It’s Veganuary, that wonderful time of the year when all the gluten free foods get shunted off the shelves and replaced by vegan treats. The free from aisle becomes a bit of a minefield to navigate and you’ll often find gluten-containing products in there which are vegan but not gluten free.
I’ve seen a lot of chat about this online and thought I’d poke a bit of fun at it! So here are all the reasons why you know you’re a coeliac during Veganuary! How many of these can you relate to!?
You wonder about doing Veganuary…
I mean, what could be so bad about eating more plant-based meals and trying to reduce your environmental impact? I know I’m certainly up for a challenge at the best of times!
…but then realise you don’t want to give up anything else
I’ve already had to give up gluten – do I want to give up anything else!? No meat, no eggs, no dairy… AND no gluten!? It sure sounds like a lot….
All the free from aisle are suddenly empty…
Just popped in to grab my gluten free pizza from the frozen aisle and…oh…. wait…. what is all this empty space on the shelves!? WHERE DID THE GLUTEN FREE FOOD GO!?
…and the gluten free products are replaced with vegan goods
Ah, so it was all shunted out of the way to make room for the vegan products. I see.
You have to triple check all of the ‘free from’ items
Me: ‘Oh, this new cake in the free from aisle looks nice.’
Also me: ‘Oh, it’s vegan but contains gluten….’ cries
You can’t drink at your favourite coffee shop anymore
That’s right Pret, I’m looking at you, adding oat milk to the menu in Veganuary but making it one which isn’t gluten free. Another coffee shop which is no longer coeliac-safe.
You get really excited when you spot something new…
A NEW PRODUCT IN THE FREE FROM AISLE, SOUND THE KLAXON!!
…only to find it’s vegan, but not gluten free
Oh yea, that’s right, forgot gluten free doesn’t matter anymore. It’s all about the vegan label…
You realise ‘gluten’ is genuinely used as a meat replacement…
I kid you not, there is a whole line of ‘fake meat’ products made entirely from gluten!
…and is apparently in most vegan foods
In fact, a lot of the vegan goodies actually contain gluten. It seems you can only be coeliac OR vegan, who knew!?
You also realise how many gluten free products are ‘accidentally vegan’
But then you notice a lot of the gluten free foods you eat all the time are actually vegan anyway… see here for evidence!
And that really, Veganuary isn’t as hard as you thought!
Maybe I could do Veganuary after all, hurrah! And hats off to everyone who is trying it – although I’m not personally doing it this year, this post is just a bit of a giggle. I think it’s a great thing to try!
Is there anything I’ve missed?
How many of these can you relate to? Is there anything else that frustrates you about Veganuary? Share it in the comments below!
If you want a giggle, give these other posts a read!
- 14 things that are way too exciting when you’re on a gluten free diet
- 23 stupid things people have said about being gluten free
- 12 things everyone with coeliac disease has done (but may not admit)
And if you’re doing Veganuary, you might find this helpful…