Some people’s Celiac disease is so severe that just one invisible grain of white flour can be life-threatening. Although gluten-free alternatives are becoming more popular, so is the negativity towards the gluten-free fad diet that is dusted in cross-contamination. The following are steps you can take to make sure you can eat comfortably and safely at work.
It’s easy for people to say, “Just tell your manager and they’ll make sure your dietary needs are accommodated.” They probably won’t. It costs extra time and money to order a special item with most catering services, and even then you can be sure they were cross-contaminated with the rest of the bulk order. Often times, everyone else will get a free meal while you have to pay for yours.
Dedicated Gluten-Free Storage & Prep
Bring in your own toaster and mini fridge or cooler to store in your office or under your desk. You may have to carry your toaster back and forth to the kitchen if you don’t have a space to plug it in. even if you had a space to put your labeled toaster in the kitchen, your coworkers might not understand how dire cross-contamination can be. Bring your own dishes, cutlery, and wash them at home to ensure no wheat particles get transferred from the sponge to the plate.
If there is a big lunch or dinner meeting, call in ahead of time and inquire about their gluten-free options and how everything is prepared. This way once the meeting starts, your food will be the last thing on your mind.
Bring Your Own Snacks
It may suck not getting to eat the fun birthday treats or eat the provided food at a team building excursion but it won’t be too bad if you bring your favorite treats along. Granola, fruit, crackers, and other things are easy to grab and go, especially now that many companies are producing gluten-free versions of snack favorites.
Don’t mind anyone talking about you or criticizing you. They don’t know your condition, it’s none of their business, and if you really care correct the gossip circle and the information will spread.
Drop by your local ARCpoint Labs today or schedule an appointment for your food sensitivity test.