Why can’t it be the same with gluten?
I am still new at this and trying to make sense of this autoimmune disease, and the true risks of not being completely gluten free. I see so many posts about people getting so much criticism about someone who isn’t super vigilant and how they are “killing themselves” for taking chances on going to a restaurant that could have a risk of cross contamination.
Then I see posts about people who after many years of eating something that they thought was gluten free find out it wasn’t (and to my knowledge are doing fine). So I sit here thinking, is it really that bad to have a little gluten once in a while? My 15 year old daughter was diagnosed with it 5 months ago and I feel so bad for her sometimes.
I believe (even though I can’t find that info now to post) that the increase for some of the diseases goes from 1% to 3% maybe even 6% on others which is a 3-6 fold but still pretty small chance (although I am sure some will disagree that is a small chance-why risk it?) I read that even doctors don’t fully understand what the outcome of some gluten will be from one individual to another.
It varies from person to person. So for those who don’t get the symptoms when glutened and are not miserable from cross contamination, wouldn’t you prefer to try to still have a normal life and go out to eat and be careful but still not be so hard on yourself for the possibility of cross contamination or even indulge once in a great while on something you miss so much? I guess I am just wondering what is more important: taking small risks and lead a normal life or worrying so much that it changes your life completely: No going out to eat, feeling depressed, left out (can’t go to certain events because worrying of cross contamination).
I mean there is So much bad food out there (fat foods, desserts); we know that it can cause heart attacks or diabetes but most of us indulge in those from time to time. Why can’t it be the same with gluten? I am truly asking that question. I don’t know/understand the difference.
So I would appreciate your thoughts. Please try not to be to harsh. I want my daughter to be healthy and I am doing the best I can to be 100% gluten free and she has been feeling well but sometimes I wish I could tell her: go ahead and have a croissant which is something she misses the most. Thank you for reading my long message.