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10 Struggles of Being Gluten Free

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UCSB chapter.

This summer I lived with my roommate that is gluten free and I had no idea how big of a struggle it was. Here are just ten of the many struggles that some people who are gluten free have to deal with. 

1. Your groceries end up being at least double the price of your housemates’ groceries but you get only half of what they get. 

2. You can’t lick your envelopes when you want to mail something because gluten might be in the glue.

3. You can’t casually walk into a drug store and buy drugstore makeup dupes for that NARS lipstick you wanted because there is probably gluten in those makeup products. 

4. NO BEER. 

5. You can’t have regular bread. 

6. Potatoes become your friends. 

7. You can’t even kiss your crush unless they’ve brushed their teeth a couple of times. 

8. You just watch everyone else enjoy normal food. 

9. Trader Joes gluten free pancakes become your best friend. 

10. You probably have a speech memorized to explain what being gluten free means because you’ve explained it so many times already. 

But at least, you know you can get coffee! 

Hello! Devonne is a fourth year Chinese major with an applied psychology minor. She loves to binge watch shows on Netflix, trying out new food, and writing her penpals during her free time. She has an obsession with being organized and the Container Store a little too much. She is also interested in learning more about watercolor painting and modern calligraphy. 
Kristine is a 3rd year Chemistry major at UC Santa Barbara. She was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. When she's not writing, she works with her sister to create adorable baked delicacies for The Royal Icing, their at-home bakery. She's also a ballerina, lipstick enthusiast, and bunny lover. Post-graduation, she plans on going to graduate school while continuing her writing career. Catch her on instagram @CookiesForKay