Staying on the Positive Side

Let’s be honest, sometimes life gets us down.  This is a story of getting down and then getting over it.

I have a pretty positive outlook on having Celiac Disease, having to eat gluten free and not getting to eat things like egg rolls and Chinese food in Chinese restaurants.  About once a year I get PF Chang’s and satisfy my Chinese craving for a bit.  It’s not as much as I used to eat it but it helps.  Eating gluten free isn’t really that bad either.  It could be worse, I could be allergic to dairy, avocados, and almonds.  Things that I eat EVERY day.  But it’s just gluten, right?

Well, last Monday was my “feeling sorry for myself” day.  I had been at JUCO (the Junior College World Series) which happens every May in Grand Junction.  It’s basically a week of sunshine, baseball and more sunshine.  I spend as much time attending games and chillin’.  Memorial Day I got to the stadium at 11 and stayed there all day.  I had brought my usual snacks to tide me over and had plans to jet at 6 to grab a bite to eat before the 7:30pm game.  Plans changed and I ended up taking photos of the team the Grand Junction Lions Club hosted (every year we host one of the teams) and not going to eat.

Mind you, this was my fault…I will admit that.

I had, earlier in the day, started wishing that I could go to the concession stand, pick whatever I wanted and just EAT.  Not have play 20 questions with the gal behind the counter and then hope that she was right.  It’s like playing Russian Roulette, really.  I was tired of being different, of not being able to grab food and go, to have to leave the stadium to get something to eat and then come back, try to find a parking spot and…it was too much.  I’m guessing the sun and heat had something to do with this breakdown as well.

But I had a pity party.  I almost started crying and had to compose myself several times.  Sometimes being gluten free really sucks.  In fact, I found this and posted it to Facebook:

Don't you ever just want to be normal?

Don’t you ever just want to be normal?

I had friends comment on the picture from “Be strong!” to “I have those days” to “I wouldn’t eat normal for the world, I know how it hurts me”.  The support was so good.

I ended up getting fries.  They told me that they were gluten free.  I hope they were right…

So, I had my moment, ate my fries, watched the game, went home, went to bed and the next day I was fine.  My outlook was better.  Sometimes you just have to have a moment and move on.  The sun always comes up tomorrow, I’ve been told…and that is a true statement.

The moral of the story is twofold:

1.  Have a pity party, get mad or sad or whatever and then MOVE ON.  It’s life and the way it is whether it’s Celiac or a dairy allergy or something else.  It could always be worse.

2.  Stay positive.  Negative energy only brings you and everyone else around you down.  The more negativity, the less people will want to be around you and, when you really need support, it won’t be there.

Gluten free isn’t always the most glamorous or the most fun but it’s the most healthy for me.  It could be gluten free or death and I choose gluten free.

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Staying on the Positive Side

Last week I was out with some of my friends watching football and somehow the topic came around to eating gluten free.  Ok, let’s face it, almost every time I’m around the topic comes around to gluten free.  I don’t try, it just happens.  It just so happened that this day it was double trouble:  two of us are gluten free.

I’m used to being gluten free and although it’s not my favorite thing in the world, I’m ok with it.  Yes, I have times when I really want an egg roll (yes, I’m back to the egg roll) but overall, it is what it is.  My friend Kim misses certain things in life like Bud Light and Taco Bell.  I don’t blame her, it sucks somedays.  The topic turned into “eating gluten free sucks” which turned into a bet between Kim and my friend Craig.  The bet?  That Craig (not gluten free) was to eat gluten free for a whole week.  The loser to buy dinner and pay an monetary amount.  While it sounds easy (cut the bread, pasta and beer) it isn’t that easy and is quite tricky.  That topic, and the results from the bet, will be in another blog so stay tuned.

What got me thinking was that we too often look at the negative side of things.  We look at what we CAN’T have and aren’t thankful for what we CAN have.  I’m super thankful that my friends bought gluten free buns last night so I could have a normal hamburger.  Was the bun like a normal bakery bun?  No.  But it was the kind of bun I CAN have.  Do I miss Bud Light?  Yes but there are gluten free beers that are good.

I’ve started hearing it more and more from those that are gluten free.

“Oh, I can’t have that.”

“This gluten free diet is too expensive.”

“I hate to read every label.”

“The gluten free diet is hard.”

While all of these might be true, let’s try to be thankful that eating gluten free is SO much easier than 20 years ago, even five years ago.  Let’s be thankful that there ARE foods out there that we can eat, no matter the cost.  Let’s remember what we CAN have and not feel restricted by what we can’t.  Let’s adjust our way of thinking and see the positive side of things.

Make it a point this week to listen to how you talk, especially about eating gluten free.  When you want to say something negative about eating gluten free, make it into something positive and I bet your whole outlook will change.

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