Another year, another chance to start fresh. Or something like that.
I’m definitely one for new year’s resolutions. I don’t always write them down, but I always make them. Sometimes I even follow through with them. I usually never share them, but this year I want the world to know what I’m planning. Here are my Gluten-Free Resolutions for 2009:
1. I am responsible for my own health. No one else will take care of me; it is up to me to ensure I have safe and healthy food options. That means I will be the one to stock the freezer and the pantry. I will be the one staying up late baking so I can have safe food available. I will read the labels and decide what is safe. I will pack the food for a trip, and make sure I always have something with me to snack on. I will contact the host/manager/chef to see about possible options. I will make the decision to walk away if I don’t feel comfortable with the food. No one else is as interested in keeping me healthy as I am. And I will no longer be frustrated with others who don’t care about my health. Their lack of interest is their problem, not mine.
2. I will take more food related risks. In the past 2.5 years I have insulated myself from outside food. As a result, it’s been almost 2 years since I accidentally ingested gluten. I have also severely restricted my (and David’s) lifestyle. We no longer travel or eat out. And since most of our friends can’t seem to fathom being social without a meal involved, we’ve cut way back on our social network. (I mean c’mon people, what’s wrong with just drinks? Does there always have to be a f*#^ing restaurant involved?) Something has to change. That something is me. I am going to eat out more. I have promised David that I will eat out, in a restaurant, a minimum of 6 times in 2009. For the record, that’s twice what I did in 2008.
3. Because of resolution #2, I will probably get sick at least once, maybe more, from gluten this year. It will be awful. Not only will I have to suffer through the three days of immediate hell from contact with gluten, but I will have to endure the weeks of invisible damage to my intestines that occurs every time they are exposed to gluten. Each exposure raises my risk of associated illnesses, such as diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis, and many other horrible things. But in order to get my (and David’s) life back, I’m going to take the risk that I might get sick, and will deal with the consequences. And because of my proactive attitude (see resolution #1), I feel my chances are pretty good for staying healthy for the majority of the year. Knock wood.
Here’s wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year!