Through this challenge, I have again started to look at a career change. I have been a social worker for the last 16 years and have always been working with elders and mostly in nursing homes. I am burnt out on nursing homes, but I am not really sure where I need to look for my next career challenge. In the past and again due to this challenge, I have started to think about a career in nutrition, but not in the typical medical model nutrition. I have been thinking about learning more about gardening, cooking, and eating healthy foods and then teaching that to others. I would love to teach these things to children to help start children on the right path instead of trying to change bad habits after they are adults. I for one, know how hard that is.
My husband and I have had a garden for the last 3 years. When I was in grad school, I helped to write a grant to fund a scholarship for children to go to a farm to learn about garden and where food comes from. The goal of the grant was to bring inner city children to a rural farm in Maine and actually learn how and where food comes from, not just the grocery store. If one is able, I think that growing foods and eating them as directly from the garden is better than buying them trucked in from the grocery store. I think that eating foods that I can grow in my garden not processed foods that I buy in the store is going to be better for me. In the end, I think that teaching others to eat this way and teach them how to be more sustainable is really where I want my career to go.
I feel like I need to get my own diet and lifestyle in order before I start to think about a career in nutrition. I have not always had the best luck with eating gluten free, but I think that is because I have always tried to replace glutenous foods with non-glutenous foods and expect that they are going to taste the same. Recently, due to this challenge, I have started to think about different foods and how it affects our bodies. I am starting to think that maybe, I really need to just stop gluten foods and not replace them with non-gluten alternatives, such as gluten free breads, but start to eliminate those trigger foods all together. I think I tend to get a little lazy and then I start to slowly add in the foods that make me feel bad and then I have to start all over. I think, it may be better for me to eat proteins and non starchy veggies. This challenge has and continues to be a way for me to look at many different areas in my life and see how eating gluten free plays a role.