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Counting Your Blessings
December 21, 2011
“Yes, we can eat this…and this…and this…and this…”
Although each member of the Living Without team has different food issues, there’s one thing we have in common – we are all “glass-half-full” type of people - or at least we try to be.
We recently received an inquiry from a distraught mother. Her teenage daughter had just been diagnosed with celiac disease and the girl was moping about all the things she couldn't have. What would we advise?
This is a frequently asked question and any one of us would offer a similar response: Yes, it’s challenging at first - but tell her the glass is half full. There’s a whole world of delicious food out there and she’s going to feel great without having to take prescription medications.
Let’s go a step further. Let’s suggest that the mom tell her new celiac to start writing down all the things she can eat. How about taking her to the local supermarket, starting in the produce section. It’s huge, it's colorful, it's full of delicious, fresh food. Start here and list what you can make.
The same advice holds for many other food issues. Even if you go into “forbidden zones” - the bread section, the cereal aisle, the dairy case, for example – there are now many options that weren't available just a year or two ago. In supermarkets in metropolitan areas, there are now allergy-friendly items actually sitting on the shelves.
And if you’re willing to turn on the oven and dust off your measuring cups, there’s almost nothing you can’t make. You just have to be willing to make it a new way.
As we at Living Without count our blessing this holiday season, we are counting “our cans,” reminding ourselves that the glass is half full, not half empty.
What advice would you offer this mom?