5 surprising things I wish I knew before I went gluten-free
Because of this, I had to learn a few hard lessons: here is what I wish I knew before adopting this diet.
Being gluten-free is very expensive.
As most specialty items are, gluten-free products are much more expensive than traditional versions. At the grocery store, I may pay six dollars for a small loaf of bread, while a large wheat bread is two dollars. When I eat out, while many restaurants now have gluten-free substitutions, they almost always cost a few dollars to change it.
People won’t always be understanding of your dietary restrictions.
When all your friends want to order a pizza or try out this new sandwich shop it’s hard to be the reason they have to change their plans. Usually, people are very accommodating but, especially when with people you don’t know as well, they may become agitated. Unfair yes, but true nonetheless.
A lot of people don’t know what gluten is
If I had a nickel for how many times I’ve been asked if being gluten-free means I can’t eat fruit, I’d have enough money to make better tasting gluten-free bread.
Traveling to countries that don’t speak English is all the more difficult.
When I went to Japan earlier this year I had read all over the internet that it was a celiac’s nightmare. While there I ate some version of rice for basically every meal. As I do this on the regular, it wasn’t a big deal, for others it would be.
Asking what has gluten in it or even being able to read ingredients on store bought food can be impossible when you don’t have a handle on the country’s language.
It’s going to be hard not to cheat a little.
While being gluten-free has been a challenge, feeling infinitely better every time I eat makes it all worth it. Discovering good gluten-free cinnamon buns helped too.