Live Gluten Free and Let Live Gluten Free

Live Gluten Free and Let Live Gluten Free

Wanna break gluten-free bread with me? It really doesn’t matter to me why you’re gluten-free. I’ll still totally share.

I’ll share recipes and advice, a hand to hold and a shoulder to cry on. Who told you that only those who get sick from a speck of gluten are welcome? Not true on my blog. No ma’am.

It breaks my heart to hear it, but is there really some perceived sort of pecking order when it comes to eating gluten-free? Like you get a gold star if you’re a celiac, a silver medal if you have medically recognized non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and everyone else has no right eating our bread?

Well, that really takes one upmanship to a whole new level, doesn’t it.

You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to enjoy a gluten-free Thin Mint, do you?

No. You don’t.

I say live GF and let live GF.

These gluten-free Do-Si-Dos? They’re yours for the asking. No proof of Girl-Scouty-ness required.

And I’m not afraid to say it out loud: Even if you are eating gluten-free because you are jumping on some so-called fad, it’s all the same to me.  C’mon in—it’s a big tent. Or at least it should be.

You don’t need to be Irish to enjoy a nice Gluten-free Shamrock Shake cupcake, after all.

And, if you do eat gluten-free, whatever your reason, there’s plenty more where that came from. My son has to eat gluten-free to stay alive and well, but it’s not like you’re taking the very food out of his 8-year-old mouth. And I’m not about to make anyone feel like they need my permission to eat gluten-free.

So if it’s any consolation, I’m here to cheer you on, no matter how you got here. ‘Cause I’m glad you’re here, and that’s all.


P.S. Know what else you can do, whether you’re a celiac or not? Buy a copy of My Cookbook! ;)

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  • Taylre
    June 10, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Maybe one day “Gluten free” will be like Vegetarian (except without the stigma because of the medical need. NO “wheat. It’s what for dinner.” bumper stickers PLEASE.) But I mean maybe one day everyone will know what it is and most restaurants will have options. Maybe one day so many people will have to be gluten free it will be a normal thing to meet someone who has it. And everyone will know what gluten is. Not that I’m wishing this on that many people. But considering the stats, if more people got diagnosed half the US *will* be diagnosed. And then of course there will be the ones who do nothing. Like the ones who do nothing for their high cholesterol. And then going gluten free will be viewed as a healthy choice. Even for those who aren’t diagnosed. Tada! Tons of people just like me and lots of nommies for me to eat. :D

  • Taylre
    June 9, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    I’m a girl scout. And I can’t eat the cookies I’m selling. And it kills. I’m making those Thin Mints. Tomorrow. *cries tears of joy*

    I love what you said about the gluten free pecking order. I’m not diagnosed Celiac (mainly because we got tired of tests. I’ve drank so much nastiness and been put under so many times to figure out what is wrong with me, I didn’t even wanna go there) and my doctor is reluctant to even believe I’m intolerant or allergic to anything (even though I’ve been having SEVERE [I mean severe like, sick for weeks] constipation problems my whole life, I’ve battled headaches since fifth grade, I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety, severe asthma, nausea and acid reflux [maybe the constipation? I dunno], and a general tired feeling. While my mom was up with me all night again when I was nine, I admitted to here that I legitimately didn’t know what it was like to feel good. Or particularly hungry.) So when I found out I may have Celiac or Gluten Intolerance, and perhaps lactose intolerance, we hopped on board. And never looked back. I feel normal. For the first time in my life, I’ve felt mostly normal these last three years. Even though I still have occasional stomach problems or minor glutamination, they’re not nearly as bad as living with it daily. And what I hate is when people wont take me seriously because I have no medical diagnosis, only an off-hand “Mmmhmm. Well if it makes you feel better…” from my doc. Even my family does this. Even my own father. And it’s hard. I don’t need to get hives or have my throat close or suffer explosive vomiting to have a gluten problem, do I? It’s not fair.

    I will make a note though. People who can (or must) deal with minor glutamination like me (we don’t keep a gluten free kitchen for the sake of my spiteful father, and we still eat dominoes because if we didn’t I’d be stuck eating salad those nights) still need to be RIGOROUS about explaining to restaurants your special dietary needs. Pretend you’re celiac if you have to. You have to explain to them to clean the grill. Etc. Because if YOU don’t, they will assume all gluten free customers wont need to have the grill cleaned. And that could make someone else EXTREMELY ILL. Just saying.

