Artwork by Walt Kelly
*This post is a light-hearted commentary on the recent attention on the gluten-free lifestyle. *
I have met all of these people while on our GF journey. Of course, there will always be some gray area between groups- but for the most part, people will fall into one of these. Check out our fancy-pants flow chart and find out where you stand!
Now that we have that settled, let me give a little
information observation about each group.
The "Celiac" aka the "Gluten-Intolerant"- This is the hardcore gluten-avoider! Most of the people that fall in this category have been eating wheat-free before it was cool and easily accessible. If you are looking for a great resource for your GF questions, they are the ones to ask.
The "Gluten-Sensitive"- This group of wheat-free warriors have made the choice to avoid gluten because it benefits them in one way or another physically. Gluten avoidance can benefit people with thyroid disease, autism and countless other diagnosed medical issues. If you need advice on gluten-free self control, talk to them!
The "GF Dieter"- These waistline watchers are who we have to thank for all of the new GF products on the market. If you cut out foods containing gluten, you may drop a few pounds. It is not a guaranteed weight loss method. This group will disappear as soon as a new "quick weight-loss plan" pops up!
The "GF Supporter"- People in this group are normally the moms, dads, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends of those who eat a gluten restricted diet. They are also known as the test dummies, taste testers and guinea pigs of the GF world. They also help try and find new products for their loved ones. Everybody needs a cheerleader!
The "GF Conspiracy Theorist"- They exist- for real. I am not sure if they are concerned that the rice producing countries of the world are planning a take over or something, but they think that this is just a fad or a scam. If you are a GF Conspiracy Theorist, please know that your criticism is not well received or warranted- accept maybe for the GF Dieters:)
The "Innocent Bystander"- They don't hate gluten & they don't love it...they just don't know about it or care about it. Essentially, they are the draft dodgers of the Wheat Wars! They probably have no idea what the post is about. Maybe their browser is just stuck?
We want to know, what group are you in?