It has been said that we are what we consistently do.
I was at a bachelorette party this weekend with a bunch of beautiful ladies in Atlantic City.
And, as we were sharing all our meals together, naturally, it came up that I am on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet to keep my Ulcerative Colitis in remission.
And I found myself, over the course of the weekend, sharing my UC story a couple of times to various people.
How, I was on bedrest in a terrible Ulcerative Colitis flare for 11 months, and when none of medications were working, I was faced with the decision to either have surgery to have a “J-Bag” for the rest of my life, or be on a chemotherapy-like Immunosuppressive mega drug, intravenously for the rest of my life. So I asked to try this radical, therapeutic “Specific Carbohydrate Diet,” and within 2 weeks, my flare had ended, and I’ve been symptom and medication-free ever since for the last 12 years, thanks to this diet.
That’s the short version. 😉
But you know, the funny thing, is that I think there’s a very dangerous habit that we all fall into: and that is getting used to what is extraordinary.
Just take flying on an airplane, for example. Or…**sharp left, here**…our salvation.
But it’s true. I think sometimes we forget about things that have been “normalized” in everyday monotony, that are actually really important. Things that have shaped us. Defining things or seasons in our lives.
And in retelling my story this weekend — even just the “30 second elevator-pitch” version — it helped me remember: Remember where I’ve been. The road I’ve traveled. The obstacles I’ve overcome…and most importantly, Who has helped me overcome them.
Obviously, I am reminded every single day that I follow the Specific Carb Diet. Literally every time I eat. Every time I have to make a food decision that follows the diet, instead of some other delectable option. Every time I have to talk to the waiter at the restaurant and go over “the rules” like he’s prepping for the Bar Exam. Every time I have to send something back because he then messes up said order. Every time I have to explain to people why I can’t have what they’re eating. I am reminded all the time.
To the point that it is just second nature. It’s not novel anymore. The consistency is just part of my DNA. I’ve been following this for 12 years. It’s allowed me to be the healthiest I’ve ever been. I’m strong. I’m menstruating. I’m passionate about food and life and am grateful to be alive!
But you know what? Sometimes all that consistency…makes me take for granted the true miracle that God allowed in my body through the Specific Carb Diet.
I’m so used to it on such a daily-grind-basis, that only when I stop and share my story with someone who has never heard it before, do I really remember to appreciate the incredible gift that I have in my health, and that I owe it all to God for getting me through everything and to where I am today.
It is the double edged sword of consistency.
But I think God sometimes allows us those opportunities, in order that we may remember.
Because nothing in this world exists without His allowance.
I think my homework is to pause for a quiet moment or two, and really take inventory of all those extraordinary blessings I have in my life that I have grown to take for granted because they’re so routine — so every day.
And I invite you to do the same.
What are some of those “normalized” extraordinary gifts you sometimes forget about?
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