    Thank you for speaking out for us. Because if we are going to put up with being gluten free, we’re obviously doing it for a very good reason. And doctors don’t know everything, you know. :) Or at least some of them.

  • Christi
    June 6, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Thank you! It is wonderful to see a post like this! My son is allergic to wheat (among 4 other foods), so we follow a strict gluten, soy, nut, and banana free diet. He breaks out in hives with any exposure to wheat, so we read every label and rarely ever eat out with him. I can’t even tell you how many times I have had a person say “Well… at least he doesn’t have celiacs, that would be really tough!” I find myself often thinking to myself what is the difference in the choices we must make in his diet?! Many times I bite my tongue, but really wish I could say “but you are an adult… and you have a lot more food choices than my 2 year old, even with removing wheat!” “You don’t have to try to explain to a 2 year old that they can almost never have a tasty treat they are offered”… etc. The reality is that EVERYONE that is on a gluten free diet is doing it for a reason… why would anyone put themselves through purchasing more expensive food, more difficult eating out or more challenging baking “just because”?! I just wish people would look at you and say “I understand”.

    Thank you for giving me a place to come to find amazing recipes to try! It is giving us the opportunity to bake our son some wonderful treats when MANY brands (even gluten free) are not an option due to wheat, soy, or nut contamination.

    • June 7, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      I wish that, too, Christi. I wish they would either say “I understand” or just nod and smile. People should probably talk less and listen more. I’m so glad the blog has been helpful to you. I see that he can’t have soy, but that you didn’t say that dairy is off-limits. That’s a very good thing. If I had to choose between soy and dairy, I’d pick dairy!
      xoxo Nicole

      • Christi
        June 7, 2012 at 6:44 PM

        Yes! He can have dairy! Soy has been a lot more challenging than I imagined, but so thankful for the things he can have. We have even found out that he breaks out in hives if he uses crayola markers due to their soy based formulas. It has been a learning curve, but so worth it to find great recipes to give him some treats! I have also found that when I bake gluten free items from scratch that they don’t taste bad at all! Amazing from what we started with at the beginning!

  • Annabanana
    June 5, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    Hi Nicole

    I have been enjoying your newsletter immensely and started with the tests you were doing on different brands of gluten-free flour. I am wondering why you did not include Bob’s Red Mill GF flour. Bob’s Red Mill has a line of GF mixes, as well. I cannot get some of the flours you tested except the Better Batter I can get on the internet. I have been to their website and have not yet ordered, but your tests make me want to try it. Have you ever tried Bob’s Red Mill? It is a West Coast thing. Bob’s Red Mill is available here in some grocery stores, as well. There is also one in the health food stores here called Pamela’s.

    • June 5, 2012 at 9:06 AM

      Hi, AB,
      I’m really glad you’ve been enjoying my emails. I have extensive experience with Bob’s Red Mill “all-purpose GF flour,” but I do not use it at all any longer, and haven’t for a few years. It is a bean-based flour, and I don’t consider it a true “all purpose” flour, as it simply won’t work for many purposes and I find it has an unpleasant aftertaste and smell. Pamela’s baking mix is a nice mix, but it is not intended to be an all-purpose flour. It is a multi-ingredient baking mix, with additional ingredients such as baking powder, baking soda and salt added to it. Think of it like GF Bisquick.
      xoxo Nicole

  • Monica
    June 4, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    I was curious of the picture of Thin Mint cookies. Do you have a recipe for them or is this something we can look forward to in your next cookbook?:) Also, I needed this post because I’ve been putting a pecking order in my head. My husband has Celiac and since we’ve gone gf the whole world seems to be, for all types of reasons then we have people saying it’s a fad. blah blah,, I’m sure you’ve heard it all. Anyway, I needed it so I could throw away my pecking order list!LOL

    • June 5, 2012 at 9:00 AM

      Hi, Monica,
      The Thin Mints will be a blog recipe, so you won’t have to wait until the new book comes out in October. I just haven’t posted it yet on the blog. So glad you’re throwing out your pecking order list. Who needs it. And it’s like anything else – once it becomes directly relevant to your life, it suddenly seems to be everywhere. When we first had kids, suddenly diaper commercials were everywhere. :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • June 3, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    wow what GORGEOUS looking goodies! thanks for sharing! live and let live! great advice! love your blog!

