But I totally get where this thinking is coming from. I too look around at restaurants & markets, with all the chocolatey goodness on other peoples plates or in their shopping carts and instantly think, "It's not fair." I want to eat that. I want to indulge. The internal dialogue continues with, "Why do I have to eat bird food, instead of chocolate lava cake loaded in ice cream and whipped frosting?"
Living with food allergies or an autoimmune disease is not a lifestyle choice. Having your small intestine attack itself because of gluten ingestion, is not a dieting trend. It is not fun. It is not enjoyable and it does indeed feel isolating. You can't cheat like on Weight Watchers and subtract points from later in the week... Cheating with food allergies, your later in the week includes migraines, gastrointestinal misery, missed work and even a hospital visit. Doesn't that sound like fun?
I was recently working with a local Chef (who had little to no background knowledge in food allergies) on recipe development and after several frustrating meetings, the Chef stated to me, "Do you have any idea how much amazing foods you are missing out on?" If eyeballs could spew flames, this guy was going down.
Really? Gosh, I had absolutely no idea I was missing out on anything. Please, please fill me in.
Ahem... This is actually your cue to just stop talking, my man.
Sorry. I am complaining and getting sidetracked. We are approaching our five year anniversary with diagnosis and food changes in our home, but for some reason it feels like it getting harder instead of more simplified. Maybe it's because my kids are getting bigger and have begun traditional school. Maybe it's because they are now being invited to birthday parties and outings that I cannot attend with them. Maybe it's because my kids come home each afternoon and cry while telling me a story of how they were left out during snack time or a special project. Or maybe it's because I, myself wish to make it all go away and pretend this was indeed just some fad diet that we are no longer going to participate in. Who knows. I can't really tell anymore.
Maybe I need a review in gratitude and need to appreciate that we are now extremely healthy & medication free in our home. Appreciate that we haven't been in the hospital for over a year. Appreciate that my family is thriving. Be grateful that we have championed our diets and have been able to create super, amazing treats using alternative ingredients.
To me, complaining = resistance. I don't want to complain. I don't want to resist. I want to embrace this change with open arms and understand the gift that has been given to my family. This gift of health and hopeful longevity.
So after that long winded introduction, I give you.... this recipe for Raw Dessert Truffles. Enjoy :)