A SHARED FOOD HOUSEHOLD
by Jordan Middlebrook, aka: King Gluten Free (@kingglutenfree on all social media)
Not everyone in any given house has celiac disease so there is a very good chance that there is a shared house hold. Based on a four person household, usually one person has to be 100% gluten-free and has their own shelf in the pantry and their own little section in the fridge where all their food sits. Maybe you have to keep writing ‘gluten-free’ on all the food because the gluten-full people in your home just don’t get it.
This can be the case, more often than not. One person has to be medically gluten-free while the rest of the family can go willy-nilly and eat whatever comes their way. It’s not a problem, its just a common household and family dynamic. Yes there are families that ALL go gluten-free to make things easier; that’s not always the case.
Sharing a home with people who don’t have to be gluten-free can be as frustrating as sharing a home with your in-laws.
Making sure everyone in the house is aware of what crumbs of gluten filled food can do to the peanut butter is of top priority, and letting the diagnosed celiac know that they used the spinach dip by cramming in bread sticks, is of the most importance. Sometimes the other members of the household drop the ball when it comes to making sure the gluten-free food stays gluten-free (the case and be argued that making sure the gluten-free food stays gluten-free is up to the person who needs to be gluten-free. But where does the respect click in?). Just keeping all those in the house involved in the what is gluten-free in the house is as important as making sure you, as a diagnosed celiac knows what gets tainted with their terrible wheat crumbs.
SIDEBAR: I have said ‘gluten-free’ a ton of times in this blog.
Maintaining a proper gluten-free diet in a house of people that that don’t need to be gluten-free can sometimes be an epic challenge. And in the end, it’s always love and understanding that gets the message across.
Not all shared households are like that but the real good ones are, and to the person who needs to be 100% gluten-free it’s one of the greatest things in the world, because if you can’t feel safe about your own food at home; where can you feel safe?