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I just got home from a birthday party for my best friend’s son. Gabe turns 2 this week. He’s a tiny thing with a shock of white-blonde hair and a wide-mouth smile. We celebrated at the playground with hot dogs, s’mores, watermelon, and an awesome cake with whipped icing and a monster truck. My kids were in heaven. Julia ate a s’more before anything else. Max had icing in his ear. On the other hand, I had an internal pity party because I couldn’t enjoy the party foods with the same kind of enthusiasm as my children or even in the same way I would have last month.
It’s awful, isn’t it? I have this sentimental connection to food that has typically dictated how or what I ate. And I’m so emotionally invested in my food, that I do feel disappointment or sadness when I deny myself. And it’s not even that I want the super-sized corner slice of cake dripping with frosting. My habits are healthier than they ever have been, but still would’ve loved to celebrate sweet Gabe with a sliver of gluten-filled goodness.
At the party, I tried to focus on other things instead. I had my camera there, and I took photos of the singing and candle-blowing. I sat next to the birthday boy and showed him that his new monster truck could easily drive over plain old Hot Wheels. I talked with other parents and ate some watermelon. And the moment passed. My pity party ended as quickly and as quietly as it began. And I was left realizing something: I need to let go.
“Just Let Go.” It is my new mantra for these 30 days. If I can learn to let go of my expectations, if I can see around my emotional connections to all things wheat than I can be successfully gluten free. Learning to be gluten free is an opportunity to grow and change and, most importantly, be healthy. If I can just let go of the things that I want, then I can see what I really need. And when I give my body what I need, then I will be healthy.
Say it with me, “Just let go.”
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