Sep 16 , 2019
It's been a while since we've posted on the blog. Call it being busy with travel and interviewing potential new employees. Call it writer's block. Call it procrastination. Maybe call it a mix of all the above.
Then yesterday morning inspiration hit in the form of a single-page article in the latest Experience Life magazine: Jessie Diggins: An Athlete's Eating Disorder- and Recovery In the article, world class cross country skier Jessie Diggins echoed a message I send frequently, though hers was about how we treat the topic of eating disorders in society, while I wax similar about the treatment of those with food allergies. Ms. Diggins alluded to broken wrists, while I talk about broken legs. But the message is the same: It's time to stop stigmatizing eating disorders in our society, just like it's time to stop stigmatizing food allergies.
In the meantime, though it may be uncomfortable, if you have celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, peanut or tree nut or other food allergies, it's in your best interest to speak up, to get the support and safety you need. If you or a friend or family member have been diagnosed recently, know that there are resources out there to help. Band together with others who understand your condition, to support and encourage each other and to speak with a louder voice. There is power in numbers.
Speaking of blogs, there is a growing community online of bloggers who live with celiac disease and food allergies. They do some of the legwork for you in terms of researching products and resources, and provide real conversations about frustrations, successes, funnies, daily life. Here is a list to get you started:
To connect in person, look for a local group. Here is a start:
Speaking up in an intimdating environment can be challenging, but like Ms. Diggins realized, although she felt like her life couldn't go on without her eating disorder, she also realized it couldn't go on with that eating disorder. For someone with food allergies, not speaking up could be a life or death situation. Don't take that chance.
It is time to make a thing of the past the stigma attached to any condition that makes one appear or feel "weak" compared with the general population. We all have weaknesses. Let's play to our strengths, find our compassion, and support others in need.
With respect, and looking forward to meeting and talking with the many participants in this coming Saturday's My Gluten Free World Expo in Salt Lake City, UT.