March 14, 2022
There’s a bunch of stuff out online and in other forms of media that highlight the drawbacks of having celiacs or being gluten free. From not being able to eat at a lot of restaurants, travel difficulties, painful allergic reactions and more, simply googling ‘celiacs disease’ or ‘gluten intolerance’ can be a depressing time. However, here’s a list of some of the good things about being gluten free that people don’t think about. Whether you’ve had celiacs and been gluten free for years, or just got diagnosed/went gluten free for health reasons, I think that a collection of not so bad things about being gluten free is something we can all use.
Can’t Get Drafted
Congratulations celiacs and those who are gluten intolerant, you probably will not get drafted to fight in a World War 3, if it ever happens. According to the Military Times, celiacs and people with severe digestion problems involving gluten have “disqualifying conditions for military service”. Why is this? Well, do you expect there to be gluten free options deep in deserts or forests in the middle of a global conflict? Probably not.
Automatically Friends With Any Other Celiac/Gluten Free Person You Meet
Quick story time. I was once in an English class, and a student teacher came in. My english teacher was introducing her to me, and mentioned that I had a blog for celiacs. The student teacher revealed that she too was a celiac. I wrote my blog URL on a post-it and gave it to her. Instant friends.
Whenever I have mentioned that I am a celiac to someone, they always tell me about their sister’s dogsitter’s cousin’s brother who is also gluten free. Though a small connection, I always manage to bond with people who are familiar with being gluten free or know someone who is.
Weird pro to being gluten free, you may be thinking. Here’s a scenario where this might be helpful:
You are in a job interview, and they ask you about a time in your life where you faced difficulty and worked through it. You mention you’re a celiac. Your job interviewer tells you about their daughter who is also gluten free. You two automatically bond and then they put in a good word to their boss and you get the job! I think that’s a great perk to being gluten free.
Bunch Of Cool Celebrities With Celiacs/Are Gluten Free
Great news, there's a good number of famous actors and athletes that you share the same diet struggles with. Here’s a quick list:
Simon Cowell- The guy who put together One Direction and infamously
harsh judge on America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent. He is gluten free, as he has a gluten intolerance.
Jameela Jamil- English actress most famous for her work in The Good Place, has celiac disease.
Novak Djokovic- Serbian tennis player, currently ranked number 2 in the whole world. He has won 20 grand slam titles, all while being gluten intolerant.
Scarlett Johansen- American actress most known for her role in the Avengers as Black Widow. She is often seen kicking ass on screen, simultaneously on a gluten free diet, being allergic to wheat.
Well, that was a list of some interesting good things about being gluten free that you may not have thought about. I hope that brought some positivity to your gluten free lives, which can get frustrating sometimes.