Way #38: Move beyond the fear that your “food world” is NOW severely limited on your way to Gluten-Free Simplicity.
OK.. I know… I can’t stand it when someone tells me, “You can’t do that any more.” Oh.. I get soooo upset at that sometimes.
So for me when it came to the Doctor’s Gluten speech. I had lots of emotional reactions. Even for years following my diagnosis. Did you?
I can admit it… YES, sometimes I got issues with authority. Even if their rulings are really in my own best interest… How bout you? If you did could you admit it? I get even more riled up when it is regarding something I love and I am used to like Cakes, lots of bread with every meal etc… That’s not to mention those hidden sources of Gluten. And in short, this resistance leads to lots of self-destruction for me.
Allowing anyone (especially an Authority Figure) tell me “NO MORE” of anything, is hard for me to do. But once I admitted this to myself, I could more readily reverse my self-destructive tendencies — and my perverse need to spite the authorities.
Then, I could start to heal.
It is frustrating though, with or without authority issues… to be told you cannot do this or your can no longer eat that. Yes it is! And at the moment it may seem like ones world has now been severely limited.
But I found that when I opened my mind, and I got real curious about other cultures that were NOT necessarily wheat-based there was hope. Particularly cultures with in climates other than U.S. climates, I found cuisines (e.g., Mexican, Asian, Indian etc…) that I could enjoy, with lots of choices.
I had to admit to myself that there is a whole world out there. This world is full of great food ideas. And sooo sooo soooooo many of them are naturally Gluten-Free.
I just had to let go of the resistance and get on a more open-minded pathway.
I started to experiment a lot and I found that there are bountiful options available to me. Sure, there are always the various newly developed wheat-substitute/fake items. And I praise those kitchen adventurers who are seeking to make items that used to be made with wheat — without wheat. More power to them! I do that too.
But as I let go of trying to replicate U.S.-type wheat-based items (like Wonder Bread, Cheerios or Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup). And I have to say again, “those gals and guys who work hard in their kitchens to replicate typically gluten-filled foods without Gluten are angels — they really are”. But my kitchen ain’t got one of them these days. So I got to find alternatives.
I started to explore other cultures. And I was truly learning — not just about food either!!!
As the Gluten-Free Girl will tell you, there is a life beyond Wonder Bread — even though I really did love that stuff.
Try new foods. Try new cultures. Think about climate and how it effects food choices. Think about centuries of climate influencing food choices and the unlimited bounty of cuisine choices that can create.
I tried to let go of those boundaries that kept me within a certain mindset of what is -, and is not NORMAL food.
Give it a shot. You might discover a whole new world.
* Helpful Hint/Notes:
- This article in Wikipedia about Staple Foods and this one on Tradiational Diets and Culture might be helpful.
- Also check out the various hyperlinks in this article in order to learn more.