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5 Thoughts For Celiacs

I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2002, so I get the frustration. But, I’m writing because I’ve read one too many posts about people feeling bad for themselves for having celiac disease. It can definitely be a bummer at times, but what can we do to not make it feel that way?

  • Be strong: don’t give in to temptations. Your health isn’t worth the crappy calories in that typical American diet dish anyway.
  • Be confident: who cares what anyone thinks. If you walk into a situation without a single care about having to eat a certain way, no one else will care either. Adapt the attitude that you’ve made the choice to follow a gluten-free diet, because you did. Yes, it’s been recommended by a doctor due to having celiac disease, but ultimately you made the choice to take care of your body.
  • Be Proud: do you know how many people are prescribed a certain diet, whether they are diabetic, have heart disease, etc… and ignore those sugesstions, paying a price for it later? A LOT! Be proud knowing that what you are putting into your body, is not damaging your condition further.
  • Be a Vegan: You don’t have to literally be a vegan, but that attitiude that we plant-based foodies have is indisputable. We’ve definitely gotten some criticisim for going plant-based, but in the end all data shows that plants do absolutely no harm to the body and actually protects against various cancers, diabetes, and heart disease, unlike dairy & meat products. Adapt that same attititude for being a Celiac. Data proves that maintaining a completely gluten-free diet heals the intestine and eliminates symptoms. Why would you do anything different?
  • Be Empowered: Take control of this gift to bring health to your body. Own it. The minute you take ownership and dive into making your body your temple, is when everything else will fall right into place.

Here is a picture of my latest and favorite recipe. I’m plant-powered so, this was made only with plants. Organic, Gluten-Free & Plant-Based Pizza: Chickpea crust made with chickpeas and a little millet flour, and spices. Toppings: homemade tomato sauce, homemade pesto, red peppers, mushrooms, spinach, olives, squash. People who loved it: my husband, my 6 year-old and my almost 3 year-old, and ME!

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Lead by Example

As parents, I think we sometimes forget that we are the best example for our children. They come into this world knowing nothing. They pretty much grow and learn from us and the experiences we give them.

Last year, while living in San Francisco, I felt that as a family we were good examples for our children, but we had some work to do. The stress of living in a big, busy city, i.e. crowded playgrounds, cramped houses, little neighborhood playing, growing homeless population, and increasing expenses (just to name a few) added a great deal of stress to our lives and in turn, our children’s lives too.

Upon moving to Portland, OR, our lives finally felt manageable and healthy. Stress became nearly non-existant, which made everything else easy and fun. Due to the family-centered neighborhood we live in not only can my husband and I enjoy our running but our boys can safely bike, scooter, walk, and eventually run all around the area.

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Cooking meals together was hassle in our old home and now we all make meals together, most days. Earlier in the day, my two boys were “fighting” over cauliflower and this evening they were doing the same over brussel sprouts. Given the pace we were living in SF, those types of fresh vegetables weren’t typically around and now they always are. I made the cauliflower for lunch and my husband made the brussel sprouts for dinner. We both loved what we were making and that love encouraged our kids to eat it too.

Right after dinner, tonight, my almost three year-old wanted to walk on his hands and do a hand stand. As a compromise (since he doesn’t have any gymnastics training yet), we did wheelbarrow around the house, from room to room, multiple times. I imagine that seeing me train my clients in bear crawls, down dog shoulder presses, and all the fun, crazy body weight exercises, encouraged my little guy to experiment with his own body too.

Not only does being an example of healthy behaviors translate to our children, but so does our moods, the way we communicate with one another, expressing our likes and dislikes, our reading, TV, computer, and phone behaviors do as well.

Our Examples:

  • making healthy smoothies together in the morning
  • our daily running
  • oohing and ahhing over fresh fruits and vegetables
  • giving loving smiles to each other throughout the day
  • making donations
  • taking care of our bodies
  • taking a breath or meditating when we need it
  • each person takes a part in making meals and snacks

What do you do to be the example to your kids?  I’d love to read it below.

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