Originally Posted by WereBear
The fact that the bike helmet was broken shows how much force it absorbed. That can't be a bad thing. What a heartstopping moment!
When I tell people my arthritis calmed down incredibly when I went gluten-free, they get this blank look. They literally cannot imagine a world without bread.
They don't want to, and all their favorite sources say they don't have to!
When questioned years ago about how I had lost weight, or asked about my strange eating habits (eating meat and cheese rolls instead of a sandwich, wrapping up a glob of chicken salad in a slice of provolone, etc), I generally just tell people that I don't eat sugars and starches, and most people didn't have any comment, because they weren't thinking "that means no bread".
But when I told our hairstylist that I had stopped eating starches and sugars, she said "That sounds a lot like Atkins - no bread, that's brutal!!
" Never mind the lack of potatoes, popcorn, chips, and cookies, etc, she simply couldn't imagine living without bread, and the truth of the matter is, most people can't imagine it.
Bread is such a staple in most people's lives these days that when there's snow in the forecast, the first thing the grocery stores sell out of is bread. Experience should have taught customers that even if we have a foot of snow, the roads will still be cleared enough for them to get out to shop again within 2 days - but they want to make sure they don't run out of bread during those 2 days.
I used to generally think of all that bread being sold as people wanting to be able to make sandwiches to eat, in case the electricity goes out. But that can't be the primary reason, because the other things that sell out quickly (aside from toilet paper) are milk, and eggs, both of which require refrigeration.
[We always made jokes about snowstorms being "french toast weather" - you need bread, milk, and eggs to make French toast, and if you're going to eat all that french toast, you're going to need a lot of toilet paper
The French Revolution was brought about (at least in part), because the general population simply couldn't get enough bread to eat. Granted, the poor were literally starving without sufficient bread, because bread was the cheapest thing for the poor to eat, and the mainstay of their diet, so when bread was in short supply (because of bad weather causing poor wheat harvests) and too expensive (due to supply and demand), there were no alternatives available to them.
But you can still see near-riots in grocery stores when they've sold out of bread before a snowstorm (or hurricane - similar stocking up for almost any "weather event"), even though the store really does try to make sure there's a sufficient supply available to meet the demand - I often saw the bread-stocking guy at our store phoning in his order, and he would always order double or triple the usual amount of breads in preparation for a snowstorm, but it would still barely be enough.
Even with those who have gone gluten free, for most of them it doesn't mean eating any less bread than before - they'll buy a gluten free option (made from rice, tapioca, and/or potato flour) instead of giving up bread altogether.
And in all honesty, there are a lot of us on here who have our LC substitutes for breads too - there's all kinds of versions of atkins rolls/cloud bread/oopsie rolls available, and now there's the chaffle craze too. Personally, I don't think of those as bread substitutes as such - more like a LC food (cheese and eggs) in a version that I can use to hold the somewhat messy LC food (meat), so I can hold it in my hands to eat it, instead of needing to use a knife and fork for every single meal, but that's just a personal take on what they're really like.