We have all been there, where we smell a certain food stops us in our tracks, you walked in you favorite Aunt’s house and she is pulling out her famous apple pie just in time for your visit, your Mom just made her famous lasagna and the whole house reminds you of your childhood, or your all-time favorite take-out place is making a delivery as you walk into your friends house - in each instance for one moment we forget that what we smell, what reminds us of family, or home, or friends will now make us sick and its just not fair.
And you wonder will just one bite, really hurt me? You know the answer is yes, but sometimes we try and rationalize or bargain with ourselves.
So how to you gracefully step away from the foods you once loved?
So here are my Top 3 Tips, hope they help.
The first thing I do is remind myself that 1/1000 of a gram will reactive my immune system response for the next 3 months.
That usually breaks the spell that the food has over me.
If that doesn’t work, the second thing I do is take a deep breath and remember the nightmare that I had during the months of withdrawals.
I remember how incredibly sick I was? I remember that pain, I remember laying on the bathroom floor, I remember being too weak to wash my hair, I remember the shaking, the chills and the fevers, I remember it all.
For me, it only takes one peak back at those horrible months and NOTHING and I MEAN NOTHING can be good enough to make we want to go back there again.
If the first two tips are still not working, I always recommend going for a walk. Step outside and breath in some fresh air. Sometimes you just need to get out of the gluten-induced coma if you will that pulling at you.
Call a friend, do something that distracts you for a few minutes and take your mind off of wanting that thing that you know is truly harmful to yourself.
And last but not least, I have been known to bargain with myself. If I have been craving a favorite dessert or my favorite Italian food, this is why the pull is so hard right now. So I make a promise to stop at my favorite gluten-free restaurant and buy the safe version of whatever it is on the way home or I have been known to stop on the way home and get all the necessary ingredients and bake my own darn dessert in a more healthy and gluten-free way.
My theory on this is do whatever it takes to give yourself a moment to come to your senses again. As a celiac there are hundreds of places that we can trip up unexpectedly and we all accept that we will make mistakes but to knowing eat something that you know will cause you a whole lot of damage and harm, just isn’t worth it, no matter how much you may want to in that split second.
Would love to hear you tips on how you get out of sticky situations when the temptation to take just one bite kicks in, so please share in the comments below. Also, if you have specific tips you’d like to request, click on the question box and I’ll get to yours just as soon as I can.