Choosing a gluten-free diet is popular right now, even among people who do not have an allergy to gluten and consequently, Celiac disease. Gwyneth Paltrow admits that she is not allergic to gluten, but has stated that she feels better eating gluten-free. “Cupcake Wars” contestants have included owners of gluten-free bakeries, suggesting that eating gluten-free is bigger and bigger business. Even more convincing is that product labels now carry the words “gluten free” prominently, making it easier for consumers to choose wisely.
I have cerebral palsy. This is a neurological impairment that affects my motor skills and speech center. I have a speech impairment and use a powered wheelchair, as well as 16 hours of paid help provided by the state per 24 hours. I have several freelance writing jobs and my own set of chapbooks, which are small poetry books featuring several poems. I don’t take much medicine except for prescription strength allergy pills, gabapentin (as I have sleeping issues) and daily birth control, as well as occasionally things like Aleve and Excedrin migraine.
When I was a girl, I did not have a full slate of athletic options. In required Physical Education classes, we played Dodge Ball–a heinous form of Gotcha, in my opinion–although, I’ll grant, Vince Vaughn as captain of a dodgeball team softened the punch of this game by taking outcasts and oddballs under his rather large wing. In my experience, Dodge Ball existed because it entertained our teachers. We also played Red Rover, volleyball, half-court basketball, and the one that toughened us the most: field hockey without shin guards.
I am a believe in progressive goal setting as a means to achieve greater success over time. It is probably attributable to a degree of risk aversion in my personality coupled with a strong desire to accomplish new things.
As a follow-up to my last post, I thought I’d pose some ideas on how to establish a life mentor or mentors in your own life. There are two steps to this – finding a mentor and forming a mentor. Once you do these two things, it’s a matter of sticking with it and making a commitment to getting together regularly.
Finding a Mentor
As I mentioned in my earlier post, my mentors came to me as part of a faith-based group. Faith-based groups are a great place to find mentors, as you are already in a more open, vulnerable place when in one of these groups. So, a prayer, meditation, or support group can be a great place to find a mentor.
Weight. What’s a girl to do with the Christmas/New Year’s double-whammy of wanting to look your best, but being bombarded by all the festive foods, sweet treats, and not-the-norm eating and drinking that quickly adds unwanted pounds?!
The holidays definitely have a way of sabotaging the diet! The frustrating dilemma of “what to wear” or more likely, “what will fit” can easily take away the merriment for many women. Certainly, there are those women, the body confident, for whom the holidays are a delightful series of events to showcase a great figure and fashionable wardrobe, but for the former group, I write this in hopes that you’ll be encouraged as the New Year rings in perhaps a few weighty resolutions.
Recently, the wife of a man my husband knew more than 40 years ago, before he ever met me, was a guest in my home. The two men have a love of horses and horsemanship in common. They both have law enforcement backgrounds and support the Second Amendment. The wife and I do not have as much common ground. Still, my husband’s friend and his wife welcomed me into their lives warmly. Their hugs are full and strong, not the half-hearted, quick pats so popular today. Their good wishes seem to come from deep within.
Last month, I spent a merry hour and a half on hold while making six different phone calls, three each to two separate companies. I hope that both companies actually record every second of the connection “for quality assurance purposes,” because I had a whole lot to say while on hold, especially to the company that subjected me to a male voice every ten seconds, repeating: “Your call is important to us. Please stay on the line.” I longed to crawl through the line and shut off that recording with extreme prejudice.
A common disease amongst Generation Y, the Princess Disease develops in the early childhood stages of females with notable symptoms appearing in the teenage years. However, the Princess Disease does not begin to negatively affect the patient until the mid twenties. Symptoms of the Princess Disease or “PD” include but are not limited to the extreme need for attention, a love of stages/ elevated surfaces and the infliction of incredibly high standards on men.
Sufferers of Princess Disease frequently feel a sense of entitlement and expect constant rewards for what they deem “good” behavior, which others would classify as normal actions not worthy of rewarding.
Two weeks ago, before Herman Cain accused women of being liars, I urged women to learn the language of their ancestors by embracing their heritage as the nurturer in charge of nutrition in their own homes. This week I wish to urge you to stay out of the kitchen. Eat out, let your significant other take charge, and forgive yourself if you do not know how to put a golden, perfectly basted turkey on the table this Thanksgiving. Remember these words: you can have it all, but not necessarily all at the same time.