It would be untrue to say you won’t find living gluten-free to be restrictive many times. It would be misleading to say that you’ll never encounter challenges in finding something you can eat because you will, and it will happen more times than you can count. However, when going on a gluten-free diet, adopting a perspective from the start that focuses on options and abundance will do more for your success and happiness than looking only at what you can’t have will do. Shifting to an abundant perspective despite the undeniable pockets of limitation and scarcity can be challenging indeed. But as many gluten-free diet pioneers will assert, modifying your perspective and opening your mind to different tastes and methods are a critical as well as enjoyable part of the journey.
To offer an analogy, consider the time-honored chocolate. You can find Hershey’s Chocolate everywhere in America. But let’s say, hypothetically speaking, you will never be able to eat the Hershey’s brand again. What will you do? To replace Hershey’s Chocolate, you’ll find yourself searching for options. And when you discover and delve into a variety of sumptuous chocolate brands from Europe, your options increase and your indulgence factor soars.
Ladies, this type of scenario is also all too familiar when your favorite shade of lipstick has been discontinued and you’re in search of a replacement. You typically find one you like even better, but may never have found that gorgeous shade had you not been forced into looking for it.
So, take a similar perspective with gluten. While gluten is indeed everywhere, when looking for other things to replace it, you’ll find that your eating options will only increase and your variety factor improves as well. You can now look at other food staples with a new-found sense of appreciation and fresh approach to incorporating them into your diet. You will discover ingredients that are “new” to you but that have, in fact, been enjoyed by civilizations for centuries.