gentle reminder that “gluten-free” is not just a diet buzzword
that Celiac Disease and other gluten sensitivities are a thing and that cutting back on or eliminating gluten can also help people with other autoimmune disorders feel better
and that hearing people laugh at the words that make a food something you can eat is kind of hurtful
and more importantly that scoffing at that kind of thing promotes the attitude that it’s never necessary and that it’s okay for servers to be careless, or, in the worst cases, decide that someone ‘doesn’t need to be on a diet’
A family friend with Celiac once accidentally ate one tiny little meatbal she didn’t realize had trace amounts of gluten in it… and then basically spent the entire rest of the night and the next day on the toilet, feeling like she was going to vomit, wondering if she needed to go to the hospital. So it is a diet fad to a lot of people, for reasons I honestly don’t understand, but it’s certainly not a “fad” or an “option” to the people who actually have Celiac and CAN’T eat gluten or else IMMUNE SYSTEM DISASTER. I might have to go gluten free and believe me, it sucks. I’m not going to do it just for funzies. In fact, I’m not even “officially” doing it until I get my lab results for sure one way or the other, because I don’t want to do it and I’m letting myself believe I can still eat gluten until I know for sure I can’t. (I’m so mature. Oh yeah.)
Another example of the difference: I need to cut down a lot on carbs for other health reasons (high cholesterol), but that is a dietary “choice”- I’ll be signing myself up for lots of health problems later in life if I don’t cut down a lot, but I’m not going to end up terribly sick any time I decide to have any trace amount of carbs.
Whereas, if I am gluten intolerant and I go off it completely, I’m sure I would get very sick if I tried to eat some again, once I let it get completely out of my system. Which by the way, can take like 4 months?? That’s crazy. I think that’s crazy anyway. No wonder it’s such a disaster for people who can’t have it. That shit stays in your system like your 35 year old son who’s been living in your basement for years and won’t even try to get a job.
Here’s some fantastic news for your Friday: On Thursday, the California Senate unanimously approved a new bill that defines sexual consent as a firm “yes” rather than a lack of “no.”
This is a big win for anti-rape activists, many of whom have been touting the necessity of an “affirmative consent” standard for years. California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has the next month to sign the bill into law. If he does, schools across the state would be required to define consent before engaging in sexual activity as an “affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement” or risk losing state financial aid funding.