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#46 BethJ

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 09:49 AM

This thread has made my day. I can't stop laughing.

Earlier this year we had to travel up to South Carolina to visit the BIL in Greenville. One morning we were stuck eating at a Waffle House. Not my choice but DH was starving. I carefully ordered eggs and bacon, explaining I'm "allergic" to wheat. I've found most people know what allergy is so that's what I say.

Me: Two eggs, over easy, bacon - and NO BREAD. I'm allergic to wheat.

The waitress: No bread?

Me: No, I'm allergic to wheat.

The waitress: Oh well then, we also have white and rye bread. That should be okay.

Me: No, no bread. It's all made with flour. Flour is all wheat and I can't eat it.

The waitress: Well glory be, I didn't know that. Hey Sue *waitress half way across the room* did you know bread is made from wheat?

Other waitress Sue: Really? Gosh, no Hon, never knew that before.

Me: *sitting twiddling thumbs waiting the dialog to end* Ahem, trust me, I can't have bread so please just bring my eggs and bacon.

I can only imagine what would have happened if I had mentioned celiac. :rolleyes:

I can't get over how ignorant most people are about what they put into their bodies. This instance was the funniest but it happens all the time. People seem surprised that wheat is in anything other than "whole wheat" products. I always love how waitresses ask, "White, wheat or rye" when taking orders. Duh, it's all wheat.
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Posted 02 August 2010 - 10:49 AM

This thread has made my day. I can't stop laughing.

Earlier this year we had to travel up to South Carolina to visit the BIL in Greenville. One morning we were stuck eating at a Waffle House. Not my choice but DH was starving. I carefully ordered eggs and bacon, explaining I'm "allergic" to wheat. I've found most people know what allergy is so that's what I say.

Me: Two eggs, over easy, bacon - and NO BREAD. I'm allergic to wheat.

The waitress: No bread?

Me: No, I'm allergic to wheat.

The waitress: Oh well then, we also have white and rye bread. That should be okay.

Me: No, no bread. It's all made with flour. Flour is all wheat and I can't eat it.

The waitress: Well glory be, I didn't know that. Hey Sue *waitress half way across the room* did you know bread is made from wheat?

Other waitress Sue: Really? Gosh, no Hon, never knew that before.

Me: *sitting twiddling thumbs waiting the dialog to end* Ahem, trust me, I can't have bread so please just bring my eggs and bacon.

I can only imagine what would have happened if I had mentioned celiac. :rolleyes:

I can't get over how ignorant most people are about what they put into their bodies. This instance was the funniest but it happens all the time. People seem surprised that wheat is in anything other than "whole wheat" products. I always love how waitresses ask, "White, wheat or rye" when taking orders. Duh, it's all wheat.


This was hilarious! I live in a small Texas town (and luckily not too far from a big city) and this is how people talk here. In the few instances that I've had to refuse food and briefly explain why I can't eat it, they always respond with, *insert texas twang* "well bless your heart sweetie, you must be so miserable without dumplins' and biscuits. come on by momma's house and i'll get you sumpin nice to eat." And by "sumpin nice" I'm sure it would involve gluten :blink: Those sweet ol' ladies!
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Posted 02 August 2010 - 01:16 PM

I guess I shouldn't have been as surprised as I was when I went to the grocery store. The cashier (maybe 16 or 17) asked me what I was buying since she didn't recognize the gluten free food. I told her that I was getting gluten free food because I couldn't eat wheat. She looked at me really confused. I said that I couldn't eat flour. She then said. Oh I've never heard of that (meaning that flour was made out of wheat.) This somewhat surprised me since the store is good and has a complete freezer case that is just gluten free food with a nice big sign over it. The best place to get it anywhere around.
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Posted 02 August 2010 - 01:31 PM

Took my daughter to Chick-Fil-A for toddler time.

Me: Are the french fries fried in the same grease that the nuggets? Or, do they have a dedicated fryer?
Worker: They have a dedicated fryer.
Me: Awesome, I'm just curious because some people are intolerant, or allergic to gluten and if they are all fried together than the french fries would be CC.
Worker: *dazed, confused look*
Me: Did that make sense?
Worker: Really? Some people are allergic to chicken nuggets?
Me: *hands in face laughing*. I'll just have an order of fries and a small water for this young lady.
Worker: Would you like to upgrade to a nugget meal for $2 more dollars?
Me: No thanks.

Was it wrong that I never corrected him on people being allergic to chicken nuggets? :P
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Posted 02 August 2010 - 07:20 PM

Forgot to mention that at a local food fare where there was some serious sampling of Maine organic food products...
Me: I can't eat wheat.
Them: Weed?
Me: No, wheat.
Them: Meat? No?...
Me: [next food vendor?]
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Posted 02 August 2010 - 07:25 PM

And there are a few mustards (I've seen them at Safeway) that have wheat starch. Always read the label. :)


Tiffany, so adorable! Are you getting any sleep? Congrats!

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 08:22 PM

The question I always get in restaurants is whether I can still eat rice. Sometimes potatoes. I think this must be from having a lot of low carb diet customers.

Actually, my worst experience was with dairy questions. I went to a restaurant with a friend who has to be very strict about that. He asked about whether the meatballs contained dairy. The waiter said yes, there is dairy. The meatballs have eggs. (We looked at each other confused.) We asked again if there was dairy. Again, he said yes, there is dairy. "Eggs are dairy. Some people consider eggs to be dairy."

