Diane from The W.H.O.L.E. Gang is doing a special series for Celiac Awareness Month (May). It is call 30 Days to Easy Gluten-Free Living. So far, there have been some amazing posts about everything from foods to keep stocked in your pantry to how to get your kids to eat whole foods to inspiration for growing your own garden. And so much more. (Please refer to the list at the end of this post. It links to all of the posts for the month. I will update it as the posts are available.)
All of these fabulous bloggers are talking about how easy it really is to be gluten-free. Well, I am here to tell you something. It’s not.
At least, not at first. Let me explain.
Here’s the thing. Newton was on to something with that whole inertia idea. (Sir Isaac Newton, not Fig Newton. That’s another blog post.)
I’m talking about his First Law of Motion, the Law of Inertia, to be precise. It basically says that anything at rest stays at rest unless a force is acted upon it. And anything in motion will stay at that particular motion unless a force is acted upon it. And that law applies to pretty much everything. Rocks, plants, cats, dogs, cars, keyboards (this blog ain’t typing itself) and PEOPLE.
That’s right! US! We will stay doing whatever we have always been doing unless there is a force acted upon us. That force can be from the outside, or the inside. But there needs to be a force.
Now, you may think that force is your diagnosis (or your family member’s diagnosis). Or your realization that you can’t eat gluten anymore and be healthy. But, surprisingly, that force usually isn’t strong enough. And, I mean strong enough to break that motion that you have of living your life the way you have lived it for the last ump-teen years.
Think about it. We all know that smoking is bad for our health. Lung cancer! We know that working out on a regular basis is good for our health. Better muscle, bones and live longer. We all know that eating fast food is bad for our health. We all know that more veggies and fruit are good for our health.
But, how many of us can say we do what we should do 100% of the time? Huh? Not me. I do my best, but I don’t do it 100%.
The thing is, with Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance, it HAS to be 100%. So, how do we make that EASY? How do we break that inertia?
Well, the big-brained scientists figured this one out a while ago. And, they figured out with this, we can make it through and do what we need to do 100%.
The secret? (No, not that secret.)
We are social beings. Mother Nature made us that way. We don’t’ do well alone. And we do much, much better with support.
No don’t get me wrong. We can live alone. Drive alone, etc. But when it comes to making lasting change that we know we need to make, we need support to help us do it. To help us get over, around, through that inertia.
Now, I am one of the lucky ones. The Big Man was/is all about support. (One of the millions of reasons I married him.) When I found out I was gluten intolerant, he helped me get it (gluten) out of the house. He would even apologize the few and far between times he would eat anything gluten in front of me, such as when we were at a restaurant. He would make sure that I wouldn’t get any gluten in my food. Always looking out for cross contamination.
But, the biggest thing he did for me was to make sure I didn’t feel alone. When I went gluten-free, I didn’t know anyone else who had even heard of gluten. So, we figured out this whole thing together, even though he didn’t need to be gluten-free.
Not everyone is as lucky as I am. I have had readers tell me that their marriage broke up because their spouse was that un-supportive. Or family members would purposefully feed them gluten because it had to be all in their head. How could you possibly not be able to eat something humans have eaten for centuries?
Now, I am not advocating giving up a marriage or a family. But, what I am advocating is finding people to support you. If you have to go outside to get that support, then by all means, do it. Find a support group and attend the meetings. (Check out Celiac Disease Foundation and Gluten Intolerance Group.) Send kids to a gluten-free summer camp. Find friends/acquaintances that need to be gluten-free and form your own support group. Get to know some of the fabulous gluten-free bloggers and read and comment. (You can start with the list below. Most of these fabulous people became another part of my support and have helped me flourish on my journey to good health.) Find people on facebook and/or twitter.
(The beautiful Shirley from gfe-gluten-free easily pointed out in the comments below that you can also try googling gluten-free support group in your area. The ones on the links above with Celiac Disease Foundation and Gluten Intolerance Group are the ones through their organizations. But they may be others out on their own. Shirley had to do that fro her area. And hers is still the only support group around her. Oh, how I wish I lived around hers. She always has great food at her meetings. So I have heard.)
So, that is my advice on how to make gluten-free living easy. Get support. (OK, I have typed the word support so many times; all I can think of are bras and pantyhose. Sheesh.) With the right support, it can be easy. When you have someone in your corner rooting for you, it is so much easier to succeed. (And break that inertia.)
And, don’t forget to check out the list below. There are some great ideas on how to do other things that will make being gluten-free easy.
The Entire Schedule:
Thursday May 5th Alta from Tasty Eats at Home sharing Make Your Own Convenience Foods
Friday May 6th Elana from Elana’s Pantry sharing Quick and Easy Gluten Free Cherry Vanilla Power Bars
Sunday May 8th Megan from Food Sensitivity Journal sharing Gluten Free Baking Undone: Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
Thursday May 12th Kim from Cook It Allergy Free sharing Eating from your Garden for Easy Gluten-Free Living
Saturday May 14th Brittany from Real Sustenance sharing Healthy Allergy-Free Quick Bread with easy flavor variations.
Friday May 20th Silvana from Silvana’s Kitchen sharing Everything I’ve Learned So Far about Gluten-Free plus my Dairy-Free Nutella Knockoff recipe!
Saturday May 21st Maggie from She Let Them Eat Cake sharing Easy Gluten-Free Living With Preschoolers and a Vanilla Cupcake recipe!
Sunday May 22nd Sea from Book of Yum sharing Easy Gluten Free Vegetarian Soy Free Breakfast Burritos
Wednesday May 25th Hallie from Daily Bites sharing Cooking by Color
Saturday May 28th Zoe from Z’s Cup of Tea sharing Feasting With Their Eyes: Food Packaging and Presentation For Kids
Sunday May 29th Kelly from The Spunky Coconut sharing Buying in bulk to save money, Cooking in bulk to save time.
Tuesday May 31st Naomi from Straight into Bed, Cakefree and Dried sharing how to prepare grains so they are more nutritious & digestible and create fluffier wholegrain baked goods!