Gluten Free Diets can be Depressing

Studies have reported that having to follow a gluten free diet has been shown to cause depression and an impaired quality of life in women suffering from celiac disease.

What do you think?
Here are some answers to this question from Celiacs.

I just wish people knew it is not just a ‘lifestyle choice’.
It can be overwhelming, especially at first. When traveling, going to social events, parties, etc…. Yes, you can come as prepared for yourself as possible but even so you are feeling like an outsider of sorts eating veggies and hummus while everyone else is devouring beer, pizza, wings, and other contraband on game day.
AND YES people eye roll a lot as if you’re just simply on a diet or the latest health-nut fad and your trying to be complicated and you overreact about cross-contamination, and they judge that it’s just in your head that you think gluten is evil but surely it won’t hurt you. People have been eating wheat for centuries, so why are so many people “allergic” to gluten now?
So, um yeah, there is a deeper aspect to work on besides the body. If you deal with the mental and emotional obstacles, quality of life can be great. If not, it can get somewhat overwhelming.
It’s a life or death choice! Gluten free in the only way I can survive!!
The waiter at the really nice restaurant told my daughter “Oh, we can pretty much make anything on the menu gluten free….” It was pretty disappointing. Brought her a salad with croutons… and they claim to have many gluten free entrees, yeah right…
I think if you are in a fairly urban area it is getting easier to live gluten free. But I can’t imagine trying to do this in a rural area. It must be brutal. I can see people thinking it is a choice and not really understanding that it is a necessity for, sometimes survival, sometimes comfort but always for health. Keep fighting the fight….its about education not just for us but for the folks who surround us.
Yes this is true!! But you have to try and stay positive. It’s not easy at all! :-(
Hell no I’m excited and happy to NOT BE SICK!!!!!
Eat better not packaged crud, its healthier for you in the first place, how is that depressing?!?!
It upsets me when people think I’m anorexic because I don’t eat at family functions and because of all the weight I lost for 8 months before I was diagnosed. Some understand, but some just think I’m starving myself. They don’t understand cross contamination and think I’m being dramatic…. It’s a little depressing sometimes.
Going gluten free saved my life. I used to be on meds for depression and now I’m happy and med free.
I can completely relate! I’m so sick of hearing “you are so lucky to be so thin”….complete ignorance of my illness and suffering.


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About Harold & Dona

This website was developed to help people with Celiac Disease find restaurants that serve gluten free meals. Two members of our family have Celiac Disease. Both of them manage quite well when they eat at home, but when they eat out it is more difficult.

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