I'm gluten free, dairy free, mostly soy free, now refined sugar free, and I have GERD so I have to limit acidic foods. Here I've answered some common questions/statements I get-- from people who just find out, to people who have known for years:
"How do you do it?"
With lots of planning and support. If you need to eliminate something, check out my ten tips here. What it really comes down to is that I have no choice. I just have to make it work.
"What do you EAT?"
Vegetables, oatmeal, eggs, fruit, a ton of rice, beans, some meat, almond milk, water, coffee. You know, real food ;)
"So you basically have to eat really healthy?"
Yes. I often joke that my body is highly evolved and forces me to consume nutritious (whole) foods, while avoiding those that could cause damage (processed).
"Is your husband gluten-free too?"
No, and I don't expect him to be. Whenever we share a meal that we spend time preparing, it is ALWAYS naturally gluten-free. Unless of course it's gluten-free pasta. But for a quick meal, lunch, etc, he eats whatever he wants. A lot of the time it happens to be gluten free, but not always. & He's super careful about cross contamination.
"Does your husband eat really healthy with you?"
Yes. He's introduced me to many of the foods/vegetables I now love.
"I don't think I could live without cheese."
Literally or figuratively?
"What do you miss the most?"
I don't have that type of mindset. Maybe once every few months I'll see something that I wish I could have, but those occasions are rare and short-lived. I really like the food I can eat.
"What happens if you eat any of those things?"
*I usually have to assess if they truly want the confessional or not. My symptoms include joint pain, food going right through me, acne, stomach cramps, bloating, etc. By that point, they've heard enough and get it. Every once in a while I'll throw out the "explosive diarrhea" just to see how they react :) (it's true, just not something most people share)
"Wait you can't eat pizza then?"
Not unless it's made with gluten-free crust, using a vegan cheese, preferably has olive oil instead of tomato sauce and is not made on the same equipment as your gluten pizza.
"Would you ever eat the foods if your body healed?"
*Surprisingly, this is pretty common. People like to know the ins and outs of how I deal with all of this.
I would never go back to eating gluten. That was just too bad. It'd be nice if I didn't get sick from dairy because Greek yogurt has so much protein, calcium, and all of those probiotics. As for sugar, I just started eliminating it early January. I'm taking it month by month- for now, it's fun to find new ways to eat.
If there's a question you want to ask, let me know in the comments! I'm an open book.