Changing perceptions of non-celiacs to favorable reactions

I was diagnosed with celiac disease just over five years ago. Literally the next weekend, I was supposed to go on a camping trip/blind date setup by his cousin. I really had no idea of what I could eat or drink anymore, so I told his cousin arranging the weekend that I would bring my own food and drinks. The person I was supposed to meet was the group cook, and he didn’t understand why I was bringing my own stuff, but he went with the flow.

He finally got me alone and asked why did I bring my own food when it was clear he’d do the cooking. I explained that I was just diagnosed as a celiac and couldn’t eat the Philly cheesesteaks and breakfast burritos he was cooking. He looked hurt and said "if you had told me, I would have tried to be accommodating to your needs." Being a stubborn person, I said "the little I know about this diet it sucks, and it’s my problem not yours."

That conversation made me realize that he is a very special person to care that much. We spent the rest of the weekend getting acquainted. The next few years were spent in a long distance relationship. When we’d spend time with his father or his cousin, he’d encourage me to bring materials to make a new bread, or bring a bread from another company. He and his family would try my products, and would say nice things. But eventually his father admitted to me that he felt sorry for me for having to eat these bread products. I eventually married that wonderful man, and we compromised to have a cupcake of his favorite carrot cake, and I had a gluten free chocolate cupcake. This May, I discovered Udi’s products in the Sprouts stores in the Phoenix area. I was completely blown away by their taste and texture, that I ran to my husband saying "you HAVE to try this!" I bough the blueberry muffins and the lemon streusel muffins for a camping trip Memorial weekend. We were going to meet his father and family there, and I wanted to make sure I had plenty on hand. When I offered muffins for breakfast to anyone who wanted them, I held my breath while my father in law said "I’ll be brave and try one." I was able to breathe when he said "this is really good!" That encouraged others to try, and I kept hearing a lot of "yums," and "mmmm." I knew I had a winner when the next morning, people came up to me and asked if I had anymore of those muffins. My non-celiac challenged family are now changing their perceptions on my gluten free breads. They think it’s no big deal with your products, and we often laugh and grimace about my past experiences. Thank you for convincing non-celiacs that bread is not a punishment, but a simple pleasure!

Name: Jennifer M.
City: Fountain Hills
State: AZ

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