a gluten free normal life.


Sometimes we go through our days and forget the beauty of normal. I don’t think it’s intentional, it’s more as if we get stuck in the routine – the ins and outs and dishes and laundry and vacuuming and cooking and cleaning and the doing it agains – and the normal stuff seems to get forgotten. It’s hard to celebrate that at times, especially when it feels, well, so boring and tedious at times.

Then there are the moments in our lives where normal is taken from us. We’ve all had them – those moments where that normal previously boring routine was stripped from us and we’re left longing for the days when the biggest stress was a messy kitchen or laundry that never seems to end.

I remember.

I remember when (my now four year old) Samuel was diagnosed with Celiac Disease walking through Target crying. Well, not the full-fledge cry with tears pouring down my face, but rather that type of cry where you fight to keep the tears tucked within your eyelids. It’s the cry that if someone asked you are you okay in that very second you would no longer be okay and the tears would begin to pour.

I missed normal. I missed being able to push that large red cart through the store and to be able to throw in anything without having to scrutinize the label. Well, wait. I loved that I had a diagnosis for Samuel. I loved it. But, in those moments all I could see were the kids running up to the bakery section of Target waiting for their free cookie.

I knew Samuel would never get that free gluten full cookie.
(click gluten free pumpkin bars to find our favorite treat instead)

And in those moments my heart ached. Of course, of course I was profoundly grateful for a diagnosis for my little boy who, in those days, was fading away in front of me. But, I also was learning to let go of a life that I thought would be his normal. No matter what the diagnosis or issue is that strips normal from you one must still go through a process of accepting a new normal.

But the cool thing about eating gluten free was that vitality and energy returned for Samuel and we found normal. In fact, now today, I can walk through Target and past all the bread, the cookies, the snacks, and all the gluten full stuff and not feel that ache that I felt those cold February days. Samuel has grown up knowing that gluten hurts his tummy and honestly never lets the fact that he can’t have a cookie bother him. Now, as a family rule, no one gets the cookie if Samuel is around simply because we love and support him and his gluten free journey.

That’s the cool thing about normal – even when it’s gone it can return. The reality is that normal will look different, but the new normal doesn’t have to be any less cool than the previous.

For Samuel eating gluten free saved his life. That’s the thing with Celiac Disease – gluten literally destroys the lining of the gut making it impossible to absorb nutrients. You remove the gluten and the body heals and food can be absorbed and processed. So energy, vitality, and health return.

Living gluten free doesn’t have to mean living without. Living gluten free, in fact, can be living alive and healthy.

For Samuel? And for those with Celiac Disease? Living gluten free is a gift. It’s a way to live life and to eat so that one stays healthy.

That’s normal.

And that normal is beautiful.

So today, today, I ask you to look at your own journey. Maybe you’re in a time when all you want is normal to return. Sweet mother, it will return. Or maybe you’re in a spot where the tediousness of the every day is making you want to run laps around your house (not here – it’s too cold). Celebrate normal. That’s the beauty of normal – it’s to be celebrated. So take a second, look around your space, and find something beautiful.

Normal is beautiful.



As a mother with a child with Celiac Disease I consider it a great honor to be a voice of awareness. I also love celebrating normal – and I know many of you today just needed a reminder to step back, to look at normal, and to be grateful. Because I am blessed to speak out about living gluten free and raising a child with Celiac Disease I consider it an honor to partner with Udi’s Gluten Free as a brand ambassador. Their products truly helped normal return in our home. I’ve been blessed to not only partner with them but also to visit them at their home office in Denver, Colorado. They’re as awesome as I talk about. For real.

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7 Responses to “a gluten free normal life.”

  1. October 27, 2013

    Lynn Reply

    Wouldn’t exactly say normal returns as much as a new normal takes it’s place. And you go on from there, on a path you didn’t chose, but a path that’s been given you.
    It still upsets me when I think how hard you had to fight to get that diagnosis! Why didn’t the drs care more? Why didn’t they listen to you right away?!!!!!!!
    Always here praying!
    Hebrews 13:20-21 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
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  2. October 28, 2013

    Lynn Reply

    How could I be the only one to comment on this one?! It’s so important!
    John 11:25-27 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
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  3. October 28, 2013

    Kristin Kat Reply

    Another touching post… Yes, thank you Udi for existing and for partnering with the fabulour Rachel 🙂

  4. October 29, 2013

    Lynn Reply

    Praying right now!
    1 John 1:1-4 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

  5. October 29, 2013

    Momma Bird Reply

    What a great post. I am not where you are yet but we are still in the early stages. My son’s test for celiac disease came back negative but his allergy tests show triggers for gluten. I am holding off on endoscopy, etc. right now and choosing instead to just go gluten free and hope that helps him. We have seen progress (weight and height check today…fingers crossed) but now he is regressing again. However, he has a cold and I praying that is all it is. I feel like we are in limbo. We THINK it is that but no confirmation. When we got the diagnosis of “probably” he had it I was okay. I do gluten free for my endometriosis so I thought I could do it. My husband had a harder time. He still does. But I also came to the realization of all the “he will never” or “never agains” when we were offered a cookie in the deli, then again when we checked out. He at just 2 years old already knows what “hurts his belly” and today I gave him a muffin I made and he asked, “Is it gluten free?” Bless his heart. My heart aches still that he has to ask this though and it aches that at the snack section of a Halloween gathering we went to he couldn’t have ANYTHING on the table for sale. My heart still aches. Tears are welling in my eyes now. I hurt for him even though he seems to act like he isn’t losing anything. Again, bless his soul. Thanks again for this post. I needed it.

  6. November 6, 2014

    Patty Reply

    I appreciate the encouragement in this post more than you know. I had to go gluten free just over a year ago, because what started out as a gluten intolerance turned into an anaylphalactic allergy. Since that time, I have developed intolerances to most grains, and quite honestly, I have seriously had to grieve the loss of the foods I love most. Even though I know I’m healthier without them, I miss them, and often times feel as though I have nothing enjoyable to eat!

  7. April 17, 2015

    Amber Kaspar Reply

    Thanks you for sharing, your story. I went gluten free almost a year ago. It has made a big differences. I have enjoyed learning to bake all over again with Gluten Free ingredients.

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