Yes. You are now on a dietary lifestyle that restricts you from indulging in the finer foods, or should I say, the more delicious foods that we probably shouldn’t eat anyway. You call yourself “Gluten Free”. You have labeled yourself for the whole world to know that you cannot eat certain things. You are known as the friend that is difficult to go out to eat with. You have convinced yourself that life, as you know it with food, is over. And you are now miserable.
The truth is that the food you eat does not make you who you are as a person. We all know the old saying, “You are what you eat.” So…consider yourself healthy. As difficult as it may seem to go out to a restaurant that doesn’t have a gluten free menu, it is even more difficult for you to go through life explaining yourself to everyone you meet. There is no reason to have a conversation, every time you go out with friends, family, or new people you meet, about how your gut is all backed up, or how you get major migraines, or how your skin is saturated with a rash. Could you imagine that being your dinner conversation all the time? Is that who you want to be?
Food is defined as “any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink, or that plants absorb, in order to maintain life and growth.” Food does not make you who you are! You make you who you are…and who you want to be. If you choose to be healthy, then that’s who you are. If you choose to be toxic, and negative about everything and everyone around you, then that’s who you are choosing to be. Food has nothing to do with attitude. It’s all in your head. Granted, when we eat healthy, we feel better…just think of the feeling you have after Thanksgiving dinner.
Food is something we typically relate to being social. There are dinner parties, in-home “girl’s night out” parties, Super Bowl parties, date night’s with your spouse and birthday dinners with family. Without food, these events wouldn’t happen, or at least, the eating part wouldn’t happen. We get together for holidays and plan the menu days, weeks, and sometimes months in advance. Entertaining brings us together, and food is the glue, according to Martha Stewart. Is it fair to say that without food, you wouldn’t have fun with your friends or family? If you were to cook strictly gluten free for your dinner parries and holidays, do you think others would be disappointed and leave? I would like to think they wouldn’t, just to be decent, kind human beings. The food you make is not related to the amount of laughs and good time you have.
So, does food really define you? Maybe it does. Just don’t let the belief of being gluten free negatively define you as a person. Making the decision to change your dietary lifestyle to get healthy was a tough, brave choice. Instead of seeing yourself as the difficult one, see yourself as the strong, brave eater you decided to be!
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