I've just been diagnosised with Celiac and have been eating gluten free for the past week. Going ok so far, but I have a question about a scenario that I'm sure will come up.
In the course of my reading up on the disease, I've read in many places that any gluten is bad; a quote I've read several times is that one crumb is the same as eating a loaf of bread. I understand (mostly) the autoimmune response and the fact that it attacks your small intestine even if you have no external symptoms.
But what happens when you're in a situation that eating gluten becomes unavoidable? Specifically, something like a family party, where I can bring my own food and insult the host, or be almost assured of being CCed. Even if there are gluten free options (say, turkey, fresh veggies, etc), they've been prepared in the same kitchen as all the gluten products by someone who does't understand CC the way I do.
Given this situation, where I'm almost assuredly eating some amount of gluten, should I just go whole-hog? If a crumb is the same as a loaf of bread, why not just eat the bread, assuming I can handle the external symptoms (I get a mild stomach ache and some heartburn, nothing major)?
I fully intend to stick to this diet, as much as I may not be thrilled about it, but I'm trying to make sure I know how I handle myself when I'm out (already went out once, had to pass on the eating). Thanks for any advice.