This SHOULD NOT Happen to you!
Are you feeling deprived?
. . . especially watching others eat delicious foods you can no longer enjoy?
Oh, this should not happen to anyone!
Yet, I am sure that anyone living with a food allergy will often feel this. Many people following a gluten-free lifestyle share that they feel deprived.
Truth be told . . . many of us do feel deprived at the beginning of our gluten-free journey. There are many foods we can no longer eat. We’ve just given up a lot in a very quick matter of time. I remember truly feeling bad about watching others eat pizza when I started my gluten-free life. The feelings are real – as we grow into this gluten-free lifestyle things will change for the better.
Watch your mindset!
These feelings are really about our mindset. At the beginning of following a gluten-free life we all go through a big loss. It can certainly feel like a time of mourning. There’s so much to give up, so much to learn and so much uncertainty.
We feel there’s nothing left to eat – and clearly want our old favorites!
No matter what your allergy – these feelings are normal. It definitely gets better with time. But, realize that we do have delicious, nutritious satisfying gluten-free foods we can eat.
It may not feel that way in the beginning but you will soon see this truth.
Eventually it all falls into place.
We learn. We do what we need to do. We find what works for us. We continue to move forward.
Once your body starts to feel fabulous – no more reacting to foods, no more bloating, no more gas, no more pain . . . you can start to look at food differently.
Moving forward . . .
As much as I miss certain foods, I am not craving them as I did in the past. I certainly had a lot of feelings of deprivation at the beginning of my gluten-free life. Now, my body knows how I will feel by eating those foods and it’s just not worth it. That alone typically takes away any feelings of deprivation.
Work through your mindset at the beginning of, and sometimes through, your journey. You will get there! Then, you just might have to be a little creative.
Another truth . . . I can tell you that living gluten-free is not about deprivation at all.
Believe me – I love to eat – to enjoy foods – to create meals and delicious treats. You can create just about any meal, treat or delicious idea into a gluten-free dish. Get in your kitchen and give it a try.
There are so many wonderful foods out there to eat and enjoy! Work through your mindset, especially at the beginning of your journey. You will get there!
Then, you just might have to be a little creative.
Check out some books from the library or pick some up at your local bookstore. Gather ideas! Grab your favorite recipes and work on turning them into your new gluten-free treasures.
Don’t like to cook? Browse the grocery store and you will find many gluten-free foods that can substitute for your favorites you have given up.
If you are craving something you can no longer eat, find a substitute gluten-free recipe or create it yourself.
Get into your kitchen and have some fun!
(or go shopping!)
Turn those feelings into satisfaction by
finding the delicious foods you can eat and enjoy!
You can do this!
**Leave me a comment and let me know how you are feeling on your gluten-free journey!
Can you create the substitutes for what’s making you are feel deprived?
PS – All the food here is gluten-free! No deprivation!