Let’s face it. You got spoiled. You got used to thinking that when you went out to eat, you could. Then, for whatever reason, you could no longer eat a specific food.
I like to think that most people are good at heart. No one wants to bother people or make life difficult. You don’t want to be “that person.”
When people first transition from eating gluten to “being denied,” going to a restaurant or a friends house can make you feel like you have to be apologetic. I’ve been “glutened” too many times. I’m over that.
Remember the phrase, “The customer is always right”?
Well, it is your right to go into a restaurant and ask questions about the food. How is it prepared? What’s in it? Is there a dedicated “safe-space” for preparation of meals for people with food allergies or sensitivities?
This is one of the reasons I love festivals like the Nourished Festival. (Previously named the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo.)
Not only is everything gluten-free, but because it is the largest and fastest growing special diet festival in the US, questions are expected – even welcomed.
Many of these vendors are the same people who created these products and want to share that information with you.
This year the Nourished Festival expanded their special zones for different people’s diets. They now have Gluten-free, Nut-free, Keto, Paleo, and Plant-based zones. In keeping with their original mission, everything in every zone is still gluten-free!
Traveling to 10 cities each year, this weekend (October 5-6, 2019) the Nourished Festival comes to Secaucus, NJ (only 10 miles outside of NYC). Gluten-free foodies can safely gather around food once more freely.
This is where the unthinkable happens. They get to experiment with food! They come hungry and leave full. They try products that haven’t even hit the markets. They test samples, so they don’t have another “buyer’s regret” moment after purchasing crackers or pizza or pasta that tastes like sand. They get coupons for products they want to try again when they get home. And they can even hear speakers give educational classes (especially helpful for those newbies out there.)
I know it is hard to make these changes. I know it can be discouraging at times. I’ve lived the life and fought the good fight myself. But ultimately this comes down to one thing – your health.
You aren’t doing this for kicks. You are actively seeking to restore or maintain good health. Never let anyone make you feel like gluten-free allergies, gluten sensitivities, or wheat-related disorders are a fad that is somehow worth mocking. Take that as your queue to educate them.
Whichever diet you follow, what goes on the end of your fork lies with you – not the waiter, the cashier at the grocery store, or even your family and friends.
I’d like to congratulate the Nourished Festival on its success and thank them for their dedication and education towards reaching so many people.
May you have continued success.
Check their website to see if the Nourished Festival will be in your area. If you have the opportunity to go, it really is a treat: https://nourishedfestival.com/expos