Posted 11 November 2011 - 12:38 PM
Face it, you cannot have 100% separation between work and personal life. Not only is it not possible unless you don't drive your own car to work, you always wear the same uniform, and you never put up a picture or take a personal call anywhere near a coworker. And if you really try to have as close to 100% separation between the two, you will likely find that you alienate your coworkers. Because people are social. They like to find common interests. So, if someone says "Do you have any hobbies?" and you just say "Nothing related to work", you're going to look aloof and weird.
I'm not saying you have to blend the two together completely! And nor do I mean to imply that the walking a line that makes you comfortable is easy! Far from it. But pick your battles and don't make situations harder on yourself by trying to keep a huge separation that might work better as a more moderated separation.
Inconclusive Blood Tests, Positive Dietary Results, No Endoscopy
G.F. - September 2003; C.F. - July 2004
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Posted 12 November 2011 - 10:26 AM
I don't mind anyone knowing I can't eat gluten but it does get old after a while answering questions so sometimes I just don't mention it. Also some of the very well meaning people I know try to bring gluten free options but cross contamination is such a strong learning curve that we've all been through that it is unlikely that anyone gets it right on their first try. Nothing worse than having to run off because you got sick at a social event. Especially if it is the food served that made you sick. So I just avoid the food completely. I also follow the tip give above about treating it like a social situation where you move from table to table and not settle in at one where it is obvious that you aren't eating.
Posted 12 November 2011 - 12:04 PM
Saying you have food allergies, intolerances, celiac (however you wish to explain it) isn't like discussing the fight you got into your significant other the night before.
Yes, it's a little personal, but when I think of people that I know professionally but not personally, those types of things aren't really a big deal. I know one who is diabetic even though I don't even know if she's married or has kids, etc.
Posted 12 November 2011 - 03:41 PM
This is all so hard.
Posted 12 November 2011 - 04:22 PM
I'm thinking about getting a box of gluten-free donuts to keep in the breakroom freezer so I can start being more social with my coworkers,
Positive Biopsy- 08/11
Slightly positive tTG only- 06/11
Negative blood panel- 11/05
Diagnosed with IBS- 1981
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