I have the same argument with people claiming intolerances are the same as allergies. Sure, lactose makes your tummy hurt. It can kill my child. So not the same thing.
It is an attitude like this that just slays me. This coming from a person with multiple food intolerances. And my daughter has multiple food intolerances. Does the thing have to kill you to make it be bad? Lactose is not our problem. I can't speak to how much a lactose intolerance can affect a person. But I do know how our foods that we are intolernant to affect us.
For my daughter? They put her in Special Ed. School thought she had ADD. Nope! She was just so sick so much of the time, and her stomach was in so much pain, she couldn't pay attention. Both of us were constantly running to the bathroom with the big D. Chronic ear, throat and sinus infections. When she ate peanuts or had something with peanut oil, she'd get a weird, seeping sort of a nose bleed. Not like a regular nose bleed. But a watery, bloody dishcharge that did not want to stop. And now I'm getting the same. What could it be? I don't know. We also got skin rashes. She had scratched her scalp bloody because I used a shampoo with something she was intolerant to.
Nope. These things won't kill us. But they will adversely impact our lives. Sometimes for as much as several days at a time. And that's no fun!
I don't like it when people say stuff like, "My thing is worse than your thing." I also wouldn't go so far as to say that a food intolerance couldn't kill. Like I said, we used to get horrible sinus infections. I worked with a guy who got what was called a "super" sinus infection. He almost died. Some people have died from sinus infections. If it reaches the brain, it can kill!
I also know people who must avoid certain foods for other reasons. Like gout, GERD, and arthritis.
Bottom line, some of us have to avoid things. No matter the reason to me. The point being that we *have* to avoid them.
But people who choose to avoid something just because of some other reason that is not even vaild? Well... In my mind, they're the ones causing us a disservice.
I also will tell waitstaff that I have an allergy to whatever is that I'm trying to avoid. I do actually have OAS to some nuts. But nobody wants to listen to the thing about, it's not a true IgE allergy, its just an intolerance. And some people (even some of my Drs.) refer to this as an IgG allergy. I have seen people here with celiac who say they too refer to it as an allergy when ordering food. I have no problem with this whatever. Whatever gets the job done.
That being said, gluten isn't an issue for me. If I order a burger, I could easily just pick the bun off with no problem. Assuming that there were no buckwheat, oats, egg or dairy in that bun. I can never be sure though. Most buns aren't going to have egg or dairy. But a multigrain roll might have the buckwheat or oats. Oh and then there's the nut thing. Some bread and buns is subject to cross contamination. And if I ask at the restaurant what is in the bun, they often don't know. Better that I have it left off. I have picked croutons off of a salad. And then I got sick. It only takes a speck of dairy for me to get sick. Also happened when I was eating a salad and found a shred of cheese. One shred. Picked it out. Got sick. Had to spend the next 24 hours really close to the toilet.
I could understand if, say, someone with diabetes wished to try it to see if it would help them control their blood sugar.
I am a diabetic and I do avoid some things for that reason. I also have gastroparesis and can't eat certain things like broccoli. If broccoli is on my plate, I'll either eat around it or if possible take a salad plate or whatever and pick it off onto that. Or if there is another diner there that wants it, I'll give it to them. A whole piece of broccoli has the potential to make me very ill. And could even mean my needing surgery to have the bezoar removed that it caused. But a tiny speck of the stuff is likely to pass right through me. Undigested but probably won't cause harm. If it gets past my lips that is. Because I hate the stuff and even a speck will usually gag me.
As for the diabetic thing... Let's take pie for instance. The other day I bought a vegan strawberry rhubarb pie. Nothing in it that I am intolerant to. Assuming I could get a piece of such pie in a restaurant and assuming that I decided that the filling would be enough carbs for me but the crust would be too much, I would just pick off the crust and eat the guts. I often do not eat all that is on my plate. I have ordered the gluten-free pasta from Olive Garden or The Old Spaghetti Factory. I do not need the gluten-free but I need my meal to be egg free, Which that is. No guarantee that the regular pasta is egg free. And even if it starts out that way, it may be subject to cc. But... That plate of pasta is waaaay too many carbs for me. So I'll just eat half.
My point being, if there is something there that isn't going to sicken me if I get so much as a speck of it, it's no big deal for me to simply avoid it, give it to someone else or in some other way get it off of my plate.
But if it's something I am intolerant to, I need it not to be on my plate at all.
So what is necessary and sufficient evidence for her to try a gluten free diet? The implication, karen, of your reply is that, unless she is diagnosed as celiac, she shouldn't be trying gluten free, because it belittles the diet for other people who truly need it. I know that is not what you really mean, of course, but that's what it sounds like.
