Depressed About Eating A Restricted Diet in Coping with Celiac Disease Posted May 27, 2013 · Report to Admin I joined this forum for the first time in 2000 or 2001. Have spent the past 12 years going through the same things as all of you in the posts above, I always think it will get easier, and, certainly, at times it does seem easier, but it seems that being intolerant of all grains, all milk & dairy, egg whites, yeast, casein, whey, maltodextrin, modified food starch and msg is definitely a daily challenge. Learning to cook almost all foods at home and to be so diligent when eating out have been two concerns. Reading those tiny ingredient labels always makes me wish I had a magnifying glass at the store, and figuring out new and appetizing recipes keeps my brain functioning continuously, but, I think, the greatest challenge is mixing with other people socially, because just about each and every social activity centers upon food. "Oh, you can't eat that?' or "Can't you have just a little bit?" seem to be common responses, and then the lengthy explanations begin, but I must say that more and more people are now aware of their intolerances, and are living with the same challenges we do. Today I read about the flak Gwyneth Paltrow is taking for keeping her two kids on special diets because of gluten and milk allergies. To those of us who are working so hard to be healthy, and to encourage others to do the same, I send special greetings this Memorial Day. We are still here, and we are still working to be strong. Happy Day!