18. Expressing Feelings Constructively Might Help One Attain Gluten-Free Simplicity.
It is quite possible that most anyone with a Gluten allergy knows something about irritability, mood swings /changes, generally feeling awfulness etc…
Many times, in my earlier years in dealing with Celiac Disease, it was easier to be overwhelmed and so there were more than a few times that I was no fun to be around, especially during meals. And if you think about it, if you cannot be tolerated during meals, then you are likely to spend a lot of time alone.
I had lots of mixed emotions and confusion over tons of data, much of which was invalid, about my Celiac Disease and the required Gluten-Free Lifestyle. Scratch that… cause at that point, I didn’t even realize that I could get exposed with anything other than foods. These days I am beginning to wonder if my shampoo has gluten in it.
Anyway, I was (and still am sometimes) quite difficult to be with from time to time. It was probably at its worst peak about the time I felt like the world owed me an apology or something. Glad I am over that. I think…
Although it was probably just too simple to fathom at that time, over the years I have concluded that regardless of another person’s relation to my moment, they are NEVER (well maybe almost never) fully deserving of any sort of tongue lashing.
I have found that even though I tend to get irritable and fatigued more than anyone I know, if I express my feelings constructively and take steps to prevent any escalation of the negative energy, I feel much better in the long run.
So it really wasn’t difficult for me at first to realize what my feelings were about this situation. What was challenging, was learning how to deal with them constructively and how to express them in ways that do not leave any baggage over to be carried on the next day.