No gluten. No dairy. No sugar. Oh my!
What started off as a simple gluten allergy has turned into an entirely different world that I had never imagined for myself.
My childhood consisted of big Italian meals every Sunday after church, not being able to leave the dinner table until I finished my glass of milk, and never turning down grandma’s homemade desserts when the opportunity presented itself.
I was sick a lot as a child and no one could figure out the real reason as to why I would get as sick as I would. Going to countless doctor appointments, missing an absurd amount of school, not wanting to hang out with friends due to continuous exhaustion and brain fog. I spent the majority of my life thinking I was just plain weird and antisocial.
I didn’t realize exactly how ill I was until the day I removed gluten from my diet. For awhile, I felt amazing. I didn’t know it was possible to feel that good! It stayed this way for months, and then the symptoms crept their way back into my life. Back to the doctor I went, back to countless appointments and lots of frustration. Long story short, eventually I was told to remove dairy from my diet on top of the gluten. So, that’s exactly what I did. And it worked! The symptoms went away for awhile and it was awesome until….They. Came. Back. Wonderful!
What now? No gluten. No dairy. Seriously, couldn’t that be enough?
Nope! Of course not.
So now here I am counting down the days to Christmas break. For me this means counting down to the day when I go home, but along with that it means counting down to the day when I have to remove sugar from my diet. On top of gluten and dairy. So that’s that! Honestly, I’m kind of nervous about it. It will definitely be a learning experience. I’m not going to know what to eat at first and I’m going to be surrounded by an abundance of wonderful family and friends enjoying Christmas treats together. Don’t get me wrong, I want them to enjoy themselves and I will be happy for them.. It’s just going to be extremely difficult when I’m sitting there gnawing on a celery stick or some nuts.. Haha! I’m sure this will lead to crabbiness and emotional breakdowns (I apologize in advance to those who have to deal with me) because, truth be told, I’m extremely sassy and dramatic at times. I know, SHOCKING 🙂
Ok, I already know this is going to be difficult, so why not make things more interesting? There’s always a way to turn something bad into something good and I like the idea of a challenge. The challenge I have for myself is to forget the fact that I can’t enjoy gluten, dairy, or sugar because, lets be honest, I will NOT die without these things in my life! But instead I want to focus more on appreciating and indulging in family, friends, and complete strangers I happen to encounter. Engaging in rich conversation, drowning in laughter, exchanging smiles, and taking this time to enjoy these simple treasures. Along with being filled with joy and feeling energized by good vibes, I’ll also start to feel SO much better physically, mentally, and emotionally. That being said, I’m taking these last few days before break to mentally prepare myself to face this challenge full speed ahead. Here’s to the start of a wonderfully fantastic and difficult new journey.