Shifting your Priorities…

Being successful when you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity is all really a matter of shifting your priorities which is easier said then done. Sometimes we shift priorities out of absolute necessity and this is one of those times because truly you can no longer live the way you did, yesterday.

What was important yesterday when your health is suddenly forced into the forefront may not seem as important today and that is completely normal and honestly the way it has to be.

If you have celiac disease and you begin to go through withdrawals, that will absolutely force you to narrow down your lists of essentials to get through today and some days even those won’t happen. If you are gluten sensitive your body can react in similar ways and you can go through withdrawals as well. I truly believe anyone who doesn’t go through some kind of gluten withdrawals in the beginning is at a serious disadvantage than those of us who do. The worse your withdrawals are the better. Why?

Because when you come out the other side of them, whether it be a week, a few weeks, a month, or a few months (like me), you will never look at wheat or gluten the same again. You could not pay me to have just one bite of anything. The thought of cheating NEVER, EVER is a consideration. Unfortunately, I know many people who jump on and off gluten like its nothing and I know long term I will be healthier and my body thanks me every time I survive a moment of temptation. I have done enough damage to my body without me knowing what I was doing, I sure as heck could not knowingly eat something that will set off an immune system response in my body for the next three months.  No mouth-watering piece of warm bread, pizza, pie, cookie, cake, or whatever is your favorite is worth that kind of pain from the withdrawals again and certainly not worth screwing up my immune system for another three months. No way, no how.

But those of you who have no physical reaction don’t be fooled in thinking that your body is not reacting. That would be a big mistake, you just haven’t connected the dots as to the reaction your body is sending you. Whether it be a headache, joint pain, bloating, break-outs, sinus-infection, anxiety, your hair falling out, exhaustion, mood swings, depression etc there is something going on however its just not painful enough or quick enough for you to realize that it is from what you are eating. You just pop some aspirin, or motrin or whatever prescription you have and keep going but eventually you will find yourself in another doctors office complaining about what you think is an unrelated problem.

They key is to understand that living life with gluten related challenges is a life long journey and you will never be successful if you don’t learn to sit down and re-evaluate what is important to you, because most likely your health was way down the list and for some not even on your list and now it needs to be at the forefront of every day if you have celiac disease. And that is not easy to do, honestly. 

In the beginning you don’t want anything to change and you think you can handle it all without this changing your life and you will find yourself unprepared, getting glutened a few times and its not until your too sick to move that you realize something has to change. And, that change has to come from you and you alone. Its a priority shift, a time shift, a taking care of you shift because truly there are not enough hours in the day for you to be everything to everybody and put yourself first, there just aren’t. This is a balancing act you will learn to become a master at. Some days everything will flow with ease and some days nothing will go right and that is normal, the key to remember is you don’t have the luxury and the option of not taking care of you first. No one else is going to take care of you. No one else can even begin to understand what it takes to get yourself together on days when you just don’t feel right. No one can do this for you, but you.

And, you are going to have to learn to stop being everything to everyone else. It was a long, tough, hard lesson that I struggle with all the time because I am a nurturer and care taker by my own nature and putting me first goes against all of that but you don’t always have a choice, my health demands it, and so does yours?

Where are you in your journey? Have you master your priorities?  Have any tips you could share, love to hear them please post a comment below.