I am not thankful for my family

bc they are not thankful for me.

Okay that sounds a little bitter, but it is more like they are not thankful for the food that I eat. Everyone always tells me “I’m so proud of how healthy you are” but then when I bring any of my recipes over, its as if I cooked skunk meat. 

So once I realized I had not prepared any food or even entertained an idea of what food i could bring… I also realized I am not going to, nor am I going to feel bad about it, because no one else would appreciate it.

joker - eat mcdonalds ok eat clean freak out

With that said, I am trying to be more understanding of the fact that my mother compared my gluten free request to that of a vegan. BUT the mother she was discussing it over lunch with actually cooked a regular Thanksgiving meal and a vegan one for her son’s girlfriend. My mom refuses, so 1 point for the other Mom.

someecards - clean-eating-meme

I even created a Pinterest board filled with gluten free versions of Thanksgiving recipes. I tried to find food they like and its GF version that still looked delicious. My logic was they’d see GF could still taste good, despite their pre-conceived notions. How easy could I make it? I normally wouldn’t eat everything included in these recipes either, but I was willing to just take whatever I could get!

maury - lie detector gluten free

I don’t know anyone else in my family who will feel forced to eat things they TRULY wouldn’t normally eat, or who is going to show up dreading having to pick and choose certain things, or anyone else who will be worried about feeling sick for days after. I will get to fit in with the majority and feel like a fat ass though. How exciting!

Look at all this food i cant eat

 

Boobylicious

Let me preface this post by saying it isn’t about the hardest workout ever or the highest protein recipe ever, there will be more of them in the future, don’t you worry.

Did you know 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer at some point in their life? So if you are lucky enough to not have to endure the hardship of this disease, odds are, someone you know will not be so lucky. This disease is #2 cause of cancer deaths in women, behind lung cancer. Lung cancer = ‘Don’t smoke’… Breast Cancer = ?

Anyway, I’m not going to stroll down memory lane of my mother’s struggle because that is her personal story. But I do want to share a picture of us from the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk this year now that we are fresh out of awareness month.

Making Strides - 2014 October

For 3 years I was captain of team ‘Boobylicious‘ for the American Cancer Society Walk. Not only did they have a local event, but they are also a non-profit organization. From the first event possible, the year my mother was diagnosed, I initiated this. {She wasn’t even 50 years old yet.} Her and my father were rather private about the disease, telling us only what we “needed” to know. So this walk was the only way I knew how to literally show her I care. We grew to a team over 60 people deep and raised thousands of dollars. It was quite the production and incredibly inspiring to feel the positive support from all. It almost became a tradition by our 3rd year, almost.

Last year she called it off and did not wish to walk. (hey, that was easier for me right? less planning and fundraising, etc) She is now considered to be in remission, which was never supposed to be possible because her stage 4 breast cancer (that was mistakenly diagnosed as calcium deposits for years) had spread into her bones. I believe that last year, she was so elated her illness was “over”, that it was to the point she didn’t want people to go out of their way to attend & donate because that would mean they still view her as a ‘cancer patient’.

We are incredibly grateful her road to recovery has come so far and I am happy she was willing to participate again. Whatever her new perspective may be, I’m glad we all got to spend the time together.