Discussing GI issues isn't the best ice breaker but sometimes you can get people to laugh about it. "Don't you miss bread?" or "Oh my god, you're Italian, what about pasta?" People are funny, especially when ignorance is their best friend. I'm a post-grad therapist trying to understand what it means to be human. I'm also a newly diagnosed celiac and struggling to understand the "nature of the beast" when it comes to this disease.