Getting the Family Gluten Free

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by | Jul 26, 2015 | Nutrition, Resource Center

Are you having a hard time convincing your family members to get tested for gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease?

If you suffer from gluten intolerance or Celiac disease, chances are someone in your family may also. It can be very difficult to convince someone close to us to get tested, especially when we see them suffering symptoms that we believe might be curable.

Most people won’t get tested because they’re scared they will have to give up their favorite foods. They have a misconception of what you can and can’t eat on a gluten free diet and how good gluten free meals can actually taste.

Here is how to show them the way:

1. At the next family function or dinner, bring a gluten free dish. The less obvious it’s gluten free, the better. Don’t talk about your dish being healthy or gluten free. Just place it among the other dishes and allow everyone to enjoy it. When they’re telling you how much they love it, then tell them it’s gluten free and explain the benefits of eating your dish versus the traditional style of your dish.

2. Just like bringing a dinner dish, try bringing a dessert also. This always opens people’s eyes. Nobody will believe the delicious cookies, brownies, or chocolate cake you brought was sugarless, flourless, and practically healthy compared to the usual versions.

3. Give them time and don’t pressure them. As they watch you eat tasty foods and feel great while doing so, they will eventually begin to ask you more and more questions regarding your lifestyle.

4. Invite them to a dinner party at your house. This is your big chance to give them a gluten free meal from start to finish. After they’ve enjoyed their delicious dinner, ask them how they feel. Ask them if they feel bloated or sleepy. They will be pleasantly surprised to feel great and energized.

5. As they begin to seem more interested, remind them the benefits again. Show them the long list of diseases and symptoms related to Celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Help them make the connection between the symptoms listed and the symptoms they are experiencing.

6. Finally, tell them you will support them and you will go through it together. Reassure them that the lifestyle will be easier than they think and they will experience results quickly. It might just save their life!