We seriously didn't know what to say.
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Posted 02 August 2010 - 08:47 PM

Those cow eggs get really big and tasty.
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Posted 03 August 2010 - 01:13 AM

I haven't seen gluten in mustard. What is in mustard that has gluten or what kinds are "Gluten laden"?


I have but I can't remember the brand. It was in a restaurant. I believe it had wheat in it.
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Posted 03 August 2010 - 01:15 AM

The question I always get in restaurants is whether I can still eat rice. Sometimes potatoes. I think this must be from having a lot of low carb diet customers.

Actually, my worst experience was with dairy questions. I went to a restaurant with a friend who has to be very strict about that. He asked about whether the meatballs contained dairy. The waiter said yes, there is dairy. The meatballs have eggs. (We looked at each other confused.) We asked again if there was dairy. Again, he said yes, there is dairy. "Eggs are dairy. Some people consider eggs to be dairy."

We seriously didn't know what to say.


I used to think that too because in so many grocery stores they are located in the dairy department. At least they used to be. These days they are usually in a separate place.
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Posted 03 August 2010 - 02:25 AM

Another post reminded me of this. I have recently gone back to college. I started with a math class. I got glutened right before the final. The D was over by Monday so I went to class anyway. The woman in the seat next to me noticed I was not my usual answer every question self and my mood was frankly awful. After break we were talking as the instructor was walking by. I mentioned to her that I had gotten into some wheat and the effects were getting me. (She knew I am celiac as we had talked about when she saw my med ID tag) The instructor whipped around and with a puzzled look on his face said "How and why did you manage to smoke some weed in a 10 minute break!" I then of course explained that I said 'wheat not weed' and we talked about celiac after class. Good thing too as I really did bad on the final, thank you brain fog but still managed an A- in the class.
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Posted 03 August 2010 - 12:23 PM

Actually, my worst experience was with dairy questions. I went to a restaurant with a friend who has to be very strict about that. He asked about whether the meatballs contained dairy. The waiter said yes, there is dairy. The meatballs have eggs. (We looked at each other confused.) We asked again if there was dairy. Again, he said yes, there is dairy. "Eggs are dairy. Some people consider eggs to be dairy."

We seriously didn't know what to say.



I just asked this question last week. Why is it that my brain associated eggs with being dairy? :lol:
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Posted 03 August 2010 - 12:45 PM

This thread has made my day. I can't stop laughing.

Earlier this year we had to travel up to South Carolina to visit the BIL in Greenville. One morning we were stuck eating at a Waffle House. Not my choice but DH was starving. I carefully ordered eggs and bacon, explaining I'm "allergic" to wheat. I've found most people know what allergy is so that's what I say.

Me: Two eggs, over easy, bacon - and NO BREAD. I'm allergic to wheat.

The waitress: No bread?

Me: No, I'm allergic to wheat.

The waitress: Oh well then, we also have white and rye bread. That should be okay.


:lol: :lol: :lol:
When we go to a restaurant for breakfast, I just tell them "no bread because the kids are allergic to bread" No questions are ever asked!

Everyone seems to think my kids can eat graham crackers. Smores are a popular dessert for family members to serve my kids cuz they 'must' be able to eat graham's--they're not made with wheat....

There's a neat little crepe bar by our house and I went in one day to see if they had anything dairy free.
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-I asked if they cook all the crepes on their 1 giant crepe stone and they said yes. -I said, "So once you cook them on that stone, they're no longer gluten-free...?"
-I got the deer in the headlights look.
-I told them once they gluten-free batter hit that stone, they were no longer gluten-free and I hope they weren't advertising their product as gluten-free because they could really get someone sick!
-Again, deer in the headlights
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Posted 03 August 2010 - 12:52 PM

I just asked this question last week. Why is it that my brain associated eggs with being dairy? :lol:


I just read the above post about eggs not being dairy too and was asking myself this same question! I won't think of eggs as dairy anymore though, now that I have a visual of a big cow laying an egg.... It's funny. I don't even know why I thought eggs were dairy. :blink: At least I know that wheat is wheat, and bread is made of wheat!
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Posted 03 August 2010 - 12:55 PM

I just asked this question last week. Why is it that my brain associated eggs with being dairy? :lol:


Most eggs are in the dairy case, that's probably why people make this mistake. I can actually remember getting milk in glass containers and farm fresh eggs from my great grandmother's farm delivered every week. Customer's getting milk and eggs delivery were the bulk of their business and they came in a car with the word "DAIRY" in big bold letters on the door. I think the two have just always been associated in agriculture and that's why they are in the same section in stores too. One time I even saw a coupon that was good for anything from the Dairy department. It had a picture with milk, eggs and cheese on it. Of course eggs are not technically dairy, but the coupon was good for them. I'm not saying I think eggs are dairy, but it's understandable why some people make that mistake. I bet if they stopped to think about it they would know that eggs come from chickens and not cow's. They just might have a wrong definition of the word "dairy". Of course I'm sure if we went around telling people we had a milk allergy, we would get some people that would ask if we can still eat cheese. So it's not an association problem for everyone. :P
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