Everyone’s afraid of something.
Cockroaches scare the beejeezus out of me. If only you could see my special “dance” when I cross paths with a creepy cucaracha.
My best friend has a spider phobia that is literally paralyzing. (I scoff at spiders.)
I knew a guy in high school who was afraid of hot air balloons. Mind you, he’d never been in one. (Yeah, we finally broke up.)
Point is we all have fears, rational or not.
Lately I’ve noticed a lot of people I meet are afraid of their special diet.
Some of the Love Letters I receive say things like…
“I don’t know what to do. What will I eat if I can’t have gluten or dairy??”
“I’m starving to death. Gluten free sucks.”
No, it doesn’t. If you have a health issue like Celiac disease, Dermatitis Herpetiformis, or Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity living gluten free is the most liberating thing in the universe.
But Gigi, I’m hungry, I don’t know what to eat, and I can’t figure all this out on my own! There is nothing at all liberating about this @*&! diet!!!
I understand where you are, Honey Bunch. Take a deep breath and hear me out.
My first gluten free meal was grilled steak, a plain baked potato and a garden salad with only balsamic vinegar as dressing. That was also my second and third gluten free meal. Not because I love those foods so much, but because I didn’t have a clue which foods were “safe” for me way back then.
Truth is, for a few days after going gluten free I could not function beyond that single meal. There was much to learn.
It can be downright overwhelming.
Living with decades of health issues and realizing a gluten free diet is the answer to resolving them is like making it to the top of a steep mountain and standing at cliff’s edge, then realizing you have to jump off the cliff.
It’s not the climb that scares people, it’s that leap off the edge.
It’s difficult to give up foods we love and are used to. A chewy-good bagel for breakfast, a sandwich in the lunch box, a piping hot basket of rolls on the dinner table… and that’s not all. What about the birthday cakes, muffins, brownies, and cookies??
We all have our “special something” we love to eat. For some, the news of having to go gluten free leads to a fear of never having that favorite food again.
I’m telling you it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, I’ve made better baked goods since going gluten free! So can you.
You simply need to “suit up” and let go of your fear about what you’re leaving behind as you take that giant leap.
Your parachute will be the solid, dependable resources you find along your journey to optimal health. You’re already “suiting up” by being right here on this site and using these reliable resources.
You can find more solid, science-backed, fact-based information about living your best gluten free life, recipes, and more at GlutenFreeGigi.com.
There’s more, too. If you’re going to take the plunge, you might as well pack all the “safety nets” you can. Check out my informative, immediately useful info right in your inbox with my free Daily Gluten Free Fix eNewsletter.
Now, it’s time to soar…