Learning to live Gluten-free is a lot like driving a stick shift, or manual transmission car.
First Gear: eliminate glutens. Sounds easy, any one can master first gear. You can't go very fast, but you can get up hills.
Second Gear: you learn that in order to get to more places faster you need to add more speeds to your life vehicle. You can't live in a bubble, you must live in the world. So you start bringing safe lunches to work.
Third Gear: Restaurants you start researching and getting recommendations from fellow Gluten-free-ers. Your environment is getting larger, you're starting to go faster.
Fourth Gear: The Friends and Relatives Gear. Unless any of them are GF, they really don't understand how critical it is separate you from any and all potential sources of gluten. It's more than just baking a gluten free cake, or pasta. A lot more, isn't it?!
Fifth Gear: the coasting gear. But wait... it's not quite that simple is it. You can't coast at home unless you live alone, or convert everyone to your new world. You learn about Cross-contamination and Hidden Gluten.
Reverse Gear: oh yes, it's real. You will fail at times, either knowingly, or by surprise. Just as you can't live in First Gear, you can't live in Reverse Gear.
Fourth and Fifth gears may be the fastest way to get around, but when faced with hills (non-compliant friends and relatives), or slowing down (cross-contamination in the home), they can be actually be a hindrance to your GF success.
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