I’m a glass half-full kind of guy. While I may bitch and moan about celiac disease, there are many reasons to be thankful. As the holiday approaches, this is as good a time as any to mention them.
- It is a treatable disease. No medications with a laundry list of side effects. No endless trips to the doctor. Just follow a strict diet. Easier said than done, but it beats the alternative.
- You don’t have to share your Thanksgiving stuffing. So what if it’s because nobody else wants it. It’s all yours.
- Nobody will drink your last Red Bridge. See number two.
- It explains a lot. Falling asleep at your desk. Forgetting people’s names. Now it all makes sense.
- You eat a lot less crappy foods. No cakes. No cookies. No heavy sauces. The way mankind was supposed to eat.
- There is more awareness. It seems everyone is talking about gluten these days. Not always a good thing, but it has opened up more options for us celiacs.
- The celiac community. A wonderful group of people and a great support system.
- My “No Grain. No Pain.” tattoo would make no sense without it.
- The discovery of new foods. Gorilla Munch. Pad Thai. Udi’s Bagels. Pamela’s Cookies. Kind Bars. Never would’ve tried any of these without celiac disease.
- Save money eating out. Fear of new restaurants means more meals at home.
- People really look out for you. Most people will go out of their way to put you at ease. If not, try to get these kind of people in your lives.
- You can still eat sushi and have a cocktail. Wow…am I thankful for this one.
Ok…fine…so I could only come up with 12. Help me finish the list. Comment below and tell me why you’re thankful for celiac disease.