Part 5: Ok…now what happens?
Am I mentally prepared to go gluten free? Check.
Am I emotionally committed to a gluten free life? Check.
Is my house a gluten free sanctuary? Check.
Will I be my own best advocate when going out to eat? Check.
Well…you’re off to a great start. You are indeed way ahead of the game.
And I wish I could say it’s all downhill from here, but the truth is, my friend, your journey has just begun.
Every day is a gluten-free challenge…
It’s monotonous talking about gluten all the time. It’s annoying checking Google three times a day to see if something has gluten in it. It’s frustrating watching everybody else eat whatever they want while your choices seem so limited. It’s painful not being able to eat Mrs. Dude’s Rum Cake (you have no idea how sinfully delicious it is.)
Let’s face it. It pretty much sucks.
…but you will prevail.
Why? Because you’re smart. You’re strong. You’re disciplined.
And if you want to live a long, healthy life, you simply have no choice.
I was at a friend’s house last night and our lovely host was telling me about another friend of hers who has celiac, but “she isn’t as careful as you are.” Part of me felt bad for her, as I know what is happening to her insides every time she cheats, whether she feels sick or not. But another part of me felt angry. If you’re gonna play that game, then you know what, don’t tell people you have celiac disease. If your gonna cheat once in awhile, keep your disease to yourself, as it makes people like me who treat it as a life or death situation look like we’re hypochondriacs.
You will not be that person. You cannot be that person. You understand me?
You’ve got a long, wonderful gluten-free life ahead of you.
Enjoy it. Savor it. And if you’re ever in a moment where you feel you might break, ping me, and I’ll talk you off the ledge.