Changing the way you eat is a complete lifestyle change in many ways. If you’re on a gluten-free diet, you know what I mean. The question is how will we handle this change?
My mom tells me what a good job I’ve done adapting. She seems amazed at how well I have handled it. She shouldn’t be surprised. She is my example and has been for many years.
Though Mom didn’t have to make dietary changes, she did have to adapt to physical limitations. When I was only a year old and the youngest of three children, Mom became legally blind. She was in her early thirties and wouldn’t be able to drive for the rest of her life.
She could still function. Legally blind is not completely blind, though she was almost completely blind in one eye. When I was older, she was able to get a job typing reports and transcribing from audio, and when she met a challenge, she was determined to face it the best way possible. But imagine raising three young kids without driving!
Sure, our lifestyle was probably less hectic than most are these days, but we were involved in sports and other activities. We rode our bikes a mile to the swimming pool in the summer, and when I was too young to ride, I sat in a seat on my mom’s bike.
We got rides with other people, and my dad did a lot of chauffeuring. Honestly, my dad has been a great example too. He didn’t like shopping, but he would drive us to the mall and then sit in the car and listen to a ball game. He never complained.
In my twenties, I spoke with a woman who was older than my mom and who knew her at the time her vision changed. She told me and my sister how amazing Mom was. How she adapted without complaining. How she didn’t let it get her down. I was inspired.
Then I had my own three kids and was even more inspired. I understood better how difficult the change in lifestyle must have been for Mom and our family.
But that’s not the only lifestyle change my mom has made. At age 70 she had a stroke which left her with partial paralysis of the left side. She has trouble typing and doing the sewing and craft projects that she once did.
It’s not surprising that she adapted and is determined to do her best at whatever she can do. And once again, my dad adapted too. Through helping my mom, he learned that he enjoys sewing. He has even made tied quilts for his nine grandkids!
As the saying goes, when life hands you lemons, make lemon curd…. I mean lemonade.
Yes, going gluten free is a challenge. It’s a different lifestyle. But it can be done, and it can be done well. Be an example to others by taking what life gives you and turning it into something good.
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