You know you’re a celiac when your phone is filled with photos of food products and grocery aisles, or at least that’s how the common celiac joke goes. But in my case, my mom’s phone might have twice as many photos. My former next door neighbor emails me about where to find the vegan mayo I asked about in a blog post. And, my cousin recently sent me a pin of a GF & vegan cookie dough ice pop. While digital, each note feels like a letter sealed with love.
You see, a little while back, I was wild, crazy, and probably a handful, but not in the kitchen and not when it came to the basics of survival. Not being able to have food that even comes into contact with gluten can be much harder than you might expect. Plus, finding a packaged gluten free cookie that doesn’t use tapioca flour is, well, near impossible.
Sometimes we forget to step back and appreciate all the things our family and friends do for us, and that’s why this post recognizes some of the RIDICULOUS things my family and friends have done to keep me alive and kicking. I’m so thankful to have such an amazing support network, so without further ado, let’s see some craziness.
Three CRAZY Things People Did Because They Love a Celiac
#1: The Shared Salad Dressing!
My mom makes an amazing homemade salad dressing. (I’ll share it with y’all someday). But recently, my non-celiac sister wanted to eat the salad dressing too. She probably has a greater right to homemade dressing because she just came home from college for the summer!
Now, while the photographed meal looks gluten free, she actually had a flour tortilla in front of her. (We were having fajitas). So instead of washing her hands, I brought her a paper towel to use as she scooped the salad dressing out of the container. You might not know this, but red, means gluten free in our house, which meant, she was touching a GF serving utensil.
#2: The Questioning Bride.
So, you’re planning your wedding. That’s a lot to handle, right? Fortunately, I’m not planning one anytime soon, but my cousin’s wedding is right around the corner!
While I typically bring my own food to weddings, she has learned a lot about celiac and food allergies. She even knows that I don’t feel comfortable eating cut up fruit when I don’t know where the knife has been. So first, she inquired not only with her caterer, but the restaurant at the hotel, etc. (And, she knows what questions to ask). Then, she gave me the caterer’s information AND told me that she completely understood if I still wanted to bring my own food.
Honestly, her thoughtfulness and deep level of understanding during such a busy time is amazing. She also sent me the pin of the cookie dough ice pops! I’ll blog about them later, but here’s a sneak peak.
#3: The Hand Washer Extraordinaire.
If you follow me, you know that I just got back from an AMAZING ROAD TRIP, which was made possible by careful food planning and a very supportive road trip partner- MELISSA! You see Melissa doesn’t have celiac disease or any food allergies, but we kept a gluten free car for the whole trip. (This meant we could share snacks too!)
How’d we do it? While the easy way would be to kindly request that Melissa be GF too, but then I would have missed Rockabilly’s Burger Shop in Graceland (and a bunch of other local restaurants)! From the old record player to the pink walls, Rockabilly’s was a place I certainly didn’t want to miss.
Instead, Melissa washed her hands EVERY time before she entered the car. She would always be on her way to the restroom before I even had the chance to say anything, and that’s true friendship.
And One Crazy Thing For the Love of A GF Blogger…
My mom helps me out a ton. Trust me, you wouldn’t let me within a thousand feet of your kitchen a year ago. Without her there would be more fire alarms going off and tell tale signs of disaster on my blog. BUT, this summer, I’m away in Colorado. Since she doesn’t want me to fall flat on my face, I sometimes receive texts like this one:
followed up by an email with a recipe too!
So, while I may be far away, I still receive many texts, tweets, emails, letters, that are sealed with some celiac love. How do your family and friends support you in your celiac or food allergy adventures?