Yesterday, I happened to walk by many delicious looking gluten baked goods at Trader Joe’s. I said to my daughter, “I am glad they are not gluten free”. She was shocked and asked why. I said, “if they were gluten free, I would be tempted to buy them and eat too many sweets”. I think that this is the first time I ever said I was glad something was not gluten free. It really got me thinking and here is the result - a list about the positive things about having celiac disease. Please share your comments and share this list!
1. Your health is better!
2. You helped improve the health of other people by telling family members, friends, coworkers, and doctors about the importance of testing for celiac disease.
3. You don’t need medicine or surgery to treat your disease.
4. You don’t have to share your food. This is from the video of Dominick Cura’s fourth grade presentation.
5. You save money by not impulsively buying sweets, by not impulsively eating out, and by not buying your lunch daily.
6. Since you read labels, you have a better idea of the nutritional facts and ingredients of the foods you eat and can make more informed choices.
7. You appreciate the small things in life and find joy in them like new good gluten free foods, the mention of gluten free or celiac on a television show, gluten free lists of foods and medicines, and an informative blog post or review. (Yes, these are big things to celiacs, but they are still small things in the big picture of life.)
8. You eat healthier at home when you don’t feel like driving far to eat out or buy gluten free convenience foods.
9. You have something to blog about.
10. You participate in amazing internet networking with other celiacs and have an instant bond with them.