  • Margaret
    June 1, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Your blog today was very timely! I was just having this discussion with someone on line a few days ago. And we both feel like we are labeled because we talk about gluten free stuff so often. But it is a topic that is hard to NOT talk about. So, here’s my question for today. Thin mints? You are teasing us right? You showed the photo. I want to make some! Recipe please!

    • June 4, 2012 at 9:50 AM

      I have the recipe, Margaret, and I will definitely post it soon! I hadn’t meant to tease, but I was chasing a metaphor! :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Sandy
    June 1, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    I have several people that request the gluten free recipes that I comment about. I don’t care if they have to be gluten free or not. A person needs to eat a variety of grains even if they don’t have to eliminate gluten. I love to share the blogposts that I use regularly! Yours is always on my list to share!!

  • Jamie
    June 1, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    I did not realize there was a pecking order but am not surprised. I was diagnosed with testing but know many who had to self diagnose. Why, because testing is not the most reliable, if it was it wouldn’t take people 15 years before they finally get a positive and know what is wrong. If you feel better gluten free then so be it do it. If I knew what gluten free was when I was going from doctor to doctor for 15 years trying to find out why I was so sick I certainly would have tried it instead of waiting for a doctor to tell me to do it.

  • Chris
    June 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    I would like to echo Melissa’s comments…..if you can CHOOSE to feel better by avoiding gluten, and you DO just that, then good for you! But, sometimes you have to develop a kind of armor that allows you to still BE with the the people that don’t understand. If I can CHOOSE to avoid gluten and then avoid the extra inflammation and unmistakable joint pain that accompanies ingesting it, then I have to be able to not care what is said to me about how I “choose” to go gluten-free without a diagnosis. I don’t NEED a diagnosis! I know my body and I know it’s gluten-sensitive. THAT is all I have to know. I also know my son had to genetically “get it” from somewhere…which is why I started to look at it very seriously in the first place…and how he is a completely different person when I can “encourage” him to stay clean. Otherwise, A.D.H.D., anyone??? Oh boy…trust me, choosing g-free is the difference between happy vs. insanity!!! Ya gotta do what ya gotta do!

  • Karen M
    June 1, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Nicole, just wanted to say that I am really enjoying your website and your book. I am very excited about your new book coming out and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! Your post today was very interesting, I am glad you brought this topic out in the open and I agree with you, it isn’t like somebody who chooses to eat gluten free for reasons other than gluten sensitivity are taking food out of my childrens mouths for petes sake! And why would we want this to be an exclusive club, the more of us that choose this diet, the more great gluten free products will be developed, and I really like the sound of that!

  • Ashley c
    June 1, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    Thanks so much for this post. I haven’t experienced this but have seen it happen. I’ve been gluten free for 4 months now and feel great. I work in the medical field and its Amazons the education ive had to give medical Providers in that period. I’m on the more the marrier because people just have no clue what gluten is sometimes. Education is power so I say spread the word and make people swear.

  • Melissa Rose
    May 31, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    THANK YOU for this post Nicole!! I have not been diagnosed with celiac or gluten sensitivity, but I know my body and I know that it’s gluten sensitive! I don’t need doctors or tests to tell me! (they seem like a waste of time when I could just not eat gluten and feel better!) but I do cop a lock of flack, mostly from non-GF people though! They tell me about their relatives and friends with celiac and tell me mine is just a “choice”. And I guess in some ways it is. But if they could ‘choose’ to feel sick or to feel well, and they choose to feel well, and I doubt they would call it that!! They think I can just change as I please and eat gluten foods if I want to, they don’t realise the price I pay when I do that!! *sigh* ok, rant over! Sorry! I don’t know a lot of celiac people, but most of the ones that I meet are usually glad to share their experiences and resources with me, which I am grateful for! And I am always quick to share your blog, because it has helped me so much! I am on here quite often to grab a recipe, and the way you write it fantastic, I love it! :) I am determined to buy your book one day too, it’s on my to do list! ;)
    xoxo Melissa

    • Elaine Finlay
      May 31, 2012 at 9:28 PM

      A doctor I know of who is a diagnosed celiac has written a forward to his wife’s GF cookbook states his belief that celiac disease is end stage of gluten sensitivity and that there is a whole range of sensitivity that we are not documenting and testing for. It gave me a lot of confidence in my choice to keep to a GF diet.

      • Anonymous
        May 31, 2012 at 9:45 PM

        I have heard that as well!

