A Day in the Life of a Celiac – May 7

celiacawarenessmonth A Day in the Life of a Celiac   May 7There are some days where, honestly, I have no idea as to the topic of the post I’m going to write. Honestly. I’m sure more experienced bloggers have months of content already planned, even written and set to publish at a future date. But for me, for most of today, I had no topic. And then, it hit me.

Today a large national company has released a new gluten-free product into the marketplace. This product is meant to expand their portfolio, as well as provide a different product for those living a gluten-free lifestyle. Do you know what the product is?Nope, not that one.

Still don’t know?

Go ahead, think about it.

I’ll wait.

Lost in all of the Domino’s gluten-free pizza discussion, Anheuser Busch added a new gluten-free beer…er…cider to their Michelob Ultra lineup. Didn’t know that it was released? Well, that’s understandable, considering the amount of flack that Domino’s received over their new gluten-free pizza crust.

Those of us with Celiac Disease and others who are gluten-sensitive (aka, those not on this new “fad” diet called gluten-free) constantly fight misinformation about our needs on an almost daily basis. Steve over at GlutenFreeCity.com gave a great example of this in a recent tweet: “My boss is going to think traveling for work is easier because I can just “call for dominos” and I will have to explain everything (again).” The issue that was raised today over Domino’s pizza was that their gluten-free offering was not safe for those with Celiac Disease to consume. Domino’s did state in the information about their gluten-free pizza that it was for those with mild gluten-sensitivity, and that they were not able to prepare the pizza in a way that was safe for Celiac Disease sufferers. All due credit should be given to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) to educating Domino’s on the different requirements of their GREAT Kitchen certification.

I see both sides of the issue in regards what Domino’s released. On one hand, you have Michelle from Spinning Spoons’ point: “Would you try to market peanut-free cookies to someone with a peanut allergy, and then sprinkle them with peanut dustings?” On the other hand, you have SeattleGlutenFree’s point: “I feel Domino’s is protecting themselves from issues, protecting those with real Gluten issues with their disclaimer, and offering something for those who can actually stomach a little bit of Gluten.”

My view on the whole situation?

  1. Those of us that need to be on a gluten-free diet need to praise and criticize appropriately, and equally. I feel bad for Anheuser Busch that their news was overshadowed by the Domino’s news.
  2. Thank you NFCA for educating a major restaurant chain on what it would take to make food safe for those of us with Celiac Disease.
  3. Thank you Domino’s for being up front and honest about your offerings and who your gluten-free pizza is and is not safe for.
  4. I know it’s extremely difficult and expensive to take the necessary precautions for those with greater than “mild gluten sensitivity” to enjoy your pizza in all of your franchises, Domino’s, but other chains have done it. (BJ’s Brewhouse, anyone?) I’m sure you can make it work too. And I look forward to when I can enjoy your pizza again.

Here’s my day:

7:15 Alarms off.

9:38 email convention hotel asking for updates.

9:40 Pamela’s oat cranberry almond whenever bar for breakfast.

11:02 BM, but not normal. – something definitely got to me on Saturday.

12:27 Read article online about Domino’s pizza offering GF pizza. Interesting, but a big flop out the gate.

13:23 Lunch is a salad, much like most days.

14:53 Mini BM. Still not normal. Start to play the “How Long Until Its Normal” guessing game.

17:20 Ate orange to curb grocery shopping trip.

18:15 Shopping at local Sprouts – seriously on love with this store.

19:30 Another mini BM. Still not back to normal. (I’ve started taking a pool for the “How Long Until Its Normal” guessing game. You want in? Contact me on the Contact Me page (y’know, the one back up there) or in the comments.)

20:15 Dinner – fish and chips, aka baked salmon and fries. Delicious.

22:03 Started this post. Left to do tonight – make lunches for me and my fiancĂ©e.

Cheers!

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7 comments on “A Day in the Life of a Celiac – May 7
  1. Ken Scheer says:

    I will agree with you on some accounts and yes it’s nice that they’re trying but to me with where awareness is now, it’s not good enough. My take is when you’re preparing something to be gluten-free it’s either 100% in or out. I saw they were pretty much tweeting with only celebrities and I feel they’re using it as a marketing stunt and picking up on the “fad!” Did you see what Chuck E Cheese did? 100% gluten-free and safe. I do like your points as always but wanted to share my feelings because if you’re highly allergic or mildly, you shouldn’t ingest any gluten and their disclaimer wasn’t good enough.

    • Brian says:

      Honestly Ken, I think it’s not good enough as well. I completely agree that gluten-free = 100% gluten-free. Domino’s is trying to garner hype, yes, but it’s really just marketing spin. I didn’t mean for this post to say it’s OK for those of us with Celiac Disease to eat at Domino’s, so thank you for clarifying. I agree, if you have even the slightest amount of gluten-intolerance, you shouldn’t ingest any gluten.

  2. Kelly says:

    This is crazy. Sorry to hear you’re all going through this at the moment. Here in Australia, Domino’s Pizza offered a gluten free base some years back but added a disclaimer saying that traces of gluten may be present. The Coeliac Society of Australia (now known as Coeliac Australia) said that “every time you drive a car, you risk dying. When we eat out with coeliac disease, we need to make informed decisions about what we eat, reduce the risk and most importantly enjoy the gluten free diet”.

    There seemed to be a good affiliation between them and Domino’s at the time in 2009.

    I am taking a wide variety of businesses in Australia to task who falsely and ILLEGALLY advertise gluten free food for the population! I posted on the issue of Domino’s in Australia for anyone who’s interested: http://infonolan.hubpages.com/hub/glutenfreepizza-not

    • Brian says:

      Kelly, thanks for visiting! That is a great quote from Coeliac Australia, thanks for sharing. And good for you for taking businesses to task for falsely advertize products as gluten-free!

  3. Great post. Where I diverge (obviously, given my post ;) is that we don’t owe Domino’s props for “trying”. They are a multi-national corporation that isn’t doing our health or the food system any good. Now they’re muddying the “gluten free” label, and making it harder for millions of people to understand this disease and be healthy. But yes, I’m glad they actually issued a disclaimer (if only to save themselves from legal trouble).

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