Why My List to Santa is Blank – AKA why celiac disease is a gift, and why Bruce Springsteen is a poet.
I know this is a little late, but I wanted to give you a heads up. I know you and the reindeer get awfully hot here in South Florida, and I didn’t want to keep you here any longer than necessary.
This year, you can skip my house.
There’s nothing I really “need.” I have the essentials. In fact, I have one gift that you didn’t even have to leave for me.
Thanks for everything over the years,
-I was on my way to work yesterday, and I heard Bruce Springsteen’s “Tunnel of Love.” (I was fortunate to be raised by parents who instilled in me an appreciation for a very wide variety of music, which continues today. However, Bruce was my 1st concert-the “Born in the USA” tour. I was 10.) It’s a great song for multiple reasons, but one lyric really stuck with me.
“You gotta learn to live with what you can’t rise above.”
That stuck with me. I know that a new diagnosis of celiac disease of living gluten free can be a challenge-there’s been some chatter about it on Twitter lately too. There’s no doubt that in the beginning it can a bit overwhelming. It’s a new way of thinking, and a new way of eating. There’s a lot of things to sort out and sift through, and a lot of changes to be made.
BUT THIS DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A BAD THING!
Living gluten free is all we have to do to manage our symptoms and live healthfully. We don’t have to take medication, undergo surgery, or be subjected to chemotherapy. We just have to be aware of our diets, and make smart choices.
And that is a gift.
Some may disagree with me, feel that it is an inconvenience, a burden, a “why me?” Yes, it’s an inconvenience, and does take a bit of planning or forethought. So take that bit of planning, and take it one step further-to ensure that you are providing yourself with optimal nutrition. With the prevalence of obesity, and the associated diseases/disorders with being overweight and obese (such as diabetes and heart disease amongst many others which I mentioned here in my “Gratitude and Prevention”post, we have the upper hand. We have a built in reason to examine our food choices, and the ability to make smarter ones.
My goal over the next year, and forever, is to help make this idea a bit easier to swallow, and a lot easier to implement. I will be starting an audio podcast, and I am also in the process of revising the free nutrition guide (which you can sign up for at the bottom of this post) to include an audio component. I am enlisting your help for this-what are your biggest challenges when it comes to eating healthful yet gluten free foods? What things would you like more information on? What topics would you like to see me address? What questions would you like answered? Shoot me an email, twitter me,use the contact page, or leave a comment.
Are you going to learn to live with it, or are you going to rise above?
I say rise above. Use this gift to create positive change for yourself.
Be well and Merry Christmas!
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