5 SIGNS THAT YOU ARE TAKING 100% OWNERSHIP OF YOUR GLUTEN INTOLERANCE
Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) has finally come full circle, from the public knowing that it is very real, then trickling up to the Celiac researchers who could no longer deny that they were seeing people who have clear evidence of reactions to gluten without having Celiac Disease, and then trickling back down again to a broader audience that includes both lay people and medical professionals now getting validation that NCGS is an acknowledged diagnosis.
Many of the patients I see each week have in common that they have seen multiple health care practitioners and yet still suffer from unexplained symptoms. While there are many stones to turn over in order to figure out their situation, one of the first things I ask is if they know whether they are gluten intolerant and if so, do they take 100% ownership of that diagnosis?
A majority of the time I find that those people still suffering from hard to heal conditions are not fully owning their gluten intolerance. An aspect of my work at that point is to assess why they don’t own it and help them clearly arrive at ‘yes’ or ‘no’ about being gluten intolerant. There is no ‘maybe’ or ‘slightly’ when it comes to gluten intolerance. This is the beginning of the ownership process!
Here are 5 signs that indicate you are truly owning your gluten intolerance!
1. YOU SPREAD THE WORD!
You tell everyone you know that you have gluten intolerance! Your friends, family, coworkers,
social groups, etc. all know that you don’t eat gluten and therefore won’t be encouraging you to go for pizza or sandwiches on your next get together! In order for these people to not bring gluten containing cupcakes and cookies over to your house, it starts with you telling them not to do that because gluten makes you sick!
2. YOU DO A PANTRY MAKEOVER!
You don’t have gluten in your house anymore. You can’t find it in your home if you looked for it! It’s not in the cupboards, it’s not in the fridge, it’s not in the freezer, it’s not in the bread box or cookie jar! If you live with others who still eat gluten then you have your own storage areas for your gluten free foods!
3. YOU’RE ANAL ABOUT CHECKING LABELS!
You check ALL labels, whether it’s a beverage, a food and especially if it’s a condiment. If you’re confused you look up the food item on the manufacturer’s website, you check out the FAQ’s on this product and even email the company with your own questions. You are aware of all food additives that could possibly be made from gluten and you are even aware of the labeling laws about gluten.
4. YOU’RE NOT AFRAID TO TALK TO ANYONE WHO PREPARES OR SERVES YOUR FOOD!
This is not an area of hesitation for you. Without fanfare or negative energy, you calmly clarify your gluten situation and the importance of knowing if foods have been prepared or possibly cross contaminated with gluten. You are tuned in to a server or chef’s level of knowledge about eating gluten free and you adjust your food choices accordingly. You know that you aren’t being pushy or obnoxious, you are being responsible.
5. YOU ARE THE MASTER OF PLANNING AHEAD!
When it comes to your meals, especially when you’re eating out, planning is your mantra!
Whether you go to a restaurant, your friend’s house, a potluck at work, to someone’s house that you don’t know, or even to the movies……you use planning in ALL of these situations. Knowing whether to bring your own food is always part of the assessment of each occasion. Planning involves speaking to your host about the menu ahead of time or politely packing your own food because it turns out that they’re serving lasagna and garlic bread!
If any of these action items feel uncomfortable to you….they won’t once you OWN YOUR GLUTEN INTOLERANCE 100%!