How Allergic Are You?

When the very nice, very helpful server asked me that, after coming back from the kitchen to report on my gluten-free options, I bit back my first response of “Let’s just say I’ll be sick for about a week.” I also resisted my second response, “Technically, it’s an autoimmune disease, not an allergy.”

As much as I’d like to get into *that* discussion, a super-busy lunch hour wasn’t the right place or time. So I looked at her directly and said, “Very.”

The “how allergic?” question is surely the number one pet peeve of all celiac and gluten-intolerant people out there. It shows how little education is being spread to servers and other restaurant staff…and it shows how often these same servers and other staff are subjected to people who simply aren’t truly gluten free. Continue reading “How Allergic Are You?”

Recovering from an Accidental Glutening

99.999% of the times when I get glutened, it’s because of my own stupidity. I jump to conclusions. I make assumptions. I don’t ask questions. And I pay the price.

Today, as I write this, I am waiting for the full impact of yesterday’s accidental glutening to hit me. As my waistline expanded about four sizes — my first big symptom is bloating — I knew I had a fun couple of days ahead of me. Usually, my body takes three to five days to recover from ingesting a small amount of gluten. Continue reading “Recovering from an Accidental Glutening”