Stop the Gluten-free jokes! Please.


I am thankful for so many things and I try to practice thankfulness everyday. But I have to be honest I can be genuinely thankful for many things and sometimes I get annoyed too. I’m human.  So here it goes…

Why is GF the butt of many jokes?

Caution, angry rant to follow!

Canadian Thanksgiving just finished so I spent the weekend with family and friends surrounded by gluten filled stuffing, cakes and cookies.  Of course I had to hear once again all the jokes about eating gluten free.  “What makes food taste so good?………GLUTEN!”  Ha ha ha ha ha, yeah that was so funny, why don’t you change the record?

20 years ago one of my good friends was lactose intolerant.  We would order pizza but without cheese.  No one ever made him feel bad about it.  No one ever said “what makes cheese taste so good?…..LACTOSE!”  No, that is really not funny, is it?  We have had lactose free milk for as long as I can remember and Lactaid tablets you can pop in your glass of milk to help you digest it. It is a non issue. No one makes fun or jests about it, we just go on about out lives.

What are the symptoms of lactose intolerance?  Well if you ingest lactose you get a lot of GI distress, gas bloating stomach pain, you feel like your intestines are in knots…..hmmmm does this sound familiar?  Pretty much the same symptoms I experience if I eat gluten but yet some people feel they need to make fun at every meal.  Do they lack that much self confidence that they feel the need to make fun of someone’s diet? Perhaps they are just stupid and lack social graces to just live and let live.  Are they so devoid of humour that is all they can find to joke about is a gluten-free diet?

I mean seriously if someone is diabetic would they be saying “you know what makes food so good?….sugar!” What a loser you can’t eat sugar!  Ha ha ha ha sugar can cause you pain and it might kill you but man that is funny and I think I will make joke after joke after joke about it because I am that simple and ignorant.

I am so tired of someone’s diet being the butt of jokes.  I don’t care if it is a choice or a medical need NOT to eat gluten, it is no one’s business but your own.

I didn’t sit there watching people eating stuffing, cookies and cake and comment on how big their gut was getting.  Wow!  Have another cookie and perhaps you can have a triple chin instead of a double chin!  Ha ha you are getting so fat because you shovel gluten filled, sugar filled food into your mouth like someone who hasn’t seen food in years!

No because that is rude and it would hurt someone’s feelings and quite frankly it is none of my damn business what someone eats!

Because Monday was a holiday I had the TV on during the day.  Flipping through the channels I stopped on the Kathy Lee and Hoda show (or whatever it is called).  They had a burger laden with cheese, Kathy Lee took a bite but Hoda declined saying she could not eat it because she was lactose intolerant.  This is the same woman who made fun of people who ate gluten free.  Really Hoda?  It is ok for you to be lactose intolerant but there is something wrong with me because I eat gluten free?  Does that make you a picky eater like apparently people who abstain from gluten are?

Can we please move on from making GF just a great big joke?  You know what is funny?  That camel on the Geico commercial “Hey Mike, Mike, Mike, guess what day it is? Guess what day it is?”  That cracks me up! If you haven’t seen it you should. Funny stuff!

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