A few quick hits before I kick off today’s blog post.
– Thanks tons for all of your feedback regarding my trip to Cheerios-Land next week. I now have so many amazing questions to ask, they may actually regret inviting me (just kidding…I think).
– I had a dream last night that I flew to the moon and back. This is not celiac related at all. It was just a really cool dream.
– I got the following email this morning: Hi Gluten Dude. I’ve been diagnosed Celiac only three months now. In that time I’ve moved through panic and fear to I can do this and with a positive attitude no less. And then unexpectedly into depressed, lonely and damn sick of cooking/preparing nearly everything I eat. Today I feel grateful my life lead me to a new city and a doctor who thought to check for Celiac. I am grateful I have a new tool to be well, Gluten Free. And grateful it is starting to work. I don’t rule out more loneliness, sadness or fear, but I want to thank you for doing what you do. When it feels like I’m all alone in this, a new blog update in my inbox makes me realize that’s far from the truth. So, thank you.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it more than once, celiac is all about attitude. If you let celiac dictate your life, you’re screwed. If you let food become more important than people, you’re toast. If you carry the celiac burden with you at all times, you are simply missing out on life.
Case in point…my awesome sister-in-law is having a milestone birthday next week. So my just-as-awesome brother is throwing her a big bash this Saturday at their house (you’re all invited by the way). All my brothers coming in, her family making the trip, my Aunt coming down from CT.
And there will be food. Lots and lots of food. He is having the party catered. None of the food will be safe for me to eat…and I couldn’t be happier about it.
Happy…because my sister-in-law, who always goes out of her way to keep me safe, can remove that from her plate for one night.
Happy…because it’s less worrying for me (will it REALLY be ok for me to eat??)
Happy…because it’s less work for the caterers (how do I keep things separate? Did I use the right utensil??)
Happy…because Mrs. Dude can relax and not worry about me getting sick.
Happy…because I didn’t have to put my brother out in any way.
I know what you’re saying. Sure Dude, you’re happy but won’t you…um…you know…be HUNGRY??
Nope. Because along with “attitude”, the second key word in celiac success is “preparation”.
Mrs. Dude and I put together an awesome meal plan. Ok…let me rephrase that. Mrs. Dude put together an awesome meal plan.
When everyone else is having appetizers, I’m having this:
That is gluten-free pizza from Jules Pizza. One of the owner’s daughters has celiac and oh my, they do it right! I’m going for the meat lovers pie, which comes with pepperoni, mushroom and sausage. And I replace the mozzarella with vegan cheese.
When everyone else is having soup and salad, I’m having this:
Not to state the obvious, but that is a salmon and avocado roll. I could have this for every meal. Sometimes I feel like I do.
When everyone else is having their main dish, I’m having this:
We haven’t quite decided what the main course will be but above is one of Mrs. Dude’s creations, so I know I’ll love whatever she puts together.
When everyone else is having dessert, I’m having this:
That is a caramel brownie from the Grain Exchange.
Oh…and to top it all off, my sis-in-law bought a bottle of this for the party:
That is pure heaven in a bottle my friends…1942 Don Julio Tequila.
My point is…I’m not exactly going without, am I? I’m prepared as prepared can be and have a can’t wait attitude. If I can do it, so can you.
Happy Birthday Beth-Anne. Let the party begin!