In Japanese the character for “crisis” and “opportunity” are the same, depending on how you chose to interpret it.
That’s an amazing metaphor.
I remember going through the diagnosis process for celiac disease and all the emotions that inevitably came with it. Shock, dread, sinking reality, optimism, hope, the list goes on. Can you relate? It’s a heavy diagnosis with lifelong consequences.
But once we got through the dark clouds of those first few weeks and started to figure things out, we realized the “opportunities” that came with this “crisis”.
Here is a list of three good reasons to love having celiac disease or a gluten intolerance. Like with anything in life, choosing to look at things with a positive outlook can make all the difference.
1.Your life becomes simplified.
With fewer food items to choose from, living gluten free streamlines your meal planning, shopping and decision making around food.
For example, shopping at the grocery store becomes quicker. Why is that? Simply due to the fact that at least 60% of the items are off limits now. Fewer options = fewer decisions = faster grocery shopping. Stick to the perimeter of the store where the produce, dairy products, eggs, meat products are and duck into the isles for other basics.
We make on average 100 decision about food everyday.
Living gluten free makes those decisions a lot easier. You don’t have to wrestle with whether or not to indulge in the doughnuts or cookies a coworker put on the coffee room table.
2. It becomes easier to eat healthy.
Fortunately, eating gluten free eliminates a lot of processed food options and fast food restaurants. They just aren’t even an option anymore. Chances of you bringing along your lunch on a road trip are far greater now instead of stopping in at a fast food joint for lunch. Feeling sad about that? Your body sure doesn’t! Instead of feeling terrible for the rest of your road trip, you will maintain a happy tummy.
Many people go back to the basics of cooking and take the opportunity to brush up their skills in the kitchen.
A lot of basic raw ingredients are naturally gluten free and the types of food you can make is unlimited. Many different cuisines from around the world feature recipes that are naturally gluten free. Seize the opportunity to learn some new healthy recipes!
3. Celiac disease and gluten intolerance are actually TREATABLE with lifestyle.
Eat gluten free and your body will heal. This is amazing and rare as most diseases require medication, surgery or other treatments that may be only partially effective and become less so with time. I remember a doctor saying once “You are actually lucky you have celiac disease instead of…(list of other gastrointestinal diseases)” he said,
“At least you can do something about it.”
Remember how terrible you felt before you started your gluten free journey? Or maybe you didn’t realize how terrible you felt until you started feeling better. The majority of people report amazing symptom relief within as little as a few days with other symptoms taking a bit longer. What an amazing feeling it is to know you have control over the solution to your problem.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. – Andy Warhol