It’s a pretty decent article. I felt slightly defensive and irritable when I read about the professional opinions and the comments, though.
Yes, I am making this up as I go so that I can lose weight. I’ve also discovered that I’m profoundly ungrateful.
It aggravates me when people act like something couldn’t possibly exist because they never heard about it before. It’s all pretend because they didn’t hear about it when they were children. When they were children, out digging in the dirt, making mud pies, riding their bikes, running around the neighborhood, they never heard of food intolerance, therefore, it does not exist.
Ohhkaaay. I never heard of a certain celebrity with a potty mouth who plays Bruce Wayne/Batman, so obviously he did not exist until recently. It’s all about me.
Let me tell you something, People Who Never Heard Of Food Intolerance. My grandmother had food allergies as a child, and Celiac Disease was discovered in the 1800’s, so if you didn’t hear about gluten sensitivity until now, consider yourself blessed for not having to deal with it while people had yet to discover what was causing the symptoms and what would bring relief.
I believe in God’s hand of providence. I believe God places in situations so that we can bring glory to Him. In our church, there are at least 7 families who deal with life altering dietary restrictions. There are multiple people in some of the families. Actually, those are just the families where gluten is a factor, and the number of people affected to people in the total church population is much higher than the national stat. We live in a fallen world, and stuff is broken. The grains are not what they used to be, and our bodies don’t work right. God knew we would need support, so He placed us together “for such a time as this”. I have no doubt about this.
Yesterday, I talked to a friend who is new to eliminating gluten. She was very discouraged because she had seen an improvement, and then, for no apparent reason, she seemed to be back to square one with her symptoms. I clued her in to a couple of important changes she’d need to make to avoid gluten totally, and she hadn’t heard them before – eliminate ordinary oats and nonstick surfaces in favor of cert. gluten free oats and stainless steel to avoid cross contact/contamination. We’ve got to stick together to get better!
I can assure anyone who wonders about this that having a food sensitivity is not a “trend”, it is a very real condition. People are recognizing this, making changes, and feeling better since their bodies aren’t constantly reacting to things.
That’s enough rambling for now. Heidi needs to go outside and I need to go finish the last few dishes.