Emotions and Attitude


It’s day one of the 10 Days of Gluten Free blog hop!  This week and next (Monday through Friday) I will be covering topics related to getting started on the gluten free diet.  Be sure to visit the other participating blogs listed at the end of this post.  Each one is covering a different gluten-free topic and has a great giveaway you can enter.

Emotions and Attitude

Most of you reading this are on a gluten-free diet because you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity or for some other reason believe it might help you (or your child) to feel more healthy.

So you’re not necessarily gluten-free because you just really want to be.  It is viewed as a necessity.  There can be positive and negative emotions connected to this necessary lifestyle change.

Grieve if You Need To

Clearly, positive thoughts are going to help you as you embrace this adventure.  However, giving up gluten can be really difficult.  In fact, many people grieve the loss of gluten.  If you feel like you are grieving, then give yourself time to do that.  It’s a healthy part of life.

Be Grateful

Unless the world gets rid of gluten, there will always be some challenges to face.  Being grateful can help you walk through those situations more gracefully.  A few of the things I have found to be grateful for are:

  • Being gluten free helps me feel better and be healthy.
  • Celiac disease is treated with dietary changes and not drugs.
  • I eat a more healthy diet because I am more aware of what is in the foods I eat.
  • I have added new foods to my diet that I might never have tried before.
  • I have enjoyed experimenting in the kitchen and learning to cook and bake new things.

I suggest that before you go farther with this diet, you stop and evaluate where you are with it emotionally.  Do you need to grieve?  Do you need to be grateful?  Are you at least headed in that direction?

My brother in law says, “It’s more fun to have fun.”  He is absolutely right.  If you are faced with adapting to a new lifestyle, it will be more pleasant if you look on the bright side.

This giveaway is now closed.


Shelley Case is giving away a copy of her book Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide.  The title is an appropriate description.  This book would be useful to anyone on a gluten-free diet.

Giveaway Guidelines

  • This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents 18 and older.
  • You are allowed one entry per “10 Days of Gluten Free” blog post for a total of 10 entries on this blog.
  • Enter by leaving a comment on this post (and other 10 Days of GF posts)
  • The giveaway begins May 7, 2012 and ends at 11:59 pm eastern time on May 18, 2012.

No purchase is necessary.  Odds of winning are based on the number of entries.  The winner will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen.

10 Days of Gluten Free Continues:

These bloggers have great tips and ideas to share with you.  Please stop by and remember to enter the giveaways.


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  1. Mim says

    I would love to add this book to my gluten free library. Thanks for the giveaway.
    mimsfam at gmail dot com

  2. says

    My girl has a long list of “frees”, with gluten being just the beginning. She longs to eat a wider variety of foods. Sometimes, I wish I had a magic wand…

  3. says

    Linda, you are so right about looking at a gluten free diet on the bright side. All I have to do when someone else is eating yummy looking gluten foods are the symptoms that start at night and by morning I am bedridden for 12 hours with an extreme migraine, vomiting, joint and muscle pains so bad, I literally wish to die. Yep, that makes me glad to be rid of gluten and that baked snack no longer looks so good. You have a good and informative blog. Thanks!

  4. Kristin A. says

    You are absolutely right about the need to grieve. It’s not just grieving the loss of gluten, per se. It’s grieving the loss of certain aspects of your lifestyle. It is totally life changing, in many ways for the good, but it takes a while to readjust emotionally before you can see the good. Thank-you for this series. Looking foward to reading all of the entries. (P.S. And I would live a copy of the Shelley Case book : ) )

  5. Valaina says

    I chose to go on a gluten-free diet to help with my anti-immune disease. I would love the book as a reference.

  6. lisa says

    Thank you for all the great info on GF eating. I think a positive attitude is a great way to look at it. It really does force people to look at different foods and try different foods. Thank you.

  7. says

    What a fantastic post and a great outlook on the emotions face when going gluten free! I’m sharing these tips with my support group as well! Thank you Linda for a fantastic series! (just commenting, not in the drawing!)

