What’s Your Wheat?

Posted on: Nov 05, 2013

Categories: Celiac Disease

There’s a difference between your resume and your real-sume. The resume is the one you talk about and show off, but your real-sume is the list of everything about you and the things you’ve done that make you who you really are today.

If you’re not familiar with my real-sume, then you should know that one thing on it is Celiac Disease. I grew up in and out of the hospital as doctors worked to figure out what was wrong with me, but it wasn’t until I was 16 that they finally diagnosed me.

Celiac Disease is an intolerance to gluten, and what that really means is I can’t eat or drink bread, beer, pasta, beer, pizza, beer, or anything else that contains flour, wheat, rye, or oats. Ever. Did I mention beer?

When I found out that I had Celiac Disease, I had to make a choice. I could make my disease the topic of conversation at every single meal for the rest of my life and constantly battle with my restricted diet, or I could live optimistically, viewing it as a chance to live healthy, to make wise food choices, and to get better acquainted with restaurant chefs.

The choice was simple for me. I chose to Live the Dream and to live optimistically because to me the choice wasn’t between eating pizza and not eating pizza: it was a choice between being excited about life versus being constantly hospitalized.

My choice not to eat wheat and to start Living the Dream has drastically changed my life for the better. Cake doesn’t even look good to me anymore because I’m too busy enjoying every minute of my new life.

What’s your wheat?

What’s the one thing in your life right now that if you could stop doing or saying about yourself, your life would dramatically change for the better?

Don’t wait until you’re on a trip to the hospital or someone you care about walks out of your life forever to rewrite your script: let this post initiate the change you need to make today. Identify your wheat and write it out of your show forever.

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