A Celiac’s Gluten Free Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day date for many includes dinner, movie, or something a little special after, but for someone with Celiac’s Disease, Valentine’s Day can bring worry and stress. Enjoying a Gluten Free Valentine’s Day can be enjoyable if you think beyond the dinner plate.

The not so happy Diner

Those without allergies or food related reactions, going out for a meal with friends and loved ones is a time to socialize, have a good time, connect, and spend some quality time.  Maybe it is networking, getting to know someone, sharing ideas, or just catching up.

To someone with Celiac, each trip to a restaurant or eating out is like playing a game of chance.  Did the waiter explain to the cook your allergy?  Did they understand your concerns?  Will the chef cook your meal the way you asked and not accidentally cross contaminate your dish?  Will those plating the dish follow the same care and guidance required to make sure your dish is safe?   And finally, will the waiter remember to put your dish separate and not contaminate your food when they serve you?

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8 Minute Meditation – Week 5

After a great 4 week streak, I’ve finally missed a day this week.  Not only did I miss a day, but it has been a very stressful week.   My wife had a  minor surgery this and she will be off her feet for a few days.  Unfortunately, my daughter doesn’t yet understand the meaning of a sick day.   It’s been a stressful week with little sleep and not much down time.  Finding a few minutes for meditation has proven difficult, and every time I close my eyes, I want to take a micro nap.

Because of all the challenges this week, I’ve decided that I need to try something little different with my  8 Minute Meditation.

This week was also very surprising.  I found that sometimes you find exactly what you need exactly when you need it.

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8 Minute Meditation – Week 4

Today was a great day for meditation.  In fact, I enjoyed it so much, I did my  “8 Minute Meditation” not once, but twice!   We’ll get to why in a moment because I want to lay out what this week’s practice is.

Week 4 is called “This Magic Moment”, and this is exactly what I experienced today.   This week, I’ve been practicing labeling the thought that enter my mind while meditating as “past” or “future”.   The “present” is now, and that is where you want to be, present, aware, and a part of this “Magic Moment”.

So why was my “Magic Moment” so powerful that I doubled up on my meditation?

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8 Minute Meditation – Week 3

Here I am, three week’s into Victor Davich’s “8 Minute Meditation”.

The test this week is to notice a body part sensation, make it your focal point and then wait for it to be replaced by another sensation in another body part.   My problem this week is everything feels like an itch and I have to fight the urge to scratch.  I am sure that this is not what should be happening, and doubt is starting to settle in.

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