I'll be honest with you, the first time I came home from college after being diagnosed with Celiac disease was almost as overwhelming as being diagnosed in the first place. I was still upset about being diagnosed with Celiac, so having to constantly talk about it was very hard. I had already gotten in to a routine at college where we didn't talk about it and acted like I was just ordering a normal meal, and it was the exact opposite when I got home. The phrase "If I had a penny for every time someone said the word gluten during my time home I'd be rich" is 100% true. My best advice is to train your mind to think positively about Celiac, and it won't be bad to talk about. Now that you understand how much it was being talked about, let's get on in to the tips:
1. Having Celiac makes you different, and being different is actually pretty cool.
This one in particular I had a lot of trouble with at first. I would run this through my head and agree with it, and then go out to dinner with my friends and just forget it all. I eventually forced myself to keep this mentality, and it's definitely one of the most important things I've done after being diagnosed, especially during my "grief stage." This is definitely my main tip that helped me learn to actually enjoy talking about Celiac. Some helpful phrases you can use are, "I don't know many other people with Celiac so everyone finds it very interesting which makes it kind of fun." Giving the honest answer won't hurt either, "Sometimes I feel left out but I'm training myself to think that having Celiac is cool and it's making it a lot easier."
2. Think of finding/making gluten free things as an adventure.
I LOVE this mentality. It makes eating gluten free so much more fun when you think of it as an adventure. Instead of thinking about eating gluten free at restaurants or turning a recipe gluten free as a chore, think of it as an adventure. Be proud of yourself when you successfully eat out or convert a recipe to gluten free, it's a great achievement! This will definitely make it easier to talk about. Some helpful phrases are, "I think of eating gluten free out or turning a recipe gluten free as an adventure and it's fun trying to figure it out." "It's fun trying to turn a recipe gluten free because I feel like I'm achieving something."
3. Put yourself in their shoes.
Think about if it was one of your relatives that was diagnosed instead, and you knew nothing about it. Personally I would be asking tons of questions, being the overly curious girl that I am. It's just like people asking what college you're going to, they're just curious. And there's a good chance they're curious because they actually care, so give them your best summary and then try to change the subject. Instead of giving you things to say for this one, my best advice is to do your research and think of your answer in advance so that you'll know what to say.
4. Would you honestly be eating this healthy if you weren't forced to?
I have always been a naturally healthy eater, but that definitely sky rocketed when I had to go gluten free. Think of it in a nice way, our bodies are probably thrilled at what we're having to eat since being gluten free is good for pretty much everyone. Some helpful phrases are, "It's nice in a way because I'm forced to eat healthier than I probably would be." This one is kind of opposite of what I just said, but many people don't realize that not everything gluten free is healthy. "Actually not everything I eat is as healthy as you would think, there's plenty of unhealthy gluten free options, so it's not too bad."
If you keep a positive mentality about Celiac disease, I promise that talking about it will be much more enjoyable.