My Mantra

Sometimes things are really hard for me still – even years after going gluten-free. I still struggle on a weekly basis – some weeks are better than others, some days are better than others. But I can’t keep feeling sorry for myself and I can’t keep crying over spilled milk (and crumbs of gluten). Sooner or later I have to embrace this life-long lifestyle change. This is who I am now, and I’m deciding to take the high road. I’m deciding to be proud. So when days get tough, I’m going to try to stay positive. I came up with my new mantra to keep in mind when the going gets tough and wheaty.

I never want my illness to define me, but since it’s with me forever – I’ve learned to live with it, and embrace it. It’s always a positive point of conversation – about the power of being healthy and the power of food. I’m allowing Celiac to make me a more interesting person – not a burden, and no longer the “sick” girl. I am an advocate, not a victim. Some days get me down, but days like today I feel proud that I’m taking control of my body.

What’s your mantra? What do you say to yourself to get through the hard times?

Comments: 2

  1. Summer July 16, 2012 at 2:12 am Reply

    My disease(s) control my life, but my ability to enjoy life. I take them a challenge to find new, interesting ways to explore the world & food, and speak up for those who can’t for themselves!

    Great mantra sweetie! I agree some days are just HARD, but having something to focus towards is a big help!

  2. Chrissy July 22, 2012 at 8:22 am Reply

    For years I let Celiac control me, until recently, I am in control of my body.

    I have good days, horrible days, days where I want to burn this son of a wheat eating disease, and have a pity party for one. I had my little “Celiac bloat” at dinner last night and wanted to crawl under the table and beat the crap out of my gut & say “Can I just have ONE night out without you acting up”. Times like that I wonder why I even bothered going out in the first place.

    But what helps me is that there are SEVERAL others out there like myself. 🙂 Knowing that others understand what I deal with helps a great deal.

    Before when people asked “So what do you eat”, I would say “pretty much nothing” Now my response is I am eating healthier than before.

    My mantra : I didn’t pick this Celiac, this Celiac picked me… 🙂

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