This post is sponsored by Tree Top. I met Tree Top apple sauce several years ago in Irvine, where they took me on a farm tour. It was so much fun (even though I realized I wasn’t much of a farm girl, but I did look super cute in a sun hat).
Ugly in a Good Way
Tree Top and their line of apple sauce stood out to be because of the way they se “ugly” fruit to make their high-quality apple sauce. Ugly fruits and vegetables have been a hot topic in the sustainability community and I love being able to support a company that takes fruit that isn’t pretty enough to sell, and use it for something good, instead of waste based on appearances only. You might have swiped left on buying the apple in the store, but it makes a great looking apple sauce. I’ve loved working with Tree Top and seeing their innovation over the years. However, this innovation is clearly a win. Look out, there’s going to be lots of puns in this post!
Like, Totally Transparent
How many of you are afraid to use squeeze packs because you can’t see what’s inside? I have a girlfriend who simply cannot eat anything out of a squeeze pack because she heard this one story about someone who opened a squeeze pack to a mouth-full of mold. While I always thought that was a gross story, I guess I am just a risk taker, because I kept eating out of squeeze packs. With Tree Top’s new transparent pouch, you can always see what you’re going to squeeze. Finally, a squeeze pouch that everyone can feel good about eating – it’s transparency in action (both metaphorically and literally).
This is the first see-through pouch in the apple sauce world. Each is made from 100% US grown apples from the local orchards in Washington’s apple country. They’re available in six flavors including apple (including organic), cinnamon, strawberry, mango, tropical and mixed berry. I’m more of a purist, so I’m sticking with no-sugar-added pure and simple apple, but I know that kids are going to go wild over the pink apple sauce!
Squeeze The Day at the Phoenix Zoo!
I’m happy to announce that I’ve partnered with Tree Top on their upcoming SQUEEZE THE DAY experience at one of my favorite places in Arizona – The Phoenix Zoo. You can experience these new pouches and #SeeTheGood at the Phoenix Zoo March 10th and 11th, and 17th and 18th, as well as April 28th and 29th.
I’m here in Anaheim (yay Disneyland!) this weekend, so you won’t catch me at the zoo on March 10th or 11th – the start of the Squeeze the Day party. But, if you come to the zoo on March 17th and 18th, you can come say hello to me and we can cheers a Tree Top squeeze pouch together! Come squeeze the day with me, and enjoy one of the best things in our state – our amazing zoo!
Thanks again to Tree Top, for our partnership on this great campaign!
I love to eat mac and cheese. However, since I’m celiac (meaning gluten-free for life) and dairy-free (hopefully not for life – one day I hope to eat dairy-full pizza again, if my intestines ever things I deserve it). But for right now, it’s vegan cheese for me. But, if you’ve ever had dairy-free cheese, you know, it’s hard to beat the original. I’ve been searching for the best gluten-free cheese products for years now. And sometimes, it’s a success. And sometimes it’s not.
Now, I’m not going to tell you that you can put a plate of Daiya Mac & Cheese next to full on cheese pasta and say that it tastes the same – or better. Vegan cheese, especially Alfredo, is just different. I can’t eat cream or parmesan cheese – and if you’re reading this you probably can’t either.I tell folks that have to go dairy-free that you just have to get used to vegan cheese. It’s a completely different taste and mouth-feel to dairy-based cheese. While some nut and non-nut vegan cheeses come close – it’s just not the same.
Now that I’ve bummed you out, I do want to share a dish that I love that makes me feel like I’m not missing out quite as much. And better yet – it’s easy. Why? Because it all comes from a package – even the broccoli!
1 tablespoon of olive oil or avocado oil (I use Chosen Foods – affiliate link)
salt and pepper to taste
Here are the simple instructions.
Prepare the rice pasta in the Cheezy Mac until done. Strain and drain.
In a saute pan, add olive oil and cook frozen riced broccoli until done. I used about half a bag, but it’s up to you and how much broccoli you’re into! Lazy? Use the same pan you used to cook the pasta in. No judgement.
On low-medium heat, add in the Alfredo sauce packet. I only add about half, because if you add the full sauce packet, I think it’s too much Alfredo sauce (plus, I like adding more cheese on top).
Stir until well mixed.
Add in the pasta to the broccoli and Alfredo mix. Stir until well mixed.