  8. Rose M. says

    Thank you for the information! I need some help & more inspiration to cut gluten out of my life– I know it will improve things If I can. Cheers.

  9. lili says

    The ‘grieving’ process is so important – and I feel that’s why I haven’t yet embraced the lifestyle. Some people have a bigger relationship with food than others – and I am one of them. That said, thank you for the uplifting post. It’s good to know that there’s a community out there ready to lend its support!

  10. Deanna says

    Thank you so much for the information you provide! It’s really appreciated and the gluten free community can use all the support they can find! I would really love to have this book to add to my library. It would be used often. Our entire house is gluten free due to celiac disease! Thank you!

  11. Kazan says

    I did grieve when I began my gluten-free lifestyle. I began two weeks before Thanksgiving and that holiday season was very difficult. It took me awhile before I became brave enough to try new things and much longer to accept invitations into homes where gluten-free was not understood. I still find challenges, but have found ways to feel safe in a world that is not very understanding. I have come to gripes with my new lifestyle. Thank you for your insight into this process.

  12. Lynn says

    Thanks for the info.. focus on the cans.. not the can’ts…. love all of you for taking time out of your busy lives to inform and entertain all of us gf people. : )

  13. Jeannie Parker says

    I love this post and completely agree with it. I went gluten free on March 11th of this year. At first I was very depressed and worried about finding stuff to eat and figuring out what I can and can’t have. Then I read a blog or article somewhere that put things into perspective for me. It listed your point above about being one of the few things that has a treatment/cure and doesn’t require medication. Then I started feeling better and that was all it took. No more feeling sorry for myself because of what I can’t have it. I feel so much better that although it all sounds and smells wonderful I would rather feel good than eat those wonderful foods I love.
    I told my husband who kept apologizing for eating things in front of me that I couldn’t have; this was a lifestyle I choose and he didn’t need to apologize. I want to feel better so I eat the things that assist in that. So by changing my outlook to… I eat this way because I want to feel better, I no longer see what I can’t have but instead only look for the things I can.

  14. Robin says

    I’m a newbie to this site (Thanks to my friend Bonnie!) and to gluten free lifestyle. I look forward to any and all information to help make this transition easier for my whole family.

  15. says

    This is great! I eliminated Gluten from my diet 6 weeks ago and am beginning to feel like a different person. I don’t really miss eating gluten however I do find it more challenging to go out socially! I am fortunate that my supplements and personal care products are gluten free as well. I have found this is one of the most challenging areas to live gluten free!

  16. says

    My gluten-free emotions have run the spectrum after 8 years! This is a great reminder that grief is part of the process, but that our mindset is so important in determining how we are going to live this gluten-free life. I’m choosing grateful! Thanks, Linda!

  17. says

    Great post Linda! My husband was so disappointed when he was diagnosed with celiac disease. He still misses French bread from time to time, but he now eats so much healthier and has introduced many new foods in the past 9 months. His attitude is much better these days too now that he realizes all the delicious foods he CAN eat.

  18. Krysten H says

    Having the right attitude about it helps a lot. And I look back at all the time I wondered what was going on with me and feel so grateful to have an answer!

  19. Mary Mom says

    I have been gluten free for a total of 8 days. It is a bit overwhelming but I have been reading everything I can to help me understand all I need to know to be successful. I am so pleased to have found your blog. Very helpful.

  20. Jillian says

    your biscuits and cornbread are a staple at our house. i am almost 4 months in since being diagnosed with celiacs. thank YOU!

  21. April says

    So glad I found this site. I just started a gf diet today and I think the book would really help me out. Definitely still grieving.

  22. Tammy says

    What did people ever do before great blogs and websites like this! I’d love this gluten free guide!

  23. Susan says

    This book looks like a great resource for those of us who have to live the gluten-free lifestyle! Thanks for giving us a chance to get this book!

