If you could save one dollar for every question you’ll ask when living gluten-free, you could conceivably enjoy an early retirement. You will get tired of asking questions, it’s inevitable. Living gluten-free entails regularly questioning friends, family and restaurant staff, but as you become more accustomed to the diet, there will be more and more things you will be able to figure out on your own.
In the first stage of the diet when you’re still learning the ropes, the questions are naturally more frequent. However, with time and trial you’ll learn when you can get away without asking a question because your deductive reasoning will have sharpened. However, you will probably always have questions in some situations, and when your enthusiasm or initiative in asking the necessary questions begins to wane or takes a break, your potential for risk increases. Nearly every seasoned gluten-free person can attest to at least one occasion when they didn’t ask a question, made an assumption, and got sick as a result. Just one scenario like this will bring about a question-asking renaissance in your life.
But when this red flag appears, it’s time to take notice and implement preventative actions. Either fight through your aversion to questioning, or ask others to help you for awhile. For example, your spouse can take over the drill when the server arrives at the table or can call the restaurant ahead of time. Or perhaps it’s time to purchase the latest gluten-free product listing from your local support group or national organization to have handy for reference, often relieving you of the responsibility of calling the manufacturer to confirm. Even though you will occasionally get sick of the lifestyle, you have to take the proper steps to protect yourself.