I’m starting to notice in talking most adults about Logan or when things come up in conversation about going gluten free, I almost always get a super negative response. It revolves around “that’s terrible” and it basically comes down to “that sucks, or what can he eat.” I see these people think to themselves, wow, I’m so glad I don’t have that. My thought is there are lots of other things out there that are worse. This is an adjustment, but it’s doable and I now feel like it’s not that bad. It definitely took a little time to get used to and figure out what had gluten in it, what GF products he liked, and which recipes to make. Logan’s four, and that means that I make the nutritional decisions for him and mostly for the family. As an adult, he may or may not adhere as closely as we do now to the GF diet (I hope he does), but it’s my job to set the example and tell him that being different is ok. We translate that to, “You have a special tummy.”
At school, there’s never a problem. The teachers are extremely receptive about what he can and can’t have and I fill in the gaps when there’s something special like cupcakes or cookies for the class. Logan’s teacher also told me that the kids already know Logan’s snack is just a little different. That’s just the way it is and no one seems to care one way or the other…including Logan.
We went to Chuck E. Cheese’s the other day for a birthday party. It was our first time there and though I didn’t go online and check or ask anyone, I was pretty sure there was nothing he could eat there. So…I packed a lunch and a cupcake. The kids didn’t even notice or are used to Logan eating a little different, the mom’s figured I’d take care of it. No biggie…and that’s exactly the way I hope Logan see’s it growing up.
I’m glad Logan and I have such a great support system at home, with friends, and at school. I really think that’s the key. Having people support you instead of making it such a big deal would be nice in most situations in life, living GF just happens to be one of those situations. I think it’s all about information. There’s definitely more out there than there used to be, as well as more really good products. I hope manufactures continue to get into this niche market so prices go down and more good tasting GF food is on the shelves. I hope one day…Logan will be able to pick up a pack of GF Oreo cookies right off the shelf at the grocery store…until then, we bake!G-Free Mommy Jennifer