When I first discovered that gluten was not my friend & I kicked it to the curb I was not prepared for the withdrawal from the sugar and yes even the gluten itself; I went through the mood swings, depression, crazy sugar cravings, stress and even my thyroid was going crazy until I learned how to balance my food properly to keep it from blowing up!
But the thing I feel was the hardest to cope with was the social aspect of gluten, (yes, there is one)!
Now that I no longer work in a coffee shop I can state my opinion on them!
You go to any coffee shop, what are you going to find?
People going to meet and drink coffee, then there are all those tempting little 400 calorie treats that have no nutritional value whatsoever!
Now the reason why I'm bringing up the coffee shop is because I would watch these people consume these products & over the course of a few months, look fatter and sicker!
Gluten is interwoven into our society so much that people are blinded by the glaze on the doughnuts!
But, when you try to tell them how bad it is for their overall health they just laugh and say "we're all going to die anyway so what's the point?
I don't know about you but I want to go out with a BANG not an exhausted whimper!
This is how I learned to cope with the mental stress of going gluten free, believe it or not. I watched the regular customers get even more unhealthy as the months went by, and as they deteriorated, I realized that I was actually going in the opposite direction, where once my hair was dry and brittle, it's now baby soft; the same goes for my skin, it's soft and smooth no more dry spots or rashes or pimples!😂
I also like to pay attention to what people put in their cart at the grocery store; you can always tell the healthy people from the unhealthy by doing this, the unhealthy ones are the ones that have the convenience foods with little to no fresh fruits, veggies or unprepared meat in their carts, they look, tired, drained even as they push their carts around looking at stuff they don't really need.
I really have to resist the urge to smack these people and tell them to wake up and stop poisoning themselves!
Then there are the healthy ones, they zoom all over the fresh produce section, never go into the processed food aisles, carrying a basket, not pushing a cart, they smell great, they look great and you can tell they are healthy by their glowing skin. Not only that, they are in and out of the grocery store in less than 30 minutes!
Basically what I'm saying is this; if you start to feel like giving up gluten is all for nothing, there are ways that you can look at society and remind yourself just why it is that you started feeling better after saying goodbye to gluten. There is also support either on or offline, if there is someone you know that recently went gluten free don't be afraid to talk to them about their experience!
Go to a coffee shop in the early evening, get yourself a coffee (not a flavored one it has gluten in it) sit in an area where you can see the whole shop, notice the difference between the patrons eating the baked goods and the ones that don't. Personally I have this pizza place that I like to go to, I'll sit down with my coffee and take a deep breath, it's like aromatherapy for me, I know I can't eat it any more but smelling it won't hurt me and I still have the fond memories of all the lasagne that I made over the years and I'm content with that.
Realize that the big food companies want you to eat this garbage for more than just one reason, not only do they make money, but your doctor makes money, the pharmaceutical companies make money, the government makes a killing ( although they won't admit it) they are all profiting from you eating the manufactured garbage that they load with sugar, salt, spices and yes, even chemicals to make it pleasing to your palate! Yet when you eat it, it makes you sick, so off you go to the doctor because you can't understand why you have no energy & you always have the runs, he in turn gives you a useless prescription for anti diarrhea meds which you take to the pharmacy to get filled and while your there get a few other over the counter meds because your kids have abdominal cramps every time subs are sold at school! Think of the government as the silent hypocrite, they tell you to eat healthy but realistically they don't care because if they did there would not be any fast food or coffee chains around!
Notice how many women are losing their hair? I do, I know it sounds weird but it's only because I was experiencing hair loss when I was eating gluten, since I stopped, my hair grew back (thank the gods) so that is another thing you can pay attention to on your next observation when you have to go out.
I could go on all day but I will save it for my next blog which is now going to be back on it's regular schedule of once a week!
Till next blog! Keep fighting the good fight!