      • May 31, 2012 at 9:49 PM

        That’s really interesting, Elaine. There is so much we don’t know about gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity. The fact that the mainstream medical community finally recognizes gluten sensitivity as something that is “real” is a big step, but I have long believed that it is just the tip of the iceberg. Thanks for sharing that. I’m glad it helped give you the courage to take care of yourself the way you know you should.
        xoxo Nicole

  • kelly
    May 31, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    I’m new to gluten free, so bear with me. It’s interesting that, even though there shouldn’t be a “pecking order”, it still happens in some unexpected places. My daughter is a type 1 diabetic who has now also been diagnosed with celiac. I love your site and was excited to discover better batter gluten free flour . . .however, when I went to there website, I saw that they give a discount to children who have a doctors diagnosis of autism. Seem fair? I realize people deal with specifice issues (and I’ll admit, autism is a tough one; I’ve treated plenty of autistic kids as a PT), but EVERYBODY deals with something, so how come we can’t all just help each other?

    • May 31, 2012 at 9:44 PM

      Hi, Kelly,
      For many people, treating their child’s autism is directly related to a gluten-free, casein-free diet. Diabetes is not treated with a gluten-free diet. If you are in financial need, Better Batter also provides financial aid to make gluten-free flour available to you at an individual price that you personally can afford. Beyond saying that, I think that, if we go down the road of debating which disorder is more deserving, it becomes its own game of one upmanship, and I consider that counterproductive.

      • kelly
        May 31, 2012 at 9:57 PM

        wasn’t trying to compare; I”m sorry if it came across that way. It’s hard to get across “intent” on a website. I would like to say, however, that about 1 in 10 kids with type 1 diabetes will be diagnosed with celiac as well . . . as is the case with my daughter. (She is a type one diabetic AND a celiac . . . I’m not trying to treat type 1 diabetes with gluten free food, I’m trying to treat celiac; sorry about the confusion there.) There is a direct correlation between the two diseases but they are still trying to pinpoint exactly what it is. I know that many kids who are autistic have incredible behavioral changes when they go gluten free. As a healthcare professional, I worked in several pediatric programs where gluten free diets were part of our autistic program. I guess I’m just trying to say that, if you are offering a discount to one group for medical diagnosis, you should do it for ALL groups with a medical diagnosis (celiacs included). I’m not angy (I don’t mean to sound angry anyway . . .again, it’s hard to get accross “intent” on the computer.) I just found it interesting that we were talking about not having certain “pecking order” in the gulten free world, and yet, people still do. I just was commenting on that observation . . .Sorry it came across wrong.

      • June 4, 2012 at 4:25 PM

        May I chime in here?

        The reason better batter offers financial aid to those with developmental disorders or low income (WIC/SNAP approval) is strictly financial.

        Generally speaking, treatments for autism are pricey and most of them are not covered by insurances – this includes the gf/cf diet. Most parent doing the gfcf diet for developmental disorders are also paying for several other therapies, and we have found over the years that there is considerable financial strain on those families. As a part of that community, who has experienced this first hand, I decided to make it affordable to have this form of therapy offset by our financial aid program.

        We also offer the option to those on WIC (which is a very generous income requirement) and SNAP, to help offset their grocery costs above and beyond the governmental assistance.

        And, although it is not listed, we have many, many times, authorized financial aid in cases of financial consideratino for other medical diagnosis – such as some cancer patients, other developmental disorders, etc – or for other financially restrained families that fall into the ‘donut’ of not being quite eligible for low income, but not being able to make it without help.

        Meanwhile for the rest of the world, not constrained by medical diagnosis or financial need, we offer our Bulk Pricing at the SAME rates as our financial aid – so EVERYONE can get the low rate.

        The key difference between the Financial Aid Pricing and the regular pricing, is that the FA people can order smaller amounts than bulk – it is our way of helping them afford the bulk rate, although they can’t afford to buy the bulk quantity. What this means for us is that often we lose money on these small orders because we’re paying more for the shipping percentage wise. But we think it’s the right thing to do, because otherwise these two groups would often get cut out of the deal that comes with ordering in bulk.

        In other words, we don’t have a pecking order at better batter – we have a passion to make sure everyone CAN get the product at affordable rates.

        Hope this helps


  • May 31, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    You’re so right! I never understood those people who were annoyed by non-diagnosed-celiacs taking on the diet. As far as I can tell, the more people who eat GF, the more companies with pander to us and develop good products. Thanks for saying this!

