... Something to Ponder Periodically!
Do you ever think about where you’re at emotionally with your gluten-free lifestyle? Or maybe you feel like you have to think about it too much. Being gluten-free impacts every part of our lives. I believe that all-too-often when someone refers to gluten-free, the eating and (lest I say it) “diet” aspects are what most often are being referenced. But there’s so much more to it than that (as you probably already understand). Changing our eating patterns, sometimes dealing with certain food withdrawals (yes this is real), adjusting our social habits, always being mindful of cross-contamination issues, explaining (sometimes repeatedly) the importance of being gluten-free to family and friends all impact our lifestyle. Sometimes this can be a load, right?
Where we are at emotionally can, and often does, greatly affect our attitude and our actions. Maybe it’s time to stop and ponder for a few minutes how you’re really feeling emotionally about what being gluten free means to you. Maybe you’re doing just fine and life feels good, really good. Your health is better, you’re maneuvering through new eating styles, and finding new social experiences with others who have common lifestyles has fallen into place. That’s great! But if being gluten-free is causing you to feel like you’re sacrificing too often, you’re choosing to “skip” the social events because they’re too difficult, or you’ve got some mild (or not so mild) resentment hanging around, taking a look at ways to work through those feelings is probably a good idea. So you can move forward.