Family Ties – Dietary Expectations

How many of you were in a situation where you felt obligated to rest on your laurels and take the path of least resistance this year by giving into those delicious gluten filled dressing balls? I did! Luckily, my sensitivity is low enough to where I have the capability to do this. However I know some of you all are not in a position to oblige to such an offering and have to stay strong enough to resist the temptation.

This year our cousin, Ricky, was staying with the family over Thanksgiving – he does not hold back over the holidays. He works full time for a roofing company in Jupiter, FL, we rarely get to see him given his hectic schedule. Ricky is gluten intolerant and has been so pretty much his entire life. Over the years he has been a very strict vegetable eater and even dabbing in the raw food movement for a while. It is nice to have someone in the family who appreciates the gluten-free diet that I promote, however his take on the lifestyle part is a bit different.

To begin with he does not really see my perspective of living a new “lifestyle” while living a gluten-free life. He doesn’t think that by taking gluten from your diet you can somehow be propelled to new heights in your missions and goals in life. I asked him, “How does he think a gluten-free lifestyles has effected his roofing abilities”? He laughed out loud hysterically and said “zip”! Of course, his reaction was predicted. Ricky is one of your typical hard nosed construction types that likes to poke fun at people in the health industry, even though it is light hearted. Ricky is the guy who can make a decision and follow through with it immediately without of second guessing anything. I commend him on his ability to do successfully do this. Ricky if you are reading this, “I commend you, sir”

So Ricky and I were the only gluten-free outsiders at our Thanksgiving party this year and it will probably be the same for the next, and the next. Not everyone is as lucky as I to have a comrade alongside them. any people have to battle it out with family members on why they should have gluten-free options at dinner party’s let alone family gatherings. I would go as far as to say, if your family decides to be reluctant to provide such necessities at Thanksgiving, or any other event, please do yourself a favor and pass on it. There is no need to become belittled in a group setting become of biological reasons completely out of your control.

Stay Calm, and Carry On!

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