Time will always feel like a luxury, but that doesn’t mean that it is impossible to get ahead of the game. Preparation has been my best tool of surviving what some might deem the social awkwardness that comes along with a Celiac Disease diagnosis. With the onset of Wheat Belly fame, I have had a few people in my social circle come out and say that wheat doesn’t treat them so sweetly either. Their second confession is that they find it very difficult to eat wheat and gluten free, when a pastry and a traditional sandwich is always readily accessible. And to that I must say that preparation and planning goes a hell of a long way. Building up an arsenal of good clean eats, start small, it is a surefire way to keep your belly and body happy.
Gathering around food is natural occurrence, but sometimes life gets in the way. Slowing down and sitting at a set table filled with food and free of cellphones and televisions is an entirely different affair. As the weather gets colder and we lose daylight hours it’s that much easier to justify standing over the stove. During this month of movement I will be gathering with two lovely ladies to break bread. Finding a way to spoil each other with a meal and giving room to let out a healthy rant, or seek advice seems vital in a month filled with reflection and a retreat indoors. Inviting others into my space can quickly flush out loneliness and it is one way that I am strengthening my community in November.