Boy, that's got to be hard! I don't know why your family would be so disrespectful of your health if they didn't know the consequences. UGH! I think dad should take the lead and read GF LIVING for DUMMIES: tinyurl.com/262xtu and then you should work together to set an example.
Personally, my house is gluten-free. Once in a while I'll bring in a snack cake or a loaf of bread, but not very often. But my family is really pretty good about "gob dropping" and clean utensils. After diagnosis, I tried being a good sport and having my own things and own area of the counter, etc; but I was paranoid in my own kitchen! I decided I wasn't going to live like that at home (on top of living paranoid in the outside world). My home is now my safe haven.
Unfair to them as it may seem, it's really a family-affair. I mean, you'd do it for THEM, wouldn't you?
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I label some of my products GF that I want for my exclusive use. I have my own jar of peanut butter, own margarine, jam etc. There is no flour in my house and a portion of the counter has to remain gluten free. I also have my own toaster. Perhaps the family should go to a meeting for celiacs or talk to a dietician to learn about the importance of having a gluten free environment.
I have been trying to stay gluten/dairy free for nearly a year now. It seems to be impossible to do this in my household. How does one get the entire family on board in this type of effort. My family just does not seem to understand that foods cannot be cross contaminated, that they cannot let wheat product crumbs, etc. spill into the drawers, into other food products, etc...that they cannot use the same spoon on gluten containing products as non-gluten containing products. It's not just the kids, but, my husband as well. The only solution I can come up with is the entire house must become a dairy gluten free zone. How selfish would it be to band all gluten/dairy containing products from the house all together? There are days lately when I have not eatten anything at all because it seems as if everything thing in the fridge and pantry has been cross contaminated. I am really getting sick of the whole situation. Not only do I have the physical reaction to gluten/dairy products, but, also some very intense behavorial/emmotional reactions.
How does one go about making their family realise that it's going to take effort on each and every member of the household to do their part to keep the kitchen safe!!
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