Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Covid 19 and Gluten Free Living

Gluten free living was always a challenge, but now, there are even more hurdles. With COVID 19 restrictions everywhere and no end in sight there continues to be a never ending road of mystery ahead for those on a gluten free and allergen free lifestyle. 

If you dine out, many restaurants are still only providing take out. Are they being more careful or the same to adhere to a strict gluten-free request? I continue to trust only the same, tiny amount of local restaurants and route them in our meal plan. 

Meanwhile depending on which state you reside or travel to some allow you to eat indoors. At times it feels like you may be in a different word based on the amount of mask restrictions or openness. Nevertheless, communicating with a mask to a waiter with a mask provides more anxiety to those with restrictions on gluten based foods and with allergies. Simply because trust is built on verbal communication and non verbal cues in person. 

I'm based out of greater NYC. Even here depending on which zip code you choose to shop, buy groceries, or eat out at a restaurant there are not commonalities.The gluten free journey continues to be a day to day, hour by hour, confusing journey of safety and that's why you should continue to control what you buy and where you buy it.

It's more popular than ever to shop from home. I use apps like, Instacart, to occasionally take advantage of adding my favorite foods onto a digital grocery list and someone will deliver it to my home.  Yes. Someone literally shops for me. They pick my veggies and go into the aisles and drive it to my home, it's quite insane when you think about it.  Wegmans, Shoprite, Costco, etc are some of the grocery stores you can find on Instacart and they charge a small fee to do so. 

Although, I still do prefer to shop in person. There is something enjoyable about choosing my own fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, seafood and the occasional packaged food sweet treats of course. I still take my kids to shop, mask up, and get out of there as fast as possible. In fact, we eat more fresh food than ever before. It's just hard to trust what's going on out there with COVID 19 with all of the mixed headlines, distorted data and lack of transparency from the fighting politicians into exactly what's going on, who is being effected and how it is being transmitted.  Just continue to wash your hands, exercise regularly, obtain a lot of regular sun by being outdoors for an hour per day, stay at home if you're not feeling well, but live your life without being scared because gluten-free living is truly a second chance at life. 

As far as the Covid 19 shot or "vaccination" conduct in depth research based on your current health. Whether you are a diagnosed Celiac, with auto immune diseases, and/or allergies, it's critical you do thorough research and make the best decision for your current and long term health. Also remember to take advice from someone in your shoes not from others who don't walk the same battles. Our mind, body and health are not the same. This is your choice and I would support either decision you make. DM for specific discussions on this topic. 

This past year and half has sure aged me. The restrictions continue to be mounting. The work hurdles and lack of leadership to fairly and reasonable empower employees who are parents were cruel to many, including me. Mandates and control of where I can go, what I can do, and loss of my freedom has caused great anxiety. The mental and physical toll of parenting small children is heavy to say the least. Despite all of it, we stick together as family and community because nobody else will help you or take care of you. This is your life. So, do not work for an employer who doesn't provide you with tools for success, treats people fairly, and compensates you well. Try to get along with others who have different opinions on COVID 19 and be safe. Run free and don't let others hold you back during these COVID 19 harsh times. 

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