  • freespirit
    May 31, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Thanks Nicole for leading the way. You are a hero in my world! Last night I spent the evening with some of my girlfriends…we are all divorced now with all our children grown & some with grandchildren. We are thinking about taking a road trip in a rented RV & as we were deciding who would do what one of them spoke up & said she would be happy to go GF for the trip if I would be willing to cook for all 5 of us & bless their hearts they all agreed. It felt good that a small group ot my friends understand why I am GF.

    • May 31, 2012 at 9:53 PM

      Now those ladies are real keepers, Peggy! That trip sounds wonderful. But I hope you enlist their help in some of the cooking!
      xoxo Nicole

  • May 31, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    You are always spot on with what I am thinking! You very much encouraged me 2 weeks ago with keeping your hands off my gluten free kid. Our stories have many similarities and I so feel that when I read your posts that you are a fighting voice for me….for us (your blog readers) I know that we very much appreciate your work and the voice you have to say things that sometimes we don’t! Keep up the great work! Love all that you!

    • May 31, 2012 at 9:55 PM

      I’m so glad, Cindy. I remember the reaction you had to that Keep Your Hands Off My Gluten-Free Kid post. There’s strength in numbers, and hope in community. And no one’s the boss of me these days, so I’m happy to call a spade a spade. I do try to mete out the truth bit by bit, so as not to scare anyone too much, though. :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Elaine Finlay
    May 31, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Ye, yes, yes, and a big welcome and a pat on the back to us all.
    I am one of those who aren’t medically celiac although on Omega testing a few years ago, wheat was a great big NO! I ignored it for a while… until I couldn’t walk for the inflammation and arthritis in my feet and knees. My body made me take notice.
    I have felt that pecking order. Although lately a few of my friends have been told by their doctor to eat gluten free to help control rheumatoid arthritis.
    The tent is, by necessity getting larger and larger, and this is the first of the sites that I send my newly converted friends to.
    Thank you for your welcome!

  • Sara
    May 31, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    I was just thinking about this the other day, too. Great timing for the subject! It looks like at least one other person agrees with that timing. After coming down with ulcerative colitis over a year ago, I discovered that eliminating wheat in my diet reduced my symptoms by around 80% if I had to estimate… I cheated a few times, not being able to resist the offering up of various favorites and boy, did I pay for it! I am now strict and feeling better. I just wish I was as good a chef as Nicole. I was just telling the husband the other day… I wish she lived with us. Can you imagine the blessings and good fortune of having this fabulous woman in your kitchen and life? Not to mention… apparently she makes chicken pot pies. OK. Enough said. Seriously folks… gluten free chicken pot pies!!! Swoon…

    • May 31, 2012 at 9:59 PM

      Sara, you can make gluten-free chicken pot pie! You don’t need me moving in. I have terrible morning hair. ;) There’s a recipe for GF chicken pot pie in my first cookbook, and a recipe for a quick version of it in the new one. And it’s easy as … pie (sorry, couldn’t resist). It’s amazing how well you’ve done on a gluten-free diet. It makes sense, though, since R.A. is an autoimmune disease, too. Cheers to your good health!
      xoxo Nicole

  • Jenna
    May 31, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Ohmygoodness, is there a recipe to accompany that wonderful Thin Mints picture?

    • May 31, 2012 at 6:03 PM

      There is, Jenna, but I haven’t posted it yet! I promise I will. I have it all ready, and will probably schedule it to post when I’m away on vacation this July. I’m hoarding blog posts in anticipation. :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Kristi
    May 31, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    I am too busy right now so I can’t post a long response….just kidding! I love this Nik! It sets me free.

  • LaTanya
    May 31, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    And once again…this is why you’re so freakin awesome!!!! XOXOX

  • Angel
    May 31, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    You make the world a better place, Nicole! Thanks for all you do. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: YOU ROCK!

  • Jennifer
    May 31, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    As far as I am concerned, the more people that eat gluten free, the better! The more awareness there is, and the more people who frmand gluten free items in stores (and at restaurants!), the more gluten free will become a “normal” way of life, not just for us “weirdos” who have to be so difficult! One day it would be nice for everyone to at least be aware of what gluten free really means, and to be able to eat safe not matter where we are. Thank you, Nicole, for all you do to help raise that awareness and make life better for those of us who eat gluten free! xo

    • May 31, 2012 at 10:01 PM

      I agree, Jennifer. More is more, in this case. And I think that any fears that a spike in popularity that later recedes will collapse the GF market just seem unfounded. More people are cutting out gluten for better health, and more people are getting diagnosed with celiac disease than ever before. More people in the market now can only serve to jump start it, so quality goes up and price comes down. Nothing to complain about there!
      xoxo Nicole

