Gluten Free / Celiac New Years 2014 Resolutions

Since I’m already 100% gluten-free, I decided to dig a little bit deeper into my New Year’s Resolutions for 2014. Although I’m eating right and doing what’s right for my belly – am I doing what’s right for my mind? This year’s resolutions focus on my mental health and helping to achieve life balance. In case you’re curious – here’s my resolutions for 2014.

Gluten Free in 2014

Gluten Free in 2014 – Image courtesy of GFCO 

1. Keep Fighting For Our Community

My first goal is to keep on truckin’ – to keep doing what I’m doing for the medically gluten-free community (celiac, gluten intolerance, etc.). We still need to educate – each other, our families, our friends, and the community at large. With ‘gluten-free’ in the news all the time, and consistently the butt of jokes. Apparently I don’t laugh enough at the jokes, but most of the time it’s not really a laughing matter. The world is largely uninformed about celiac disease and gluten intolerance. And I want to keep fighting for science and awareness.

1.5. But Stop Feeding the Trolls

However, that being said, I’ve been told too many times this year that I have a stick up my ass. I’m kind of tired of that. I also hate when I post on regular message boards and I get the dumbest most asinine responses from people who are obviously so dumb I shouldn’t even waste my time on them and/or people who are smart and understand science and gluten-free but just post stupid stuff to get proverbial panties in a twist. These people are considered trolls – those that just state the most annoying things ever and counter the arguments just because. I need to stop feeding them. I need to stop feeding them gluten-free cupcakes.

2. Diligent Label Reading

So I’m pretty great at reading labels, but I need to be a label reading superhero. I need to be more cognizant of “manufactured in the same facility” if I don’t trust the manufacturer. If I can’t find nuts that are certified gluten-free or are at least not made in the same facility, I need to skip the impulse purchase and buy them the right way. I can’t be scared of every label, but I can’t skip them either.

3. Celiac and the Beast book takeover 2014

I want everyone to read my book. Not just because I’d like to pay my bills in 2014, but because with your amazing feedback so far, it seems like it’s a pretty damn good book. I like it, you like it – and I’d like to share that love with others. I’d like others to laugh at celiac and feel like they’re not alone. I want them to read my book.

3.5. But Remember to Live My Life

That being said, I have to remember that besides being an author now, I’m also a human. I’m a woman. I’m a girlfriend. I’m a daughter. I’m an employee. I have a lot on my plate in life and I need to respect that. I need to live my life outside of Celiac and the Beast, and I hope you all respect that too.

4. Patience With The Uneducated

Dear God, please grant me the patience to deal with people who think gluten-free life is just a fad and don’t take celiac disease or gluten intolerance seriously. Because I need it.

5. Less Cookies More Fitness

I want to work out 5-6 days a week because that’s what my body needs to function efficiently. Especially since I’m 30. And I’m no longer 21 and I can’t eat cupcakes 24/7 and still fit in my pants. Plus, I need to take care of my body and treat it like how it deserves. I also need to rebuild my muscles from my two surgeries at the end of 2012 that I still haven’t really recovered from.

5.5 But Being Less Hard On Myself

However, I need donuts. I need donuts all the time. And I need to stop being hard on myself when I eat a donut. I only have one life and I need to enjoy it. I can’t spend all of my life obsessing about calories when a better measure is how I feel when I fuel my body with food. I’ll be thinking of you when I have my next lemon pistachio GF donut guys.

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Comments: 6

  1. Jen December 29, 2013 at 7:20 pm Reply

    My resolution is to try and eat more whole foods. My body has been getting sick with all the junk I eat, f2f of course but I feel better when I eat healthier so I am gonna try lol. Good luck girl!

    • Jen December 29, 2013 at 7:21 pm Reply

      Gluten free of course**

  2. Julie December 29, 2013 at 8:55 pm Reply

    Just let me know when you plan on stopping in so I can reserve your lemon pistachio doughnut! Also you should sell your books at the cafe! I have a shelf…

  3. Barb December 29, 2013 at 9:04 pm Reply

    I want to figure out all the words to stay away from in products for my hair and skin . I have a topical reaction, plus celiac, casein allergy, tree nut allergy and shellfish allergy. It’s hard to be diligent, but if I’m not, I’m sick. I was working out from March of last year until I broke my pinkie toe in August and lost 25 lbs. I’ve gained 6 back by making pumpkin muffins and cinnamon rolls, since Thanksgiving. I want to get back to my workout routine and eating less baked products.

  4. Casey December 31, 2013 at 1:13 pm Reply

    Great resolutions! Realistic but definitely inspiring as a way to start the new year off on the right foot! While I definitely want to be a better gluten free/celiac advocate and balance my health wants and needs, all I really am aiming for in 2014 is to be the healthiest and happiest celiac I can be!

  5. Jennifer January 4, 2014 at 6:40 am Reply

    Great post. 1.5-I am not Celiac and yet I love to try to help people understand it who have no clue what it is. They think it’s a fad diet or something. I own a company that makes Gluten Free sauces, spices and caramel corn. My mission is to tell people how to cook for people with Celiac’s disease and at least be prepared for it.

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