I never thought I could do it: Eliminate dairy AND gluten from my diet. Yes, you heard that right! No cheese, yogurt, ice cream AND no bread, pasta, or tortillas. No Mexican restaurants, or at least not anything I typically order. No toast with my breakfast, or any Friday Treat from the lounge for that matter.
But I’m almost three weeks in. Yes, there have been a few slips here and there–some intentional, others not–but mostly I’ve found new flavors to indulge my cravings: almond flour muffins, dark chocolate, and coconut milk smoothies made smoothier with half an avocado. I know, right!?! And there is pasta, if you can get used to the way rice tastes with marinara. (I’m still working on that one.)
The point is, I never thought I’d be able to go a day without cheese. And now I’m doing it, making space for new routines and new favorites.
And you know what this reminds me of? This time last year, I never thought I could write for thirty-one days straight. And then I did. I made space everyday to write, sometimes in the morning before work, sometimes after my daughter was tucked into bed. The point is, once I started, making space became easier.
One of these days, maybe I’ll feel that way about cheese. Until then, I’ll feed my cravings with a pint of cashew ice cream, and I’ll write my way through March.
I’m participating in the 9th annual Slice of Life Story Challenge over at the Two Writing Teachers. Thirty-one days of small moments. Who’s with me?