a long while, even noodles. We'd make separate food for us, and we'd make separate food for him. And we sampled it --- it never tasted as near as good as the real thing. As a child, I always felt sad that he couldn't eat the "good stuff" like us. Again, there's a ton more things available now than there were 20 years ago, and quite tasty stuff too, but it still rubs me the wrong way from those past experiences. Eat your gluten and enjoy it too, if you can!
I have a hard time with the "fad dieters" because I believe it keeps the prices of gluten free stuff super high.
I guess I don't have an issue with those who don't have an official diagnosis that are trying to see if a Gfree diet will help them out, or even those who feel eating Gfree will help their health (holistic chiros recommend cutting out gluten a lot). What I DO take issue with is people who CHOOSE not to eat certain things comparing themselves to people who have autoimmune disorders like Celiac as if it's the same thing.
I had a hard time at work at first because people were always bringing in yummy looking things like bakery goodies, homemade bars, etc. My coworker would say things like, "You and I CAN'T eat it." Yes, I do think it's wonderful that you're doing Weight Watchers and counting calories, but you being on a diet is NOT the same thing as me having Celiac Disease. You might gain a few pounds if you eat that doughnut but my body will reject it and begin attacking itself.
I tried to tell myself she was probably just being nice and trying to make it so I didn't feel like an outsider... but in reality she was the kind of person who, if you had a medical condition, she had a WORSE medical condition. Sort of an attention seeking thing, I guess.