I was reminded recently that the first rule of being on a gluten-free, casein-free diet, or any other diet required for allergies or other health reasons, is don’t cheat. I am suffering terrible “Mommy Guilt” as a result and wanted to share our experience as a cautionary tale.
The Prince has not had a gluten infraction in years; neither has the Professor, or myself. We all have varying degrees of gluten-sensitivity and Celiac Disease runs in my family as well as the Professor’s, so we are cautious. I write this blog, for heaven’s sake! I know better!
But while on vacation, skiing in beautiful Crested Butte, Colorado, in an effort to grab a quick lunch in order to spend more time on the mountain, we ate at a fast food place on the mountain, designed to feed hungry skiers en masse. I ordered a hamburger, no bun, and fries for the Prince. I forgot to ask if there was a dedicated fryer or if the fries were coated in flour. We went back to skiing and had a fun afternoon.
That night was not fun, however. The Prince woke us up crying because he had terrible diarrhea. It was only then that I realized my mistake. My poor little guy was really suffering and it was all my fault. The Prince usually does not have problems with cross-contamination, but I believe that was the case this time.
Although he felt better the next day, The Prince was afraid to eat anything unless I cooked it. I indulged him in this for a day, but decided we needed help calm his fears. I told him it was my fault for not asking the cook about how the food was prepared. So we made a reservation at one of the pricier slope side restaurants and I asked the chef to come to the table. He was very accommodating and made a big deal over Eric, made him feel special, and that really made the Prince feel safer.
However, due to my mistake, the Prince is still having some tummy troubles, even a few weeks later.
So I am repeating this, as a public service to all GFCF moms and dads, DON’T CHEAT, EVER!