Serve and top with Follow Your Heart shredded parmesan cheese
Is it the sexiest meal ever? No. I mean, I guess it depends how sexy you think vegan Alfredo sauce is and what you’re into (no judgement here…). I really enjoy this because Alfredo is a vegan cheese style that’s really unique. Plus, these are things that are kept in the pantry and freezer and easy to make in a few minutes. That’s a heck of a lot easier for me than doing all of this from scratch – with or without dairy!
Expo West is my favorite place over the years to find the best editorial content for both this site – Celiac and the Beast – and the magazine that I am the managing editor for – Gluten Free & More Magazine. However, I’m proud to say that I earned this spot as Celiac and the Beast – because, I am the best version of myself on the show floor. Yes, humble brag.
I spend weeks talking with PR firms and brand managers trying to schedule my few days on the show floor, bouncing from booth to booth finding the best possible products to show off for the upcoming year.
So what am I looking for on the show floor this year?
Gluten-free, certified preferred – anything, I’m fair game, as long as it is safe for me and tastes good.
I’m looking specifically for things filling a white space. Girl, I don’t need any more gluten-free bars, or AP flour mixes with the same-old same-old ingredients
Top 8 free foods
Natural beauty (also gluten-free)
Natural home products (also gluten-free, getting a theme here?)
Natural feminine care (yes, my vagina is also gluten-free)
Natural cleaning products (also gluten-free)
And if I find something really awesome, they’ll get a #CATBApproved sticker. And it’s gonna be awesome.
Things I’m already excited about. There are a trillion brands that have pitched me and I’m sure I’m missing some great stuff. If you have a brand that has a great gluten-free product, please email me at CeliacandtheBeast(@)gmail.com.
Daiya Foods NEW products (shhhhh it’s secret, but it’s awesome).
And there are a ton of products that I already found on the show floor of Specialty Foods Show Fancy Foods earlier this year. Check out my Instagram to see photos from that show! And yes, I am still trying to write a blog post for this…I’ve been just a little busy.
Eating disorders can affect anyone, anywhere. Let’s get real about who struggles and bust harmful myths together! Join me and NEDA for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness) from February 26-March 4 this year. Learn how to get involved as an individual or become a partner organization at nedawareness.org.
Please allow me to stray from writing about celiac disease, but not too far, for this week as we talk about eating disorders.
I’m not big for before and after photos, because typically they’re used to show off how people can get super skinny after following terribly restricted diets and use food and exercise as a punishment…but forgive me as I posted my own above. It may come as a shock to you to see it. Hell, it scares me to see it again too. But I can post it because I’m recovered – or in a phase of constantly recovering – from it. And because now maybe you’ll see when someone tells me to my face that I put on a bunch of weight (duh, no shit, I live in this body, I see it every day), it bothers me more than someone who didn’t have this before and after.
I wanted to write something here about my previous struggles, but I think I already did that, when I wrote my book. You should buy it.
I’ve decided to put an excerpt from my book in today’s post. Because who said it better than…me…about me. While this may be a trigger warning for those who struggle with disordered eating, I just wanted to share my story with you, in case you identify with it and decide to seek help – like I did – to help turn your life around.
“For a few years, things definitely weren’t okay. I had giant bottles of chewable Tums because my stomach was never right (I don’t know; maybe it was all my anxiety or the fact that I was actually hungry?). I got down to less than 110 pounds, which on my 5’6” frame made me look sickly with tiny bird arms and thighs that didn’t touch. I blacked out every time I stood up and I was pretty weak. But mostly it was a mental exhaustion that really wore me out. Trying to strive for perfection, overextending myself, and then not eating a balanced, healthy amount of food was enough to spike my anxiety to an all-time high, and that anxiety just perpetuated the cycle.
Even after I thought I was “better,” I had massive issues around food. My first few years of college were rough when it came to food and eating with others. One of the worst days happened during my freshman year of college, when I took someone I was dating out to dinner with my family. I don’t think I ate more than a few bites and instead I just moved food around my plate. And then I went to the bathroom and just…cried. I struggled to eat on dates, and that lasted until after I graduated …
While some people had concerns about me, they usually addressed it by making it a joke instead of a serious issue. People always made wisecracks about how skinny I was or how I never ate at meals. Instead of disordered eating being a joke, I wish that people met it with concern and education (I don’t know, kinda like how I feel about celiac disease – right?). But, luckily for me (and believe me, I’m a rarity), things got better on their own.
