Does Anyone Else Just Not Join In?
Posted 19 April 2012 - 09:21 AM
Today's was a goodbye to a worker that is gluten free and lactose free, so I figured there would surely be something that I could eat. I spent $20 yesterday on ingrediants to make my dish, and when lunch time rolled around, there was not one safe thing there other than mine! Not even a veggie tray for heavens sake. (What a nice send off for the person that the lunch was supposed to be for, huh?) For $20 I could have fed myself all week. Every month the same thing happens, and I just decided that I am done. From now on I am not going to bother with shopping, preparing, etc., just to be starving, like I am now.
This was probably more of a vent than anything, but I am kind of curious if everyone else keeps trying or if they have finally just said forget it!
Thanks for listening.....
Posted 19 April 2012 - 09:46 AM
Last summer my daughter who are adults now, and I went to a family reunion. My daughters are also gluten-free and we knew before hand we had to prepare out own food. My kids love this cilantro shrimp that I make so I made that and an artichoke olive salad so we could have somrthing to eat while the rest of the family pigged out on their pasta and bread. We arrived a little late so we missed the huge line and the big pig feat over the gluten dishes. My family ate the shrimp and artichoke dishes but we put the dishes with the rest of the food. One of my aunts came along and just started dumping food shortly after we got there and yep, there went my expensive shrimp right into the trash. We at least got one serving.
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Posted 19 April 2012 - 09:52 AM
Posted 19 April 2012 - 10:12 AM
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Posted 19 April 2012 - 10:20 AM
I remember in college when I was on a fitness/workout regimen, looking at a potluck for an event in our office, and thinking "heck no"-and that was Pre gluten-free!
I think you should find a way to mingle - even if you bring a drink concoction like punch and paper bag your lunch. You don't want to be the proverbial outsider in the office.
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Posted 19 April 2012 - 10:33 AM
I have stopped guessing at what might be gluten free though, I did that at first it was too dangerous, unless its fresh fruit or veggies then I don't refrain from eating them.
Coworkers often go out to lunch. I was going along and just getting salads, but I was recently glutened somehow from a salad, so the last two times I go along and buy a pop. Eat my lunch before I go, I still enjoy talking with them and getting a pop! I usually overdo it and drink way too much pop too. lol.
Posted 19 April 2012 - 06:12 PM
I sing in a choir that rehearses from 7-9 once a week. For some reason this group of people thinks we need a snack at 8:00 when we take a short break. I don't understand that since presumably everyone has eaten dinner before they came. If they've come straight from work then surely they grabbed something in the car, because 8:00 would be awfully late to wait to eat something after working all day.
Anyway, we all take turns signing up to bring some part of the snack. But I've just opted out. I'm not eating, so I don't contribute. First of all, if I eat at 8:00 then I can't sing because my stomach is full. And second, I've eaten dinner and don't need a snack. And third, it's always things like cookies and pretzels and crackers.
For real potlucks -- which churches are known for -- I always just bring something I can eat. Usually some sort of salad -- like black bean salad, or something like that. Or I might bring hummos and chips. Or drinks. I always bring along something to eat to supplement whatever I brought, plus usually someone brings fruit.
At the moment I'm working at a hospital where we have regular events catered by the food service. I have just chosen not to eat anything they offer. They never post ingredients and based on what I've seen I do not trust them. I just bring my own. Really it does not bother me at all. It bothers my supervisor -- he says "no, you have to talk to Food Service, you need to have something you can eat." I reply "I will have something I can eat, it will come from my own kitchen." He persists, until I go along and go talk to food service, and then bring my own anyway. We're having one next week and if he insists again this time I'm going to ask "why does it bother you so much when I've said I'm fine with it?"
Truly I am fine with it. In any situation I don't care who's providing the food, me or them. It's the company that's important not what's going into my mouth.
Posted 19 April 2012 - 06:44 PM
Posted 19 April 2012 - 07:37 PM
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Posted 20 April 2012 - 03:15 AM
The best for you to do is agree with them that in such occasions you're the exception.. You'll be bringing your own lunch for one, as you can't really have any of the other dishes.
Posted 20 April 2012 - 03:24 AM
The hardest situations for me are big family events that are at a restaurant, typically a buffet. At those I never really feel safe, and if I order off the menu I feel too "special".
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Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:49 AM
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Posted 21 April 2012 - 06:21 AM
Posted 22 April 2012 - 05:41 AM
I go, but I won't eat anything. It does bother me that some people will come over and say "Why aren't you eating anything! Sure, you're goin away to nothing at all!". Some people even think I am REALLY sick, because I've lost so much weight. But I explain to them what's happening with me, and now everyone knows, so people understand.
When I learn a bit more, I will bring gluten-free alternatives to this, others will eat them too!
Posted 22 April 2012 - 07:26 AM
Potlucks? Nope. I loathe potlucks. Last one I went to all I had was a cup of tea and a handful of tortilla chips straight from the bag and I somehow still managed to get glutened. Who knows how, there was gluteny food EVERYWHERE and I was helping my kids with their food etc etc. That was 6 months ago and I have opted out of a few potlucks since then.
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