Challenges make us grow.
I often tell new friends that my compounding health issues have become catalysts to live a healthier life. Celiac disease makes me aware of the types of food I eat and proper nutrition. Rheumatoid arthritis is more tolerable with routine exercise. And, my stress-triggered Steven Johnson Syndrome encourages me to be more mindful of self-care.
There are many, many lessons to learn if we listen to our bodies. Today I’m sharing a piece written by a friend who has also found positives to being diagnosed with celiac disease. Enjoy!
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The old cliché says when life throws you lemons, you should make lemonade. That ability to find the positives from tough life challenges is something that can bring huge improvements to anyone’s life. This is especially true when you’re celiac.
Being celiac isn’t easy but, oddly, those restrictions and obstacles can be used to promote better lifestyle habits. Here are three lessons I’ve discovered at least in part to having celiac. Hopefully, they can help you too – regardless of whether you have digestive issues or not.
I Do More Healthy, Home Cooking
As a celiac, cooking meals from scratch is almost a necessity to avoid getting glutened. While the supermarkets do provide a better selection of gluten-free options than ever before, making food at home is the only way to be 100 percent safe. Besides, it’s often far more cost-effective.
Home cooking can be a lot of fun and I don’t have to give up my favorite foods. For example, I’ve been using the Yogurt Nerd to make homemade yogurt for breakfast and snacks. I know exactly what ingredients I put in the machine, so I know the homemade yogurt is gluten-free, unlike some store-bought varieties. Experimenting in the kitchen has also given me the confidence to start growing my own garden, which means I’m eating more fresh produce.
I Enjoy Exercising My Body & Mind
Most people want to stay fit. Aside from providing an increase in energy, it can boost your body image. As a celiac, it’s a way to help my digestive system work properly. However, the one thing I’ve noticed is that physical activities can also promote a healthy mind too.
Inviting friends and family to my workouts or sporting activities is always a great option to boost my mood, while yoga is another firm favorite. Apart from anything else, a strong mindset will allow you to set health goals and achieve more from those workouts.
On a separate note, brain training can bring benefits that extend to other parts of your life. For me, that means issues directly linked to the gluten intolerance like brain fog and fatigue.
I’m Being Grateful More Often
Have I ever had moments of feeling sorry for myself? Of course. Deep down, though, I can appreciate that my afflictions aren’t anywhere near as troublesome as the problems that many others have. Frankly, putting things into perspective is one of the best things you’ll ever do.
Everyone has their own health issues. So, despite the limitations caused by gluten intolerance, I’d rather have this issue than many of those others. I can still eat well and, more importantly, can still enjoy the things I like with the people I love. I am grateful.
If you’re ever feeling down due to your condition, celiac or otherwise, try to focus on those positive aspects. Once you control the health issue rather than let it control you, you’ll naturally see the world in a brighter fashion. If you can be happy, you’re winning at life.
Such wise advice from a fellow celiac! I too am making healthier choices in the kitchen, schedule time to exercise, have learned that mental health requires daily attention and find gratitude in the small things because you never know what your health will bring each day when you have an autoimmune issue like celiac disease. I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you’d like to get an email notification each time a new post is published here on the blog, you can subscribe HERE.
Until next time,
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