I do not have Celiac disease. I have been running into articles that claim I am just a rich white woman pretending to have a trendy disease. My skin color doesn’t factor in and for what it’s worth, I would rather not have to have any disease–I don’t want anyone to have any disease! And rich? I wish!
I am eating gluten-free (and paleo at times) because it makes me feel better. I am not claiming to have any disease, but I am claiming that when I eat breads my asthma gets worse. When I don’t eat breads, I don’t need my super expensive asthma medication ($250/month). I also notice that my eczema isn’t as bad. In addition, I don’t get an ache in my intestines or bloat. So if changing how I eat makes me feel better, what should anyone else care about the color of my skin or the amount of money in my bank account?
To be fair, I thought the gluten-free thing was another health fad. And I have tried my share of diets and health fads in order to lose weight, but after a while one seems just as effective as another. I love bread. I have always loved bread. I didn’t even realize how much I loved bread until I had to try to go 30 days without it. But going into it, I knew that if I didn’t feel a difference in my health at least, then the only thing I lose is not eating bread for those 30 days.
But I did notice a difference.
So if it healthier for me forgo breads and other gluten foods. Then I am going to do it. I will probably eat some bread once in a while, knowing it will make me sick, but that is my decision.
I really shouldn’t have to justify what foods I choose to eat, but I feel like I have to. When I say “[this food] makes me feel sick” I still get strange looks. If it was a dairy-based food, people just accept it, but with grains, I am making the whole thing up. If it was meat or I claimed to be a vegetarian or vegan, I should expect to see someone rolling their eyes. There was a time when people sneered at the whole grain movement too, but now everything is advertised with whole grains.
The bottom line, I know how certain foods affect my body. If I choose not to eat it because I don’t like how it makes me feel, then people need to accept that.