Advocating for Yourself Can Help You Attain Gluten-Free Simplicity
Posted by nepeht on October 19, 2008
9. Advocating for Yourself Can Help You Attain Gluten-Free Simplicity:
Ok, this one is important and should not be misunderstood. Be careful with this one.
When you need to speak up, such as about an upcoming menu for a meal you are to attend, feel free to advocate for inclusion of dishes that you know are safe from gluten contamination. One can do this with or without disclosing the fact that she or he has a related medical condition.
Now, here is the careful part… One should disclose their allergy to gluten with caution. People react to such information in a variety of ways that are as unpredictable as they are sometimes surprisingly comforting and yes… sometimes overwhelmingly disappointing and hurtful.
At the same time, it is important that every person has the right to advocate appropriately for a diet that they know to be free of toxins and healthy for them. Democracy really has no place in this. Just because only one out of ten people in a given group has gluten intolerance does not mean that this person should be always left with eating a toxic meal or else.
There are many ways to approach this and some are more doable than others in a given situation. Be careful and good luck. More later.