I'm not sure what would have been better, but I can't quite get into the camp of people who think it's a good response either. I know you meant well.
I hadn't thought of it that way. My mom doesn't have to avoid gluten. But she does have to avoid wheat and nightshades because the flare up her athritis. I would say as long as there is a valid reason to avoid the food, it doesn't matter to me what that reason is, whether the person was diagnosed or not.
Garlic really bothers me. I'm not intolerant to it. I'm not allergic. But it gives me bad stomach pains. So I avoid it.
But in the case of this person, it really does come off to me as though she has jumped on the grain free bandwagon merely as a way to lose weight. It would stand to reason that when you're going to eliminate a whole group of foods and not replacing them with something else, you might lose weight.
And then there is me who only seems to lose weight when not trying. Otherwise I can just look at food and gain. And the harder I try to lose it, the more I do not.
I read a lot of magazines. I get most of them for free or for cheap. But the thing I am seeing time and time again in the magazines is the grain free diet. Women's magazines, health magazines, fitness magazines. All kinds of magazines. Go grain free! You'll feel better. You'll lose weight! No more brain fog! Etc., etc. And I'll bet you that most of the people who see these articles and try this are not really grain free. They just avoid the obvious things. I say this because I once had a neighbor who told me how she put her kid on a gluten-free diet. Just serve rice or potatoes instead of pasta. No matter that she was serving Rice A Roni as the rice. Or putting wheat containingi soy sauce in their food. No, her daughter didn't get any better in the two weeks that she tried it. Her daughter was learning disabled. In that case I must say that perhaps her daughter might have been helped by a gluten-free diet. Or might not. But I don't think two weeks is long enough to know. And she wasn't really gluten-free at all!
But if a person reads such an article, really does try very hard to avoid gluten and finds that they really do feel better or in some way that their life is improved by such a diet, then I say great! That sort of thing may in fact help someone who truly does have a problem with gluten but just didn't know it.
I however do not have a problem with gluten. But when my daughter was intolerant to it, I went gluten-free along with her. And I can honestly say that it didn't improve my life in any way, shape or form. Except from the standpoint that it made me feel better, perhaps only in a small way that I wasn't making her feel bad by eating gluten in front of her. Or making her worry that their might be cc. I eventually did go back to eating gluten, but pretty much only things like bread, crackers and pretzels. She had her own toaster and I was very careful to keep my food away from hers.
I see that some are really overthinking this one! It is annoying when dopey people claim to be gluten free when they aren't and especially annoying when they are already thin and go on 1,000/day calorie diets, which is insane. I don't care if people want to eat gluten free but don't like it that I have gotten really dumb comments from people who will never get it and yes, it does affect our ability to be taken seriously. I have had a number of waitstaff ask me outright how guten free I have to be because the dope that ordered before me claimed to be gluten free but ordered the gluten dessert. How does that help us in a world where people are massively food stupid to begin with? This woman deserved the answer that Kareng gave her.
People post the dumbest stuff on Facebook and I still don't understand that. I have to admit I do not do Facebook at all but understand the good uses as far as families staying in contact with each other. However, why on earth some think that their friends are interested in the smallest minutia of their lives or in such uninteresting comments that are made is beyond me. People put everything out there for the world to see and hear, even when it is boring or non-relevant.
It's getting harder and harder to have a decent conversation today......
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Misdiagnosed for 25+ years; finally DXed on 11/01/10. I figured it out myself. Double DQ2 genes. This thing tried to kill me. I view Celiac as a fire breathing dragon --and I have run my sword right through his throat.
I don't like it when people say stuff like, "My thing is worse than your thing."
Sorry it slays you. If it can kill you in minutes from even trace ingestion, sorry, it is a worst thing.
I'm not saying intolerances shouldn't be treated accordingly. They do hurt people and make them ill and maybe over time can kill them. Calling it an allergy is irresponsible, incorrect and dangerous to those with actual allergies. Just as saying you are "gluten-free but a tiny bit won't hurt so I'll eat cake on my birthday" is irresponsible.
It may be semantics to you but until you send your kid out the door to school every day and wonder of/when you will get the call that they are on the way to the hospital and unable to breath, you won't understand.
Personally, I think the majority of the population would benefit by being gluten free or gluten light.
I think gluten is at the root of many modern day illnesses and health problems so I don't think anyone needs a 'valid' reason to give it up.
It strikes me that gluten is in lots of processed food where it shouldn't be in the first place (along with soy, I hasten to add) so possibly the more people that jump on the band wagon, the more likely gluten free things might appear. This would certainly benefit children - to have less gluten in their diets.
Don't let me even start on soy!
As for eating in restaurants - you're always going to run a certain risk, in my opinion, whatever the restaurant/staff say.
