We've all heard, well, remarkably insensitive statements about our diets and conditions (many of which seem to deal with the impossibility of giving up gluten-containing foods). These statements get old, but they don't seem to stop ... and sometimes coming up with a less-than-snarky response can be quite the challenge.
If you struggle with keeping a smile on your face and the sarcasm out of your tone when you hear one of those statements (as I do!), then this article is for you: What Not To Say to Someone Who Can't Eat Gluten.
In it, I run down the seven most common (and most annoying) statements I've heard from day to day on the subject, and some not-snarky possible comebacks. There's also a place where you can add the most ridiculous statements you've ever heard about the diet ... and your response to those statements (I can't wait to hear!).
Of course, we all put our feet in our mouths from time to time. If you're wondering what not to say to someone who has a particular health condition -- or to someone who's just trying to improve their health -- then check out this overview article from Christine Luff, About.com's excellent Guide to Running: What Not to Say About Health Issues.
In it, she provides links to several dozen "What Not To Say" articles from our fellow health guides, ranging from "What Not To Say To Someone on a Diet" to "What Not to Say to Someone with Breast Cancer" and "What Not To Say at a Funeral." We all likely can find something not to say in this collection (I know I did).
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