The unexpected can come as a visit from out of town friends and/ or relatives, an unexpected night out, peer pressure, or lack of preparation. The latter is usually the one that gets me sick.

I was prepared for a visit from my out of state grandmother and my mom who brought her here from the airport. I had beans from the freezer, rice, tortillas, and a cornucopia of fruit. A safe haven for my celiac disease and a comfortable atmosphere for my guests.

I knew we were driving an hour and a half to visit Robyn and her family. I knew we needed to eat. I got caught up in the happy moment of family and let my guard down at Red Robin. I never have a problem with their fries since they are fried in separate oil and I ask for no seasoning salt.

My lapse of judgement was to order a fried egg on the UDI’s GF bun. In retrospect the egg must have been fried on a shared grill. Although I told the server of my allergy, the bottom line is: I trusted a stranger with my health. No matter how many times I make this mistake, it happens again.

The worst part of this whole experience? The voice in my head warning me, screaming at me not to order anything but fries. My desire to be somewhat normal pushed that voice aside and now I am spending my second day home sick from work and on the couch with a killer migraine, breathing problems, and digestive issues I will save for another post.

The bottom line? We aren’t normal, we have sensitive bodies that see wheat as the enemy. As we would protect our children from taking candy from strangers, we need to protect ourselves from taking food from strangers. Listen to that voice screaming in your head (not the one begging to be normal) the one that knows what’s better for you than you do. Be strong and good luck on your family visits and outings!

~Kate~

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