Food plays such an enormous part of holiday celebrations. Whether it’s Grandma’s sugar cookies, the well-meaning festive food gift from friends or the potluck luncheon at work we are surrounded by goodies this time of year. The onslaught of holiday treats is difficult for even the most “normal” digestive system to deal with. For us GPer’s it’s temptation and the aftermath of an “indiscretion” isn’t just mild indigestion or a few extra holiday pounds it can be some serious digestive upset…even a full-blown flare.
You all know my mantra: “Nothing tastes as good as being well feels!” and I sincerely believe this. Food has been the center of my Universe for most of my life. This is my first holiday season with GP and I’ve spent a great deal of time in my “bubble” as I like to call it..and I’m eating well and enjoying. Plus, life inside my own little “GP bubble” is easy. I don’t feel “freakish” or deprived or different in any way but life in “the bubble” isn’t very realistic…in fact it can be very limiting. Between GP and food allergies (because of the carrots, apples and soy I can’t even buy any of the prepared veggie/fruit/protein juices on the market), I’ve been cooking or preparing all my own meals and snacks, avoiding parties and get togethers and rarely eating out. Although it’s easy, the “GP bubble” isn’t the best long-term strategy for living the rest of my life with a chronic digestive disorder.
My biggest lesson this holiday season has been separating food from fun…in other words it’s possible to have fun without focusing on food. I’ve enjoyed decorating my wreathes, shopping for the children in my life, watching the amaryllis Hubby gave me grow, traveling around my neighborhood of antique houses at night enjoying all the lights and decorations and have a “Girls Night Out” to look forward to at new local sewing business this week. I’ll be brushing up on my sewing skills by making infinity scarves.
How are you filling the gap this season? What strategies have you employed to enjoy the holidays without focusing on food?