Living Gluten-free

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

It’s that time of year again.

Friends. Family. Holiday parties.

Food full of gluten.


Unless you have food allergies, it may be difficult to understand how hard it is for those of us who are gluten intolerant when we are invited to special events that revolve around food.

Sure. We’d love to join you in eating all the goodies, but you know what? If we did, we’d literally make ourselves sick.

In my case, that means intense abdominal pain for over a week.

Sorry, but no matter how delicious your, “It’s only got a little wheat in it.” may be, although I would love to, I’m not eating it.

It isn’t only during the two month span between November 1 and January 1 when I have to be vigilant to make sure I know what’s in something before I eat it, but it seems there are more events packed into that span of time.

If someone with a food allergy asks what will be on the menu, please don’t look at them like they are calling you a bad name.

If I had to guess, I’d say they’re not. Honest.

They just need to know whether there will be anything they can eat.

And please, understand when you tell them they should eat at home or bring their own food how uncomfortable that is.

Trust me. I know.

I’ve been told that. Done that. And from now on will politely decline to attend and hope they understand.

Rudolph’s red nose would be less conspicuous or out of place.

There are a lot of gluten-free food options out there and I am blessed with friends and family members who are sympathetic to my dilemma and provide things I can eat.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

For those of you who don’t understand … would you tell a diabetic to eat sugar?

While we know nothing God calls clean is unclean there are foods some of us need to avoid. Please be sensitive to your friends’ allergies. I thank you, and I’m sure they will as well.

If you need help finding a gluten-free recipe, check out my recipe page. 🙂

If you have allergies, how do you handle being at events where food is served?

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He was hungry and wanted to eat, but while the food was being prepared, he had a vision. He saw heaven opened and something coming down that looked like a big sheet being lowered to earth by its four corners. In it were all kinds of animals, reptiles, and birds. Then a voice said to Peter, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat.”

 But Peter said, “No, Lord! I have never eaten food that is unholy or unclean.”

But the voice said to him again, “God has made these things clean, so don’t call them ‘unholy’!” Acts 10:10-15

I wish you well.


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2 thoughts on “Living Gluten-free

  1. Thank you for this post. This was my first Thanksgiving having to be gluten free. It wasn’t easy, but my family worked hard to make sure I could eat most of the food.
    The hardest part was helping my extended family understand the danger of cross contamination. For example my mom made a gluten free apple crisp and a regular one, but I caught someone serving up a serving of each with the same spoon.


    • Kimberly, thanks for stopping by and commenting. Being G-F is soooo difficult sometimes, but as you’ve probably already discovered, eliminating the gluten makes such a difference in how you feel. There are a bunch of new products out that make it a easier than it was even 5 years ago when I was first diagnosed. Cross contamination is huge. People just don’t understand unless they’ve experienced it themselves. It’s that mindset of, “It’s only just a little wheat … ” Hope you’ve found some helpful recipes on my blog. 🙂


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