This is somewhat of a personal post. I’m going to give you a little insight to how my gluten free journey started 8 years ago and what some of the worst things are about being gluten free.
So yeah, approximately 8 years ago when I was 15 I was diagnosed with coeliac disease and from there on had to live a gluten free lifestyle. I can remember to this day going to Asda and looking at the free from section and crying thinking that I was never going to eat again because the range was only a couple of shelves.
Fast forward 8 years and my god has the free from range expanded. There is now every kind of bread available (including bagels, which are my fave) as well as cakes, biscuits, cereals and pastas.
However, there are still downsides to the now popular gluten free lifestyle.
- When there is a cake sale for charity and you can’t eat any of the amazing cakes on offer
- You have to pre-decide where you are going to eat out rather than just eating anywhere
- When people offer you food and you have to politely decline because you can’t eat it – resulting in you looking like a fussy bugger
- The food in the super markets is twice the price for half the amount. Like the new gluten free hobnobs – £2.50 for 8 biscuits. Like seriously, what the hell?!
- Eating abroad can be hard at times. Not all the time, but the majority of times, purely for the language barrier of trying to explain gluten free.
It isn’t always bad, 9 times out of 10 it is one of the easier allergies to have and I can’t really complain as now I can go out to certain restaurants and have a burger and I was able to eat pasta in Venice – which I never imagined I’d be able to do. So the knowledge of gluten free is becoming more of a world wide issue.
I consider myself quite lucky as I know some people who suffer terribly with this allergy to the point where they can’t even have their food prepared in the same vicinity as other people. There are alternatives to buying shop bought items, I myself have got quite into gluten free baking, which I would actually like to experiment with more, but it’s safe to say I won’t be applying for GBBO anytime soon.
So, to round this post up, if anyone knows of any good gluten free places to eat or know of any fellow gluten free bloggers that you think I should check out, hook a girl up!