After my first year of college, I developed more of my own sense of self and realized what trigged my anxiety and negative self-talk cycles. The normal BMI score for someone my height would put me at 120 lbs. And I struggled when I hit that number. Getting labeled with the term “normal” was like saying I was morbidly obese. Because if I was normal, I couldn’t be perfect, could I? Always being underweight gave me some sort of sick pride. But it was something I was slowly getting used to. Eventually, it started to seem weird to see pictures of my underweight self, instead of my image in the mirror at my current weight.
For a few years, things were going really well. But when I was diagnosed with gastroparesis, and then subsequently celiac disease, I was terrified that I would relapse into negative associations with food – and I think part of me did. After years of restricting my eating, I had finally healed and felt like I could eat whatever I wanted. But with this new diagnosis, I would have to focus on food even more – reading every ingredient label, asking questions about my food, and getting more anxious about eating then I ever had before.
I sought out counseling for my disordered relationship with food – finally. I was terrified of becoming “sick” again. I didn’t want to be terrified of everything I ate to the point where I just wouldn’t eat, or had two “safe” foods. I didn’t want to spend my whole life obsessing over food. It wasn’t fair to me and it wasn’t fair to my body.
I would try my hardest to avoid negative food associations and to not become preoccupied with food. I don’t want to hate food. I don’t want to be too terrified to give my body what it needs. I wanted to live my life enjoying what I ate and appreciate fueling my body.
There’s not a ton of research out there on the correlation between eating disorders and celiac disease. 35 Dr. Daniel Leffler from the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center found that over a five-year period, 2.3 percent of the female patients they treated either had celiac disease and an eating disorder, or they had celiac disease that was masquerading as an eating disorder From National Foundation for Celiac Awareness’ 2013 post Celiac Disease and Eating Disorders, author Amy Jones wrote the following: 35 Most articles I could find reference a 2007 study from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Dr. Daniel Leffler found in the European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology.
“According to Dr. Leffler (personal communication, February 26, 2013): ‘Celiac disease can exacerbate, precipitate or otherwise complicate eating disorders. Healthcare providers specializing in eating disorders should keep celiac disease in mind, especially if their patients have a history or family history of autoimmune diseases.’” I’m not sure I’m ready to make the leap that celiac disease caused my eating disorder, and I’m pretty sure it didn’t. However, I know that there is a strong correlation between celiac disease and issues like anxiety and OCD, and a strong correlation between anxiety, OCD and eating disorders. So, although I won’t put this in the celiac “win” column, I definitely think the two are connected – especially after I was diagnosed with celiac. All of the old feelings came rushing back about limiting my “safe” foods and I was back to thinking about food 24/7.
I’ve been very lucky that I haven’t relapsed when it comes to the way I eat. I do eat cookies and a list of unhealthy fattening foods, but I try to regulate some of the inner guilt that comes from my old ways. I still catch myself starring at my body in the mirror and feeling disappointed. Why couldn’t I lose my gut? Why do my thighs touch? As I write this, I’m at the heaviest I’ve ever been. I struggle with positive body image regularly – even though I believe I am a pretty good-looking gal. I really push myself to limit negative self-talk and to try to build up others – regardless of what they look like, how much they weigh, etc. I truly believe that everyone is beautiful and everyone has something to offer the universe, even if they don’t feel like it — hell, even if I don’t feel like it. But, after I became a blogger, I realized that there are people out there who want to force their diets upon others. I guess because of what I went through, I’m really sensitive to it. It angers me when someone gives me shit about posting a cookie recipe, or tells me that the only way to really feel good is to go paleo and that I’m treating my body like shit. Right now, I’m happy I’m eating in front of someone. I’m happy I have a varied diet. I’m happy I can eat that cookie without crying or spending two hours in the gym in shame or staring at my body and wondering where that cookie went. I am proud of what I’m eating and how I’m treating my body. I believe in everything in moderation because moderation is what I’ve always strived for. Moderation is what I never had. Moderation is way better than restrictions and extreme dieting. Moderation to me is happiness.
