Happy 2009

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!

About Li

A writer, runner, and Gluten-Free Zealot, I’ve been helping others navigate the gluten-free lifestyle for many years. Life is meant to be enjoyed, and when you’re gluten-free, it’s even better!

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5 Responses to Happy 2009

  1. P. says:

    You’ve got three very good ideas there, all related, all affecting the others. I feel the fear, though, when you accept that you’ll no doubt get accidentally glutened. I don’t think this is a good solution, just accepting it.

    Instead, find a restaurant where you can talk to the chef ahead, go over things very carefully, and then use that restaurant over and over?? I have such a place here, where they take such amazing care of me it’s insane. And they can make lots of different stuff for me, so it doesn’t get tiring. The chef even says he enjoys the challenge of cooking for a coeliac. The entire staff understand it, and they’re fanatical about my food. If I want fries, they’ll get out a pot and put new oil into it for me. I can bring my GF soy sauce or pasta, and they’ll make my food close enough to everyone elses. They don’t use any cutting boards or common work surfaces, but get a clean platter out to use as a work surface for preparing my meal. They ‘get it.’ Find a place that gets it. Obviously it’ll have to be someplace really good, with a chef, but hey, if you’re only going to have a meal out once a month or two, splurge and make it the best meal imagineable.

    There are options that don’t include getting glutened. Please find them. THe other way is too dangerous.

  2. seamaiden says:

    Another idea for socializing with friends is turning yourself into the queen bee of dinner parties. I occasionally eat out with friends (usually at places with gluten-free menus), but an easier solution is to host friends at our house. I make risotto, some kind of protein, Bette Hagman’s french bread (which has become legendary) and basil dipping oil and everybody is happy. Of course sometimes I go crazier and make a bigger menu, but point is we can enjoy safe, delicious food together.

    And travel is super-possible. Definitely don’t hold back on that… If you can stay at a place with a small kitchen the restaurant issue becomes a moot point. You can even do a surprising amount with a tiny microwave and dorm fridge… Research gluten-free bakeries and restaurants before you go and you can have a great, gluten-free time!

    -Sea

  3. Lynn Barry says:

    It is understandable to be paranoid, who wants to feel like SH!# or take chances with their health?
    I did not test positive for celiacs but I sure get a consequence for not being good about what I ingest and then it is a setback and I feel like sh!# again and I felt like sh!# for years before I figured out that I can’t eat everything and anything.
    So, good luck and stick to salads (HOLD THE CROUTONS!) and baked potatoes those items make you feel like you are out to dinner and fairly safe bets.
    HUGS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  4. mjennings26 says:

    LLD,
    Thanks for a great post! Happy New Year!

    (Thanks so much also for the link love!)

    Melanie

  5. Li loves David says:

    P, Seamaiden, Lynn, and Mjennings26:

    Thank you all for the kind words and good ideas! I will do my control-freakish best to keep my expanding world safe from gluten, and will keep you posted as to how it goes.

    Here’s to getting out more in 2009…

    ~Li

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