There are a lot of food trends around at the moment, raw foods, whole foods, organic food, the paleo diet, sugar free, wheat free etc etc. For whatever reason, it seems you can’t go out anywhere these days without someone having specific food issues.
So what is now so commonplace is of course the subject of backlash. Those who have specific dietary needs are all lumped together. They are artichoke dip making hipsters or mung bean eating hippies or fitness freak yuppies who spend $11 on a bottle of coconut water, all choosing to follow a trend because Gwyneth does it or the woman from that reality show lost tons of weight or it’s all women’s magazines seem to write about.
Gluten-Free eating is not a choice for a lot of people. It keeps us healthy, it stops us from feeling sick and unbelievably tired and it prevents the body from attacking itself. For many of us it has been a long, painful and frustrating journey to figure out that the simple act of removing gluten could change your life.
So before you roll your eyes at people that eat gluten free, stop and think, be kind – maybe it’s not a choice.