  24. says

    I was diagnosed with Celiac disease two years ago, it’s been a major change in my life. I am always on the lookout for tips and suggestions about living gluten free.

    I would love to be entered into your giveaway for the book. Thanks!!

  25. Kathi says

    I definitely grieved, went through all the stages. Have finally come to acceptance and am starting to experiment with baking again. It’s a process…

  26. Jennifer M. says

    Such a good post! I went through all this with my son’s allergies, but I haven’t given myself the permission to grieve the loss of gluten. I know I’m better without it, but…. I’d love to win this book!

  27. Natalie says

    Thank goodness your advice goes down much better than the gluten! Thanks for the advice and the great giveaway! Hope I win!

  28. Colleen M. says

    This post was so true and SO meaningful. Rather than looking at the negative side of being gluten free it is so important to be POSITIVE. I am so thankful that all I needed was to change my change my diet versus having to take a drug. I FEEL so much better and have experimented with so many new fruits, vegetables, and grains! Finding out that I had to remove gluten from my diet was the BEST thing that happened to me!!

  29. Shannon J. says

    I have a growing gluten free library and I’m always on the lookout for a book that I don’t have yet.

    I have passed the grieving stage but sometimes I’m still in the anger stage. I feel so much better and will not EVER intentionally eat gluten again, but sometimes I get so mad that I just want to scream. And then it passes when I eat something yummy & unhealthy, yet satisfying!

  30. says

    I’ve definitely been feeling grateful that I found out what was causing my constant illness and have been feeling sooooo much better, but I’m grieving a little, too. Less time spent out with friends, ect, because we just do not have gluten-free restaurant options in our little town. melisa (at) toadinaboat (dot) com

  31. Susan Riley says

    Thanks so much for starting this series! Your site was so helpful to me when I was first diagnosed with Celiac nearly 2 years ago, and I’m looking forward to learning lots more over the next few days from you and your fellow bloggers!!

  32. joy says

    I would luv to start a gf library with your book. I am converting recipes for my newly diagnosed Celiac son. All I have are scraps of information on paper laying around. ty

  33. Vicky says

    Grieve! I sure did my pity on that one. When it came with family, I was told ‘ It not all about you and just eat it’. Well, that didn’t go over to good on me. Well that was 3 years ago and now almost the whole family is excepting my way of this new life.

  34. says

    After suffering long-term chronic symptoms of untreated Celiac Disease, and realizing how much better I felt without gluten, my viewpoint was to look at all those previously loved foods and think of them as POISON. They were poisoning me. They made me sick. They caused migraines, depression, chronic fatigue, chronic aches & pains that mimicked Fibromyalgia, hair loss, weight gain and IBS. I was EXCITED that I finally had a diagnosis!

    Now, as I approach holidays where we’d have something that contained gluten, my challenge, which I eagerly accept is to find a recipe to fill that void. I’m thrilled that I have a husband who LOVES to cook and has made me the most scrumptious gluten-free stuffing, scones, Angel Food Cake, and even Babka – a must for Easter!

    • says

      Helen, I too think of gluten as poison and call it that fairly often. It does help keep things in perspective. My husband doesn’t cook, but have enjoyed the challenge of finding or creating recipes for favorite foods. I’m glad you and your husband have too. It sounds like you are definitely on the right track!

  35. Angel R. says

    It has been 19 months since my 3-yr-old was diagnosed with celiac. He has adjusted very well to the gluten-free lifestyle. It has definitely been harder for me. While it has gotten easier, it still overwhelms me from time to time. Trying to keep a positive attitude for him. We all eat GF at home and rarely eat out. When we do, we take food for him.

  36. Bina H says

    I really would love this book. I have read lots of gluten free literature over the past 7 years of my celiac disease diagnosis and I am always thirsting for better books. I am a student who is often studying abroad wether not in my home town or even out of country so any gluten free books i bring with me helps me tremendously!
    (folks – try reading ingredients in difernet languages!! and no, not jsut spanish!)
    Im thankful for being gluten free as I feel very healthy!

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