I use to get angry when writers talked about Gluten Free (and Vegan for that matter) diets as being the latest new diet!! Gluten Free Diets are NOT a Fad for me — and I am sure that is true for lots of you!!
Being Gluten Free and (nearly) Vegan for over three years, I have learned to live without wheat, dairy and egg products. This was not a decision based on a choice to follow a fad! I was generally ill from these foods. (NOTE: If you are interested in reading about my Gluten induced Alzheimers, click here!) But even now, I crave pizza, ice cream drumsticks, and scrambled eggs …. and, I am sorry, but the substitutes are just not the same!!
So, this is where my angry comes into play when I read about the new Gluten Free fad diet!! If I had a choice, I would probably be eating pizza, ice cream drumsticks, and scrambled eggs!! But I chose to be healthy and have my brains working correctly rather than enjoy these foods. 🙂
On the other hand, there is some good to this fad diet craze: More and more stores and outlets are offering Gluten Free Vegan options. Even since I first went Gluten Free Vegan three years ago, there are lots more options available. I use to be afraid to go out to eat, but now I know that MOST Mexican dishes are safe (when I tell them to hold the cheese and dairy), and if I am careful, Chinese food works. There are a few restaurants, like the Red Lobster, where I can ask specially for help with my restrictions and someone is there to help! And buffet style restaurants are wonderful as I can find Gluten Free Vegan dishes and my meat-eating husband can find something he likes!!
In conclusion, I have now learned to appreciate my fad diet friends because without them, I would not have all the Gluten Free Vegan options that I now enjoy!!
PS: This post was inspired by the following article: Going Gluten Free: Is it Worth the Effort?