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Then there are the meetings with snacks and doughnuts, birthday parties with cake, and of course non-optional company events we have to attend.

Here too are the well-meaning people who make sure there is something gluten free(GF) at the gatherings.

We find the best way to protect ourselves is to be open with the team we interact with daily and bring our own food or just refrain from eating until we are at home.It can be an awkward situation as it is almost impossible for those without the disease to understand the facility with which and the ramifications of “getting glutened.” We don’t want to hurt the feelings of those who love us or look unappreciative, or worse neurotic, to those who make a special effort for us. So we find that perhaps it is easier if we just say no….Protecting our bodies can seem like we are not protecting our relationships. No to the going to the party, no to eating someone else’s food, no to participating in the event.This seemingly innocuous task actually involves a complex set of components to manage and think about.We find there is little written about the social side of living with celiac disease. How do we tell a friend who continues to make “GF” treats in her non-gluten free (GF) kitchen you cannot eat them due to cross contamination?

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