“Is this gluten-free?”
You may remember from reading other posts of mine that, on top of all the other medical “blows” she’s been dealt, my daughter also has Celiac Disease.
Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder where the body has a reaction to gluten that damages the small intestine. The damage can lead to a variety of serious health issues.
The only treatment for Celiac is a lifelong gluten-free diet. So since 4 years old, my daughter has not tasted gluten. She has become very aware of her condition and is very conscious about what she eats. Today we went out to dinner, and she reviewed the kids menu with me after we sat. “Is this gluten-free?” she would ask me about each item.
“No, honey. No, I’m sorry that one also contains gluten.”
“Ugh,” she would reply.
What she did after that, though, is what both surprised me and made me proud. She proceeded to place an “X” through each item that didn’t fit her diet. After reviewing the menu only 2 items remained options: a hamburger (only with a gluten-free bun) and grilled chicken pieces. These items were treated to big green circles. I was so impressed watching her take this initiative towards self care and advocacy.
She ultimately chose a hamburger with gluten-free fries (fried in a designated fryer) and thoroughly enjoyed each bite.
So proud of my girl.