Small Victories

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I've been at my place of work for almost 7 years now and during this time there has been parties, potlucks, celebrations and "snack" day. Somehow someone would always seem offended when I would politely decline and more times than not I just gave in to avoid confrontation.

Recently I took a stand when I started my new health plan. I made everyone aware that there are foods that I just can not eat. Not just because they make me fat but because they make me sick. Since I've made my stand we've had a few celebrations. One was our anniversary and I fled because I kept being offered cake and champagne. The other was a celebration for someone who has been with the office for 20 years. I was forced to go to that one and stand by while people kept telling me I should eat and for me to repetitively tell them I can't eat soy, wheat or corn. It may look good and it may smell good...but I can not eat it. (sigh)

Yesterday I was told that they were providing lunch to a celebrate Admin Day. I politely asked the organizer what the lunch will be and he responded Subway. Which is healthy but not within my plan. Before I could say anything he told me he came up to find out if there was something he could order me from there since I could not eat bread. I was shocked! I mentioned that I can eat a chicken salad and he said he would take care of it! Wow...this has never happened before!

Today, I was able to enjoy the luncheon with everyone else with a nice Subway salad (gluten, corn, soy free!). Yes there was chips and cookies but this time no one pushed and insisted I have any. I laughed and talked with my co-workers and was overjoyed at the freedom of being allowed to be me.

I am sure there will be some pitfalls and mishaps until everyone I work with realizes this isn't a "diet" but a health choice. Still, it is a victory and a great beginning! emoticon

Acceptance. It is a simple thing but the greatest gift that can be given to a person.

Have a glorious day today!
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    It is so nice to read that people listened and RESPECTED the fact that you just cannot eat like they do. A friend found out his sister couldn't eat gluten and he changed his diet accordingly and discovered that his aches and pain diminished . He was a huge bread eater and now feels so much better being gluten free! Keep up the good work!!

    2982 days ago
  • BRANDY_6
    People do want to respect your life decisions sometimes they just don't know how! You have to fight for your way and they will eventually understand this isn't a fad, it is your chosen way of life! Great Job!!
    2991 days ago
    That's great you were able to actually enjoy a celebration without the people trying to get you to eat things that you can't emoticon
    You're doing wonderful, especially without giving in and taking that stand to let people know its about health and not a fad that comes and goes. emoticon
    2991 days ago
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