I'm needing some reassurance please.
I've been gluten free for 2.5 years and am healthy and eating a great diet despite the no gluten and also no egg and dairy. And that is wonderful and I am truly grateful to be well. However the eating out is still really hard. I enjoy the company instead, take my own food where necessary and go hungry rather than get ill. For work and travel it is a bit of a nightmare and really stressful to find any food as I can only carry so much. What gets me down is family and friends who exclude me because of my diet or really don't care if there is nothing at all I can eat and can't be bothered to find anything, even a baked potato or a plain salad. It is the emotional wear and tear of having to be on my guard over food and the degree of isolation that being gf brings. I love food and appreciate delicious fresh food. I guess in the UK there is a culture of ignorance about food ( hence the obesity problem). But it is really isolating to have to be fussy and I feel embarrassed about it even though it is a medical necessity. I know it could be far worse and I am really lucky in so many ways but I find it hard.
What suggestions do you have for coping with it all?