The finish line is in sight! It's still a ways off - another week - but the exhilaration is there nonetheless.
Seeing the end is always bittersweet. On one hand, you're ready to take off the restrictions and eat and shop without rules; on the other hand, you find comfort in the rules and are afraid to go back to your old ways.
For me, I look forward to digging deeper into my relationship with food during the reintroduction. That might be my favorite part - reintro. Each time I think "I'm already gluten- and dairy-free, what else I need to cut out?!" and each time I'm surprised at what I learn.
I've stopped framing it as "what else can't I eat?" and focus on "when I eat these foods, I feel like this." It's less emotional, more factual, and very helpful in my Food Freedom when I ask myself whether or not something is "worth it." I know what "it" is. That is KEY in a healthy lifestyle. What exactly is at risk when I eat something less healthy for me?
My husband's birthday was this week and it was full of superheroes, enchiladas, and carrot cake. I made a compliant enchilada filling and served mine with cauliflower rice and made theirs with corn tortillas and cheese. I love when meals are easy like that.
This week, I'm focusing on finishing strong, maybe with a new recipe or new food to try, just to mix things up! I need to add a little sunshine to my days since this New England weather is *thumbs down emoji* right now.
I'll be back next week!