Do I want you guys to eat nothing but cookies and celebrate in the fact that you can do so? No. I sit up at night and read all the books about the food industry and modern-day diets, etc. I still think fast food is awful, and it’s been scientifically proven to be bad for you. Do I think that it’s okay in moderation? Yes, but good luck finding really good gluten-free fast food! I believe in eating as healthily as possible, including fresh fruits and vegetables at every meal and limiting carbohydrates and increasing protein. But I think that mental health is important to your diet too. Again, this does not mean that I think you can cheat on your gluten-free diet (because as you know, I don’t believe in cheating) as your diet will make your life easier and stop your anxiety around food – but please don’t take celiac as a way to hate food. I’ve been there too often, and I’d hate for you to be there too. I don’t do well with people telling me what to eat. It makes me feel so ashamed, like what I’m doing isn’t right. I even had a nurse make some snide comment about how I should stop eating gluten-free pizza. Thanks for that one.
On some of these detrimental fit-spo (Fit-spiration, like fitness and inspiration had an annoying baby, clever, right? and thin-spo (the evil twin of Fitspiration) sites.**updated note: I see this in the SIBO, KETO, and PALEO online communities – the labeling of food as good or bad and so much judgement it makes me sick to my stomach.**
I’ve seen the quote “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” Well, they’re wrong. Here are some examples of things that are better than being “skinny”: 1) a donut 2) a piece of chocolate cake 3) a pizza
But I think it’s important that everyone – not just those who are struggling with disordered eating or body image issues — realizes the difference between truth and reality. Eating gluten-free is hard enough as it is without putting selfish restrictions and negative food associations into the mix. If you’re struggling, please seek help. Please try to find a happy association with nourishing your body and learn to love the skin you are in. It may be a slow process, but it is so worth it.
UTAH! Are you ready to party? I am! I can’t wait to go back to one of my favorite places in the USA – Salt Lake City! It’s not that far away from Orem, where the My Gluten-Free World Expo is headed to this March!
ShiftCon is always one of my favorite conferences of the year. While I am a science-based blogger, I am passionate about fighting for labeling in products, natural bath and beauty products, disclosure in supplements, regenerative agriculture, and green cleaning products, and fragrance free living. All of these things are part of ShiftCon. It’s not just for hippies. Although, as you might already know, I wear natural deodorant and believe marijuana should be legalized, so I’m practically a flower child.
The brands that are at ShiftCon are generally right up my alley. These are brands I already buy in my day-to-day life and support with my hard-earned dollars. I wanted to show you a few of my favorites from the expo, and also give away a swag bag (the photo above) with some amazing products that I just know you’ll love!
I met the founders of Replenology and I was so excited to see that their products do not contain gluten ingredients. It’s also vegan. And it’s for hair loss/alopecia! I know that many of us thyroid warriors have issues losing large amounts of hair. And unlike those multi-level marketing sellers for other products for hair loss, these don’t contain gluten. It’s a four part system including a bottle of supplements and serum, on top of shampoo and conditioner. I’ve only been using the serum, and get this – I’m trying it on my eyebrows. It’s probably not made for eyebrows, but…if I can regain my beautiful bushy brows, I’m in.
I’m also really excited about Oral Essentials, a natural, whitening toothpaste that doesn’t contain SLS (a product I haven’t used for years due to mouth ulcers). I have TERRIBLE celiac teeth that were robbed of minerals for 25 years. My front teeth are chipping away, a fact that I’m not sure I’ve ever told you guys before. It sucks. I’ve had veneers put on the bottom, but they’ve all fallen off. And my teeth are terribly stained from coffee and tea. I’m using these vegan/gluten-free whitening strips from Oral Essentials. I took a picture of my smile and I guess we’ll see how well they work!
I had a bit of an IBS flare when I was there (or pancreas or gallbladder attack, who the hell knows what’s actually going on in my body), and ended up sick one night and sleeping on the hotel room floor with the worse intestinal cramps ever. So, I ended up missing some parts of the conference, but thankfully ShiftCon brought together my friends, like Cybele of Cybele’s Free to Eat, Vegetarian Mamma, and Krysten’s Kitchen, and they were so great to have, even when I was feeling in rough shape.
Speaking of Cybele – she had a chance to show off her gluten-free, vegan, allergen-free cookies and pasta to all of ShiftCon! It was awesome to see so many people come up to the booth and fall in love with her products – just like I did! Cybele is one of my favorite people on the planet and I’m so happy that her products are doing so well. Remember, when you buy a box of her cookies or a box of her new pasta, you’re supporting this food-allergy mama who is an incredible inspiration.
Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss was there launching new flavors of their non-dairy vegan frozen dessert bars. YOU HAVE TO BUY THESE. The raspberry acai one was SO GOOD. I love acai bowls, but I know the flavor is overpowering to many, so this one is really toned down with equal parts of raspberry. The other flavor is vanilla and it’s perfection.
Goddess Garden made another appearance here at ShiftCon. It’s been awesome to see them grow over the years from a sunscreen company, to introducing skin care products (that I now use regularly), and now aromatherapy.I love being an ambassador for their high-quality natural products.
Applegate was there, with their new shelf-stable turkey pepperoni (hooray for not having to refrigerate until I open it!) and their new no-sugar uncured bacon. I talked to a microbiologist (my favorite .- a hunky scientist, swoon), about Just Thrive probiotics. I’m giving them a 30 day try for IBS, so pray for me. I fell in love with the CEO of NutriGold, and her passion for transparency in the supplement industry. I cleaned the cat with Ed Begley Jr.’s new pet spray. I gushed about So Delicious to the Danone Whitewave team. I sat in an infared sauna and realized that there’s no way I can have one because I rent a townhome. I’m rocking Earth Mama Organics new deodorant. I slayed this year’s expo.
ShiftCon swag is some of the best around. I was so excited to receive this beauty kit from BeautyCounter corporate!I used to think that this brand was just another MLM, but these products are super high quality, responsible, and made with top tier ingredients (if you couldn’t tell by the price).
As someone who hasn’t always had mobility, especially mobility that someone my age typically has, I really love any activity program that keeps people mobile. This is especially important as people age – as mobility generally decreases. For someone like me, who already has limited mobility due to my hypermobility syndrome, it’s so important to find fitness classes, centers, and instructors that understand how to deal with mobility issues.
I was lucky enough to attend a “senior” Zumba class at the OptumCare® community center in Phoenix, AZ. It was only one of many jam-packed classes they had going on that day. Just check at their busy community calendar!
Why is senior in quotes above? Because the classes aren’t just for those who qualify as seniors, or at least the seniors that you may be picturing in your mind. While community centers like this one from OptumCare may induce visions of your granny in a walker who is unable to bend down to get the morning paper, much less boogie – the friends I met at the community center were far from letting life slow them down.
I met one client in class who I was told was a killer line dancer. So I asked her when she started dancing. She told me that after she retired, she started dancing because she had so much free time. She does Zumba at the community center and line dancing at other centers across the city. Her calendar is just as packed as mine. Plus, she has purple hair and a way cooler haircut than I have.
As people started filing into the Zumba class room, I realized that everyone knew everyone. And everyone was keeping busy. These ladies in class certainly are not like my own grandmother – a frail woman who can barely walk. We had women in their 90’s who attended class. While they couldn’t get down like women who were in their 60’s – they were there. And there were dancing. And they were active.
Everyone at the Zumba class was kind and friendly – especially to me, the new girl. They wanted to make sure I learned all the new moves, and that I had a good time. They asked me about my mobility and I was told not to get too crazy with my knee (something I thankfully leaned when taking a Zumba class before, one that I twisted my ankle in a few years back). Between jams they talked to each other about their kids, their holidays, their grandkids, and their health. They gossiped just like the girls in my Pure Barre class do. I was actually sad at the end of class to leave – everyone was so nice! But at the end of the class I was sweating and my Apple watch told me to take a breather before the next class.
It wasn’t just the people in the OptumCare community center that were awesome. The staff knew everyone by name and chatted with every one of them as they came in and swiped their key fob. This is the same kind of care that they talked about with me when I met with the team at the OptumCare primary care clinics.
Speaking of senior care, the team pointed out to me that while they are friendly and caring, they are not coddling or enabling the clients. One client couldn’t get his fob to work, but the staff didn’t reach over and say “Oh, I’ll just take care of that for you.” These senior clients can do things for themselves, they don’t need to be treated as fragile – just grown adults. Even those with limited mobility or injured, they didn’t ask others for help, they just did what they could without leaning on others. Each client was respected and expected to participate at whatever level they could – as long as they were doing something.
