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We were heading out of town on Saturday and stopped to get gas.  There was a small used car lot across the street from the gas station with a sign that said "our cars are gluten free"...ok, my first reaction was to laugh...but then I thought, with all the fad diets out there, maybe it's not so funny that people joke about this...but I still laughed.

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Haha... It is kind of funny. I try and take it lightly with my friends and family. They are always serious about it yet at the same time make jokes here and there. I don't mind it at all as its not a sensitive issue with me. Although... it is because of this that the gluten free diet is not taken as seriously as it should be. Cross contamination is one of the bigger issues. I feel like they think we are all just a bunch of soccer mums who are cutting out gluten to be healthy and cool like everyone else. Here in Australia we have a restaurant called 'the pancake parlour' who recently came out with a gluten free menu... Oh I was so excited until they said they still cook them all on the same pans as everything else. With flour being chucked around left right and centre I cannot eat there. The Coeliac society here in Aus have contacted them but they refuse to cater for us. Seems they don't cater for allergies at all... They just cater for the fad diet which is DUMB.

 

It's also because of people who jump onto the gluten free bandwagon without doing their own research. I think people think of a gluten free diet as cutting out all carbs. I watched a clip on youtube once of a talk show host roaming LA asking about their gluten free diets. Half of them said they cut our rice... potato and bread. I don't know how many times we have to explain we can eat rice and potatoes.

A gluten free diet as such is NOT healthy. If you want to be healthy stick to a naturally gluten-free diet of fruit veggies and meat. Paying double the price for gluten free biscuits which are full of saturated fats and sugars will not make you cool and live longer(unless you have coeliac)!

I don't think they realize that gluten is in just about EVERYTHING. Lollies, chocolate, ice cream, chips, every kind of sauce and canned food. I reckon they would be in for a shock. 

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But paying double the price for gluten free biscuits (in the American sense or not) makes life feel a little more normal.  The worst thing for me is not feeling normal. 

 

I don't mind jokes about gluten, but it needs to be clear that I'm being laughed WITH and not AT.  Being laughed at is like making fun of the kid with the leg braces, except that everyone knows the kid with leg braces can't help it. 

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I don't mind jokes about gluten, but it needs to be clear that I'm being laughed WITH and not AT.  Being laughed at is like making fun of the kid with the leg braces, except that everyone knows the kid with leg braces can't help it. 

That is a good way to say it! I agree.

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We were heading out of town on Saturday and stopped to get gas.  There was a small used car lot across the street from the gas station with a sign that said "our cars are gluten free"...ok, my first reaction was to laugh...but then I thought, with all the fad diets out there, maybe it's not so funny that people joke about this...but I still laughed.

Gluten free autos hmmm. I'm still kinda laughing at what I heard out of a particular bar on Bourbon st one night . One of the barkers was proclaiming the establishments entertainers was 100% organic and gluten free. I remember my hubby and I stopping and asking what did that mean? This of course was pre-diagnosis days, and just kinda shrugged wondering what was a gluten. Little did I know at the time . But yea the autos is better than the girlies.

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If anything, the fad diets have prompted more companies to make gluten free foods!!  I remember when my niece was first diagnosed, it was almost impossible to find gluten-free foods other than the obvious, veges, etc.  Now there are entire sections of stores that are gluten-free and the various breads, etc. that are not bad tasting.  Hubs had a Udi hamburger bun last night and said it was actually really good.  I did not eat one because they had to many calories for me. I remember trying crackers that were gluten-free about 5 years ago and they tasted like cardboard.  I have a few varieties of gluten-free crackers now and they are really good!

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On top of gluten, I have a corn intolerance. And with an older car that can't handle ethanol, I can truly say I am corn-free and so is my car. :P

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On top of gluten, I have a corn intolerance. And with an older car that can't handle ethanol, I can truly say I am corn-free and so is my car. :P

 

:D

 

How do you find ethanol free gas?

 

We can buy ethanol free gas at almost every station here--you have to pay more though--about $.20/gallon more!

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I agree Chocominties, it is one thing to laugh with  people but another to realize your being laughed at.  Going back to my event before my diagnosis, the joke that was being pitched was not funny to us as we was not sure what the dude was even talking about and when we put two and two together, it wasn't funny because laughing at anyones expense was not cool needless to say we have never nor will ever visit that club due to  their humor and antics. I've never been one to laugh at that sort of humor.

But paying double the price for gluten free biscuits (in the American sense or not) makes life feel a little more normal.  The worst thing for me is not feeling normal. 

 

I don't mind jokes about gluten, but it needs to be clear that I'm being laughed WITH and not AT.  Being laughed at is like making fun of the kid with the leg braces, except that everyone knows the kid with leg braces can't help it. 

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