I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – going gluten free is a lengthy process, as explained in my blog post, How I Broke Up With Gluten: The Five Stages of Grief. It takes a while to get used to and it involves more research than a senior thesis project. But, when you come to terms with the diet and finally stop getting hung up on your breadless plate, it’s an amazing feeling. It’s a defining moment in your post-gluten-filled life. It’s your gluten-free epiphany.
I remember my gluten-free epiphany. I was out to dinner at Carrabba’s because they have a gluten-free menu, so it was one of the only places I felt safe and had enough confidence to order. But, the downside to the restaurant was that although they had a gluten-free menu, the breadbasket on the table would still taunt me. The first 15 minutes of the meal when no one had their food yet, but they were able to enjoy dipping their bread in oil, was a sick reminder of the loss in my life. I would smell the fresh bread and watch as my friends tear pieces off and saturate them in seasoned olive oil as I sat there sipping on my Diet Coke.
My feelings of sadness were very strong when I watched people eat from the breadbasket when dining out. The intense, depressive thoughts I used to have are the reason why I knew the exact moment that I experienced my gluten-free epiphany, simply because I no longer felt them. I actually could go to Carrabba’s and not want to cry during the beginning of the meal anymore. No bread, no problem! I couldn’t believe that I no longer eyeballed the basket, secretly hating each and every person that took a slice.
It was truly amazing. I was free…gluten free! That was when I knew that this life sentence of sans gluten wasn’t all that bad. I was learning to live with it and be happy doing so.
When was your gluten-free epiphany? Are you still waiting for the moment to come?
Laura Hanley, known as G-Free Laura, has been gluten-free since 2009 and reviews products,restaurants, and writes aboutgluten-free experiences on her blog, www.gfreelaura.com.Laura’s passion for spreading g-free love has led her to become a Guest Blogger for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, writing bi-weekly reviews on the Gluten-Free Hot Products Blog. Visit Laura on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin, and Google +