"Every problem has a gift for you in its' hands". -Richard Bach
You see, I'd never heard of Celiac but eventually, I learned that when someone is diagnosed with this disease, it basically means that they can't digest gluten and so, must avoid it for the sake of their health.
Well, turns out gluten is in pretty much EVERYTHING!!!!!!
At least that's what it seemed like when I first started avoiding it, but now I've come to realize that there are lots of foods that I can eat and that there's a silver lining in having been diagnosed with Celiac.
The Silver Lining That comes With Celiac
1. Less Farting- not eating gluten means not having weird, excess gas at inopportune times. This is a plus.
2. A Good Excuse- Say you're caught in the midst of a blind date that's beginning to go horribly, horribly wrong. What to do? Eat a crumb of bread, declare that a "celiac attack" is underway and leave immediately. Then thank your gluten intolerance for extracting you from a horrendous evening.
3. A Conversation Starter/Ender- I'm shy. At parties this becomes a problem because I don't know what to talk about. Also, I have a short attention span and don't like to talk to people for very long. This is where gluten intolerance becomes a lifesaver. First, it's a conversation starter, "Oh hi, I'm Paula, I'm just wondering if this nacho dip is gluten free, I'm allergic. What about you? Any allergies?" (when you're in Louisiana, the answer to this question will always be yes.) Then, after talking about celiac disease for two to three minutes, the topic will become dry and annoying, thus signaling the end of the conversation. Yay! Thanks to Celiac, a lovely conversation has begun and ended in less than four minutes : )
Gluten Free Foods That Rock:
1. Gluten free waffles (from Whole Foods)
2. Gluten free brownies (Whole Foods)
5. Corn grits
6. Fruit (any kind)
7. Fudge covered pretzels
8. Gluten free pasta
Have you had any silver linings with your storm clouds this week? I hope so : )