We all have the story that defines who we are. The moment where we really figure out what we need to do in order to thrive in this thing called life. And little do we know that the people in our life, past and present, play key roles in that. It wasn’t until I was in full out tears in my backyard watching my children play that I knew what I needed to do.
When I looked back on my past and the people I met, I realized there was a reason why I met a certain person at a turning point in my life. I began teaching and met a woman who would play a significant role…without her realizing it, and without knowing that her disease would impact me in a huge way. Being in my early 20’s, and having had 4 colonoscopies, I was diagnosed with colitis. That meant that I would experience pain from inflammation in my colon, unless I made some major changes. According to my doctor, I would need to be on medication for the rest of my life. I refused. I was too young to start a daily supply of meds that would debilitate me, in a sense. Medication, to me, was just a bandaid. I needed a solution.
As I sat in my backyard watching my children play on their swing set, full out crying from being in so much pain, I made a decision that I never thought I would make. I decided to go gluten free for a month. And that was it. After that month, I realized that the way I felt being gluten free, which was amazing, was the way i wanted to feel all the time. So, that was it. I was a proclaimed gluten free thriver. I had looked into being tested for Celiac Disease, however when they told me that I would need to eat food with gluten in it for a month, I laughed in their faces and ran out of the office. And never looked back
And here I am. Almost 9 years later fully thriving and enjoying food in so many ways. Creating delicious meals and recipes that help me feel good, and allow me to treat every now and then. You see, it was a choice I made on my own, and not a punishment. That’s just what my message is. I want people that are just being diagnosed as having Celiac disease, or people that found they are gluten intolerant, to know that they are not alone. That they have choices and they don’t need to punish themselves for the changes they need to make. I knew that the girl I met when teaching years ago had really taught me a lesson I needed to know. Maybe not at the time, but down the road and around a few corners.
That’s what todays talk is about…understanding who you are as a gluten free thriver, and how being gluten free is a choice, and not a punishment.