Living a gluten-free lifestyle is about so much more than just managing the food and health issues, yet I’ve always stuck to recipes and medical information here on my blog. I suppose that’s due to the fact that I’m still in the process of my own spiritual healing and my blog has been my escape from the emotions that still have the power to overcome me from time to time.
If I’ve learned anything from my amazing gluten free friends on Facebook though, it’s that talking with others who face similar challenges is extremely cathartic. I love the diverse conversations we get going and I always walk away with a new perspective which allows me to better handle the daily challenges I face. When I find myself feeling isolated in my real life (usually during mixed social situations), I often think of the people in my online community and those feelings of loneliness quickly fade.
I am not alone.
And neither are you.
I receive numerous emails everyday from my readers asking all sorts of questions about what it’s really like living my gluten-free life. I even get questions that have nothing to do with being gluten-free (a great reminder that there is so much more to life than just the food we eat). In fact, that is the hurdle I’ve spent the past few years trying to overcome, changing my mindset over to “Eat to Live” instead of the other way around. Not an easy task given the food centric world we live in (and especially when you’re approaching middle age!).
The questions I get expand a broad range of topics and because I often get the same question(s) from many different people, I presume that others may be curious as well. Questions like:
- What is a Glutadoodle?
- Do you actually enjoy being gluten-free as much as you say you do?
- Are there any gluten foods you still miss?
- Have you thought about seeking professional help for your little “goldfish problem”?
- How did you lose over 80 lbs since going gluten-free ?
- How did you get your husband on board?
- Do your dietary and health issues ever put a strain on your marriage?
- Team Edward or Team Jacob? (Team Edward!)
- How did you overcome 3 years of cheating and denial after your celiac diagnosis?
- Do you ever cheat on your other dietary exclusions (dairy, grains, sugar, etc.)?
- Is your extended family supportive?
- Why did you decide to fly to California to see Dr. Vikki Petersen?
- What supplements do you take?
- What the heck is up with your hair?
So, I thought I would begin a new segment here at Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom, where I will try my best to answer all your burning questions (including those above). Hopefully, this can be a launching pad for continued conversation, which I truly believe is one of the most critical components of the healing process.
Just remember, I am not a doctor and I’m certainly no Martha Stewart. I am just a regular gal trying to make sense of my health and my life, while trying my darnedest to give my kids a much better shot at good health than I had. While none of it has been easy, this has been the greatest journey of my life thus far, one that I am more than happy to share with you.
Have a question that you’d like my personal take on?
Send your question(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my best to answer them in an upcoming blog post!
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