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.
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.
- 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.
- Resources – Wendy @ Celiacs in the House
- Traveling – Karen @ Gluten-Free Travel Blog
- Eating Out – Heather @ Gluten-Free Cat
- Frugal Tips – Janelle @ Gluten Freely Frugal
- Cooking – Carrie @ Ginger Lemon Girl
- Baking – Jules @ Jules Gluten Free
- Kids – Lynn @ Lynn’s Recipe Adventures
- Lunch Boxes – Tessa @ Tessa the Domestic Diva
- Shopping – Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry