Gluten Free Mindset
Having a Gluten Free Mindset Can Help You Move On
Approaching the holidays, do you feel deprived? Do you think of all of the holdiay treats that you just can’t have anymore? STOP!
You need to change your mindset and your focus. Easy? It can be…if you want it to be….
Have you taken these steps on your gluten free journey? The steps that I am referring to are grieving steps. You need to have grieved for the loss of favorite foods, foods that at one point in time you might have had cravings for.
Check Out The Gluten Free Mindset Changers:
- Denial (Not me! They must be wrong….)
- Anger (anger at having those special foods taken away from you.
- Resignation (All right…it might be true that I can’t eat that anymore….sigh)
- Acceptance (How can I live with this? Let’s find a way)
I caution you to approach this differently,not with a heavy sigh and an air or martyrdom. If you don’t, you might find yourself sneaking the foods that harm you…don’t go there.
Change Your Self Talk Channel When I ate wheat/gluten, these are the symptoms that I had. Make the list!(you know the ones I am talking about!) This is how my body felt (draggy, tired, sick….) Remember, this is how my mind felt (foggy brain, stupor, etc.) Take a step back and remember. ALL the bad things about eating wheat. Make it bigger, intensify the nasty feeling. Make those memories giant size, until you get to the thought, the very, very, important thought….NEVER AGAIN….that’s right.
Now think about eating your previously favourite gluten laden goodie…it doesn’t feel great anymore, does it? If you still feel like you want to eat wheat, then you need to do the process again, making the memories of your previous negative experiences more intense, and faster. Take this process and repeat it until you get to the last straw, when you resolve that, no matter what, you will not knowingly consume gluten again.
Feeling Fabulous about the Food You CAN Feast on
When you think about eating gluten free food, imagine how good you will feel, the energy and vibrancy that will fill your body. When you eat the foods that are good for your body, you feel better, don’t you? Make that picture bright and full and intense and large. Use your imagination and think of the future, your future, complete with health and radiance. Feels good, doesn’t it?
And when you have that picture, take action and make the best of it! Search out resources on the web for gluten free recipes to replace your favourites Make flour mixes for cookies, freeze pastry dough Test before the holiday Enjoy!!
Pastries, shortbereads, stuffings that are gluten free are available to you if you are willing to put the work in and pool resources.You can have a baking day, bake ahead and freeze. Preparation is the key! Yes, cooking and baking gluten free might take more time and that’s okay. Leave deprivation in the past, where it belongs. Embrace your new life of health and vitality, make that future sing with possibilities! Because you are worth it.
About the Contributor:
Sherie Venner is a relationship and personal change coach. She realizes that the most important relationship is the one you have with yourself. She, and many members of her family, have dealt with celiac disease and the gluten free diet for the past 10 years. We are all thriving. Embracing change can be empowering! Catch her on her blog where she talks about relationships and change. http://www.sherievenner.com/
Nancy Olson’s Thoughts:
Having a gluten free mindset was an up and down roller coaster for me at first. I one day knew I needed to be 100% gluten free and I was but all the negitive thoughts could bring me down so fast. I would be angery at food companies and resturant for not understanding and anger is not something that we should deal a lot with a gluten free mindset once you understand the importance of mindset. I was struggeling to accept the disease because I felt like I was being punished, now I accually feel blessed that this is all it is. I have found this book to be very helpful as if you are craving a certain type food you can search and find what is safe to eat and not feel deprived on a gluten free diet.
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Gluten free can be really rewarding in many ways!