How to Overcome the Gluten Blues?

How to Overcome the Gluten Blues?

For me I think there are a few kinds of “gluten blues” and they seem to come at different junctures in your journey. 

When you are first learning to go gluten free it is a very daunting task understanding all the nuances that go into changing every thing that you eat. Learning to navigate your kitchen, your old favorite foods, baking, cooking, eating out, dealing with friends, family and special occasions all of these take some time to learn how to survive, let alone to relax and enjoy your meals. 

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Saying Goodbye to Wonder Woman……

Saying Goodbye to Wonder Woman……

For far too long I was under the crazy notion that I was Wonder Woman in disguise. I’m not sure if it is a generation thing, if its a woman thing or where I adopted it, but I was under the ridiculous notion that in order to be successful in my life I had to do it all and I had to be it all to my family and myself. 

Truth be told, I fell short most days and I constant felt like I couldn’t measure up to my own ideals. The problem was I had trained everyone in my life to rely on me for everything, that when I suddenly couldn’t be there for everyone it wasn’t only my world that came to a screeching halt so did everyone else’s world. 

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Loving Yourself……

Loving Yourself……

Loving yourself is not a concept that I have ever been familiar with, I knew mean, angry and hateful to myself because my body had failed me my entire life. I have always been overweight, always on a diet, new plan, exercise routine only to be slammed back into reality and derailed with pain from migraines, joint, back, hip pain and then of course stomach issues and having to live on ginger ale and plain crackers. I was angry that I had no follow through, that I couldn’t stay focused physically, that I obviously wasn’t committed enough, my body and my weight was always a constant disappointment. I even had a miscarriage and was told I lost my baby because I was too big, so you know loving my body was not a concept I ever understood until I realized that celiac was the culprit all along.

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Learning to say NO……

Learning to say NO……

This is a biggie for a lot of us. And I’m gonna add learning to say NO (and mean it AND not having to explain yourself)!

For a lot of us, who run businesses, have family and friends that depend on us this is really a tough one to follow through on but it is an essential part in our healing and in our learning to put ourselves first. 

My body does not run the way it use it, I cannot push it and neglect it like I did in the past. And, this has led me to realize that I have to pick and choose what I will give my time to more carefully. Certain events require more down-time for me and that too has to be added in. 

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What To Do When Your Husband Isn’t Supportive?

What To Do When Your Husband Isn’t Supportive?

Okay let me start by saying, I am divorced and when my health hit a major roadblock my husband eventually bailed for other reasons so I am not be the best one to answer this question but here is goes, anyway.

Talk to him. Most likely he is scared. Your health has had to have been an issue for a while. According to the Journal of Medicine, “Every time the disease is clinically diagnosed in an adult, that person has foe decades had the disease in a latent or silent stage.”

Everything is going to have to change, what you eat, how you cook and quite honestly it’s a lot for you to grasp, how about for someone who doesn’t truly get it. All he knows is you may never cook his favorite dinner ever again.

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What To Do When My Family Has No Food For Me?

What To Do When My Family Has No Food For Me?

This is a tough question because every family situation and dynamic is different but here is what I have found works best in most situations.

First off this is your issue. You have celiac disease and I’m guessing that the rest of your family does not. Having celiac disease and understanding all of the intricacies that go along with this disease is confusing, is hard to fully grasp and you live with it every day, they do not. 

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Top 3 Tips on the Gluten Funk…..

Top 3 Tips on the Gluten Funk…..

I don’t think I know a single person who has been struggling with gluten challenges that every once in a while hits a speed bump that they just can’t seem to get over and everything stalls for a bit.

Some people call it the gluten blues or the gluten funk. I’m not sure if its cause we all get so bogged down with the tremendous amount of pressure that is on our shoulders because our health is not at the forefront of every decision and action that we make.

We just don’t have an off button. We don’t really relax, we are always in planning and preparing mode. And, I always feel like I need to be three steps ahead or I’m truly behind.

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De-stressing……

De-stressing……

Taking time to de-stress when you have any kind of health related issue, this is a crucial component to your recovery and healing. Your body can not do what it needs to do if it is constantly being overworked and overloaded. So it is essential that this becomes part of your routine as often as you can. 

The more you embrace this, the quicker your body will heal and will continue to function optimally. And as someone who only had one speed and pushed my body hard and then harder working sixty hours a week, 2-hour commutes in traffic, 5;00a gym-time, daily visits to the Chiropractor office so he could put me back together so I could repeat again the next day taking care of my family and oh yeah whatever was left to take care of me. I was high-strung, tightly wound, stressed out and my body eventually broke. I know I never want to go back to that place.  However, now-a-days my stress is not only around work, finances, family but it also around food too. I still don’t have an off button or a pause button but I have learned to change my routines around to include time to relax and de-stress every day so that I can keep my life going in a positive, healthy, healing way.

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Top 3 Tips on Irritability…..

Top 3 Tips on Irritability…..

Let’s face it peeps, when hunger strikes and you are not prepared like most people we get a little cranky. When we know better, we get annoyed with ourselves and as someone who lives with gluten challenges, you know that your key to a successful day is to be prepared for anything.

I swear some days, my purse is more of a cooler than an actual purse. But that’s another story. Hee!Hee! I’m pretty sure, I’m not alone here.

The challenge is when the unexpected comes up and what started off as a few errands, turns into an all day event and you may not always be read for such an instance, so what do you do?

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Cutting out the Negativity……

Cutting out the Negativity……

I’m not sure if this is a Celiac thing or if this is just a change in my own outlook on life but I find myself having less and less patience with people who are negative all the time. Negativity breeds negativity and I believe the more you bitch and complain about how everything in your life is wrong the more you bring into your life. What you focus on, you become.

I choose to look at the positive, to focus on the good and create and bring more of that into my life. Something majorly changed in me after realizing that my health was in shambles, I realized that I needed to do the best that I could every day and to make better choices and to focus on what was working and what was good, even when I felt like hell. It was the only way I knew how to survive and it was the only way I knew how to be. Some days it took a lot to find something positive to focus on but I refused to stay stuck on how something wasn’t working the way i thought it should be.

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