On top of Zumba, I also had a chance to be a part of their BrainSavers curriculum at OptumCare. The room was packed full of adults of varying health and large age ranges. However, they all came together for bi-weekly classes all about health – emotional, mental, and physical health. We sat in a large circle, discussing neuroplasticity and memory. As a class lesson, they had to remember a dance they learned the week before, and they had to teach the class the dance. Each group of seniors came to the front of the class and taught the rest of the class their dance. At the end, after some pretty sweet moves, they all realized that they increased their mental fitness – learning dances from others and then teaching others, but also increased their physical fitness as they danced throughout the class!
And all of these options, including the BrainSavers, including the Zumba, including access to the fitness room with new equipment made just for the aging population, and free coffee and tea – all of this is free. That’s right – the OptumCare community center is free to register and attend the classes and just hang out. One client came up to me and told me that this community center was a “gift” to her. And I believe it – it’s a place that I would want to hang out! It was a great day at OptumCare Deer Valley community center, and I’m happy to know that these clients have great days like this whenever they get a chance to come to the center too.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of OptumCare. The opinions and text are all mine.
I love the Winter Fancy Foods show because it kicks off the entire year of trade shows for food. As a blogger and an editor, I thrive – nay, I live off of the trade show floor. My life for the entire next year is all about what launches on the show floor. New products, revamped packaging, new product lines, reformulations, I love it all.
Winter Fancy Foods is the first show of the season. It takes place every January in San Francisco. Now, do I really love San Francisco? Not really. I don’t get a lot of time off to explore there, but I do appreciate it for what it offers to the gluten-free community. I’ve loved eating at Pica Pica and I order Mariposa Bakery from the comfort of my couch back in Arizona. However, when I’m there for three days, it’s all about the show floor and products, products, products.
Last year, I didn’t think that I found a lot on the show floor. This year, I found a lot of really great products that I’m really excited about. I’ve posted about it on Gluten Free & More Magazine and on my Instagram too.
The Coconut Collaborative – vegan, gluten-free chocolate ganache and lemon ganache dessert pots. These are not fair, because they’re only on the east coast of the US right now. Please please please, UK, take pity on me and send them my way.
Republic of Tea – Move over, Downton Abby, Republic of Tea just launched their collab with Netflix’s The Crown. You’re about to become a fan. PS all of their tea is now gluten-free, look for the GFCO certification symbol on all their products!
Wellnut Farms – OBSESSED. I need to buy their salted caramel walnut butter immediately, as soon as they launch it on Amazon (they told me Feb 2018!)
There are way too many products to talk about, but I hope to see more and more appear on store shelves near me soon!Thanks to Winter Fancy Foods for another great show! See you in 2019!
I’m in San Francisco right now and I’m sick. Not metaphorically sick of the fact that brands keep making fun of us, but like literally sick. Like blowing my nose into Boogie Wipes that are made for snotty sick kids, stuffing my face with Sudafed.
But I’m here writing in my hotel room because not one, but two ads that make fun of gluten free people in the past 24 hours.
I was in bed, writing about my first day at Fancy Foods, and on came a TV ad from Farmers Only. I think it’s great that there are niche dating sites like Farmers Only. If I could have had a dating site for “celiacs only” or “editors only” or “bloggers only” – that would have been a lot easier when I was dating! But this ad was so offensive. It shows a sexy cowboy out to eat with a “city” girl who is of course gluten-free and vegan and really obnoxious. PS I know farmers that are celiac. Two of them actually. And they’re not dicks. Just saying.
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Stephanie from Sweets for Epi Girl first alerted me to this on YouTube.
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Hello Party City, are you f**king kidding me?
This is what I get from this. Thanks for being so inclusionary to provide gluten-free “options” for your super bowl party – some shitty crackers and a side of being a total dick. This who campaign is just unnecessary. We already hate going to parties. Why would you make it even more difficult for us with this spot? How about you focus on the product – which is actually pretty bad ass. You know that we celiacs throw Super Bowl parties too. I could/would buy that product. But definitely not now.
But what do I do now?
You can tweet, call, or write to these companies. You can stop buying their product. Or we can all get thicker skins, where we stop paying attention to these brands that think they’re being funny making fun of people who are gluten-free or allergic to food. The problem is with the last option that it just perpetuates the myth that we’re all terrible, annoying people that place a burden upon everyone we touch. So, it’s up to you what to do next, but don’t be a Tina. We’re better than Tina. We’re not gross. We’re just people who can’t eat gluten.