I have had people who know nothing about gluten be very sensible with me and celiacs who have come out with complete rubbish!!
I have both intolerance and allergies. Do I have to have my asthma attack within a certain time frame of ingesting the wrong item to make my semantics legitimate in your eyes, StephanieL ?
Addressing the original topic, if a person that tall and allegedly weighing only 115 lbs seeks to eat a 1,000 calorie per day diet, which isn't healthy or sustainable at all, plus they've added in my category of food avoidance (due to medical issues,) and is talking about it on facebook as a good thing, they might have "issues" beyond my control to get worried about. They'll discover soon enough it makes no difference for their situation, in the rare case that it could, who am I to say that their self experimentation is forbidden ? Leave that for all the "Registered Dietitians" speaking on behalf of the Wheat Council.
Holy shite this chick is going to turn into a waif and blow away in the wind if she looses any more weight. I'm about 115(ish. Haven't weighed myself in forever) but I'm 5'1"! and if I lost any more I'd start worrying that gluten was sneaking into my diet (I lost a lot of weight dangerously fast before going gluten-free)
I'm also of the idea that if you're going to go gluten-free, whether to see if it will help your health or what have you, then you'd better go full-out. If you're just going to cut back on bread/pasta/etc (which people should do anyway to have a healthy diet), then don't claim to be eating gluten-free. I tell people thinking of trying gluten-free to only do so if they think their health might benefit. Otherwise, a balanced approach is best.
Kareng, I hope your friend comes to her senses, not just about the gluten-free thing, but that she's endangering her health by eating so little!
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- Gluten-free since March 2009 (not officially diagnosed, but most likely Celiac). Symptoms have greatly improved or disappeared since.
- Soy intolerant. Dairy free (likely casein intolerant). Problems with eggs, quinoa, brown rice
- mild gastritis seen on endoscopy Oct 2012. Not sure if healed or not.
- Family members with Celiac: Mother, sister, aunt on mother's side, aunt and uncle on father's side, more being diagnosed every year.
Ya know, once you get up on one of these soap boxes it's really too high to come down quickly.
I don't agree with the argument that other people are making restraunt workers screw up gluten free orders. If the restraunt staff does something wrong, that is their responsibility. It;s not the responsibility of a third party, who probably isn't even there at the time. I'm pretty sure you couldn't sue that restraunt customer and win in a court. They just aren't responsible for what the restraunt staff does. The restraunt staff is responsible for their own actions. Blaming somebody else for the restraunt screwing up isn't fair. That's letting the restraunt staff off the hook for their actions. They are the ones making the food, so they are responsible if it is made wrong.
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I'm another that has no problem with trying to go gluten-free. Sure, we can educate people as to what truely going gluten-free is, but if they want to try it - great.
I think that letting your friend know that most processed/baked gluten-free goods are usually higher in sugar and fat than wheat flours might help her realize that all gluten-free foods aren't created equal, and aren't designed for weight loss... then again, maybe don't tell her that because she sounds quite thin already.
I just think that there are a lot of special diets out there and I think we should just model tolerance and try to help people meet those dietary goals. I have a friend who is a raw vegan, another who can't eat gelatin or pork for religious reasons, another who eats kosher, and a family member who avoids nightshades dues to RA; if I told my cousin that I'm cutting back on potatoes for my health, I don't think he would judge me because I don't have an official medical reason to do it, or because I'm not eliminating all nightshades. KWIM?
And then there is me and my kids who eat gluten-free (even though only I am the celiac in the house), eat nut free (one son with an allergy), and avoid dairy (due to my lactose intolerance and a suspected casein intolerance in one son). We are very hard to feed when you throw in the fact that a couple of my kids are embarassingly picky eaters. I do think it is getting easier to feed them (when we are out) though because knowledge of the gluten-free diet is growing as more people get interested in trying it and dabbling in it (gluten light).
In my opinion, we celiacs are a minority so we can't expect the majority to know how to deal with our food. It's all up to us to make sure our food is safe.... All just my own personal opinion though.
I also have no problem with folks other than celiac going gluten-free -- I do however strongly dislike when people who "try" to go gluten-free don't really understand removing gluten -- many a teenaged girl has explained to my celiac son that he doesn't understand the gluten free diet -- lol -- he just smiles and waits for them to see that he actually does know quite a bit about it.
I also dislike waitstaff dismissing the need to be completely gluten-free, but when that happens we simply educate them -- I have much more time to chat with my server since I bring all my own food
Is it fair that we all have to be ambassadors for Celiac Disease - hell no - maybe one day we will no longer be the "Rodney Dangerfield" of medical disorders -- until then I'll keep taking every opportunity to educate anyone who indicates interest or whom is serving my kids food that may harm them.