  • May 31, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    I just love reading your recipes. They sound sooo good! My sister gave me your cookbook for my birthday & I FINALLY got up the nerve to try to bake. I made the Chocolate Chip Blondie Cupcakes. I read the directions but it’s so had to know (never having baked GF before) what is too moist or stiff enough. Well my cupcakes were good even if they were a little flat. & yes I was sad just like you said in the recipe. Thanks for all your had work giving up such tasty recipes. Sandy

  • Jackie Fretwell
    May 31, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    I too would just love to give you a great big hug!!! I would if you were here now. I feel the same about all this gluten free eating. Michelle I believe has hit it right on the nail. I hate it when people are judgemental. It’s just not right. I try so hard not to judge others as well. I say too bad for those gluten eaters..they don’t get the experience what I discovered this past year or so after finding out that my 5 year old daughter has celiac. I have found out that I am a baker at heart and I LOVE being in the kitchen baking up a storm. Did I ever think that I would be baking gluten free..nope not for one second. I didn’t even know what that was before all this..but it’s fun and I enjoy baking good gee eff food for the family. And it’s you Nicole who has made that possilbe. You brought out that baker in me and so that’s why I say too bad for those gluten eaters who may never make a loaf a bread from scratch in their whole life. I can say that I have and I did and I LOVE every minute of it!!
    I’ve got your new book ordered already and I cannot wait to find out what new things you’re going to get me baking. So Thank You..♥♥♥


    • May 31, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      I guess it all happened for lots of good reasons for you, Jackie. Thank you for the kind words, and for all your support. I couldn’t do it without you!
      xoxo Nicole

  • Michelle O
    May 31, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    You are awesome Nicole! I have found that people that are supposed to be the most supportive, well aren’t. But that doesn’t bother me personally, I am used to it. I do feel bad for people that can’t handle it though. I posted on my FB status the other day “Judgement~ the easiest thing to give and the hardest to receive”. I have gotten good at receiving it and for the most part do not care. I am not a reflection of what people think of me, that is a reflection of who they are. I truly believe that people like to judge to make themselves feel better. Every one does it at some time, to some level. I try hard not to. I feel like a person’s body, and health is a personal unique experience and that none of us should say “I have it harder, or you have it harder”. It is different. We have autism and special diets in our life. At times it is hard, but is my hard worse than someone else’s hard? Absolutely not, it is different. So I love your post because you aren’t judging if I am not doing it your way.

    • May 31, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      That’s just the thing, though, Michelle. I remember noticing about 15 years ago that people started to brag about how “busy” they were. No, I can’t do that. I’m too busy. I’m so busy, I’m always running around, I work all the time. My kids are so busy. My husband is so busy. I’m busy. Even as young as I was at the time I started to notice it, the whole thing seemed so silly. Who wants to win that contest? Replace “busy” with “sick,” and it’s the same. I want to lose the hardship contest! Pencil me in for last place, and I’ll work toward that. :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Melissa Friend
    May 31, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Thanks for this post! I’m not celiac, but am extremely gluten sensitive and get very sick… but recently I have felt because I don’t have celiac, I am treated differently. I wondered about a “pecking order” – and your post has come at the perfect time!
    Thanks for all you do for the GF community!

    • May 31, 2012 at 10:39 AM

      You took the words right out of my mouth Melissa F.
      It’s nice to know that I am not the only person who feels that I get a different vibe for not having Celiac.

      • freespirit
        May 31, 2012 at 1:53 PM

        I know what you mean! When I say I am not able to eat wheat/gluten I am asked if I have been diagnosed with Celiac. No I haven’t but I listen to my own body & I know how my body responds to gluten so why would I continue to eat those things that make me feel bad or sick. The freedom I experienced after removing gluten was/is so worth it! Everyone should take the time to listen to their own bodies!

    • May 31, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      Even the idea of a pecking order on the subject is really perverse. Keep taking good care of yourself, Melissa. You don’t need anyone’s permission!
      xoxo Nicole

  • Linda H
    May 31, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    I’m glad to be here and so thankful for you, your website, and your awesome book. I can’t wait for your new one to be released. I just want to give you a big (((HUG))).

    • May 31, 2012 at 12:15 PM

      Thanks for the hug, Linda! :)
      xoxo Nicole

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