The Benefits of a Grain-Free Diet

The Benefits of a Grain-Free Diet

A good friend of ours has learned that eating a grain-free diet is a great method of combating her particular health challenges. She just purged her house of everything she can’t eat. But she’s bummed out because she feels like she can’t eat anything she really likes now.

It made me think back to a few years ago when we discovered Emily is gluten intolerant. I do a lot of the cooking at the house and I remember thinking, Man, this is gonna be impossible. Everything has gluten in it!

I started educating myself about what we could use and what we couldn’t. And I started getting innovative with ingredients. I say this in all humility, but now, three years later, I’m a killer gluten-free chef. I don’t feel any sense of limitation when it comes to my cooking.

Which brings me to something I’ve been realizing lately.

T.S. Eliot once said, “When forced to work within a strict framework the imagination is taxed to its utmost – and will produce its richest ideas. Given total freedom the work is likely to sprawl.”

He’s talking about writing, but I think that quote applies across the board.

It’s an amazing thing about people that when we are forced into a situation that limits us we have the capacity to become very creative. It’s kind of like God created us to thrive under limitation.

I’m convinced that limitations are a real blessing – if you’ll just stop complaining about them and get to work coming up with solutions. We are created in God’s image so I believe all of us have creative capacity. But those capacities probably won’t come out until you are under some pressure to be creative.

Don’t be afraid of whatever obstacles or setbacks you may be facing. Embrace them and use them as fuel to fire the creativity God placed in you. Get out there and innovate.

You’ve got this you creative genius you.

Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?… I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt… Job 38:4-11