If you are a celiac newbie reading this blog, listen up:
You’ve gotta have good boundaries.
That’s true for everyone, but it’s especially true for someone new to the celiac diet (or any other special diet). Take care of yourself. It’s time to stop pleasing mom, dad, grandparents, Aunt Jane, cousin Isabel, the waitress at the restaurant, your priest or rabbi, children’s friends’ parents or anyone else who kindly offers you food that you know you can’t eat. They don’t necessarily realize what’s best for you or even understand or care about your condition. That’s OK. You do.
When you are first diagnosed with celiac disease, you hope everyone will be nice. If they are, lucky you. If they are nice and understanding, even better. Be thankful and gracious, but watch out for vicious cycles of niceness.
Have confidence in what you know or intuit about the diet that makes sense for you, and stick to it calmly and graciously. Don’t fret or overly explain yourself. You know your body and what works, or if you don’t, say hello and get to know it.
If a food, cuisine or preparation makes you sick or just plain uncomfortable, it’s sayonara. Have a little farewell (or pity) party if you need to. Then pick yourself up and move on.
That’s my advice for today.