Being told by a doctor that you have to follow a gluten-free diet for the rest of your life is not necessarily the type of news that results in joy. In fact, it’s quite a natural response to be angry. You may ask “Why me?” or even blame your family tree for the harsh hand with which you’ve been dealt. Thoughts of what you can no longer eat may seem all pervasive in the beginning, and the hungry, craving stomach rules the mind and emotions. But as healing quickly begins and continues, the mind begins to take control and the stomach eventually follows.
From the beginning, make the choice not to become angry and be determined to be satisfied. Your relationship with food is going to change forever and you have two choices: You can let the restrictive nature of the diet control your life, or you can become proactive and find the abundance and fun in gluten-free living. You get what you focus on.
From the start, actively replace gluten-based foods you used to enjoy with gluten-free versions where possible. The sooner you start experimenting with and enjoying the options available to you, the sooner you’ll learn to accept and enjoy them.
Being thankful that you found out now rather than later can move you to the acceptance stage quicker. Feeling better without gluten is a reward that gives you the opportunity to broaden your eating experiences, one you may not have taken otherwise.
Things could be worse. The cure for celiac disease or gluten intolerance, despite its life changing course, is not about giving up food! You’re simply eating different foods, many of which will be new and wonderfully pleasing to you.
A gluten-free diet is considered one of the healthiest diets around. This is an opportunity to make nutritional improvements in your life beyond removing the gluten.
If you like to bake, this is an opportunity to broaden your skills and have fun in adopting new approaches to the art of baking.