A little back story: I went gluten-free my senior year of highschool after experimenting with elimination diets at the suggestion of my doctor. 3 years later I decided to be stupid and "normal" and eat gluten again. Fast forward to this past year, I gained 50lbs since February, stopped being able to keep most foods down, couldn't walk my body hurt so bad, etc etc etc. You guys know the symptoms. This summer I was finally diagnosed with Celiac Disease and I've been gluten-free again for around a month and a half.
I am also an elementary school teacher. Now, this diet is nothing new to me. I did it 3 years just fine. HOWEVER I was not nearly as sensitive then as I am now. Every time I've tried to eat out places I've gotten various levels of sick. Today was our first day back at work and my grade level all went out to eat so I joined them. I asked all the right questions, even researched the place online beforehand. I knew it was risky because restaurants made me sick repeatedly this summer, but I just feel so awkward either not going or bringing my own food, etc.
There's always food up at the school and people are always shoving stuff in my face and I guess I'm just feeling a little overwhelmed. I know I shouldn't feel awkward about my condition, but I can't help it. I haven't even told any of my coworkers about it yet. I don't want to be "THAT" person.
How do you guys deal with celiac in the workplace? Or work lunches? Those kinds of situations.