Adopting a Fantastically Free Mindset


If you follow my newsletter, you may know that October is “Positive Attitude” Month.  I think this is the perfect time to remember that you can live a safe, happy, and healthy life with food allergies! While living with food allergies does present some unique challenges, food allergies need not stop you from doing anything that you desire to do or keep you from living the life you want to live.

Research has shown that only 10% of our happiness is due to our circumstances, 50% is due to our genetic disposition, but 40% of our happiness is due to our mindset and the activities in which we wish to engage. Truly living a safe, healthy, and happy life hinges on adopting a positive attitude or what I call a “Fantastically Free Mindset!”

The Fantastically Free mindset is all about empowerment. Living Fantastically Free involves focusing on what you can do, not what you can’t do. Food allergies should not negatively impact your overall quality of life. When you adopt a Fantastically Free mindset you are able to minimize the negative impact food allergies may create.

Here are 7 principles for adopting a Fantastically Free mindset:

1) Focus on what you can eat, not on what you cannot eat.Even people with multiple food allergies can enjoy a wide variety of foods. View your child’s food allergies as your permission to explore and experiment with trying foods that you may not have tried otherwise.

2) Focus on what you can do, not on what you cannot do. Participate in life-giving activities that bring you and your child joy and satisfaction. Many families report a lower quality of life because of they feel like they are unable to participate in activities that they enjoy. You can still do many of the things that you love to do; it just takes a little more planning.

3) Stand steadfast. Take unwavering responsibility for managing your child’s allergies. Do whatever you feel is necessary to keep your child safe.

4) Empower your voice and teach your child to do the same. Be proactive, speak up about your child’s food allergies, and show her how to be an empowered self-advocate.

5) Enjoy eating a healthy diet. Avoid unhealthy and unsafe processed foods, as much as possible. Your body and your child’s body will thank you!

6) Remain resilient. Don’t let misinformed or misguided people get you down. View it as an opportunity to educate others.

7) Feed your spiritual appetite. For many people managing food allergies, spirituality can be helpful in coping with the challenges of living with a life-threatening chronic condition. If you feel like this is an area that you would like to cultivate find ways to incorporate spirituality into your daily life. It could be as simple as praying before meals or creating a meditation practice.

8) Enjoy life! Go have fun and try to relax. Do what you love to do and focus on the great things in your life. Keep a gratitude journal and refer to it whenever you are feeling low. It is impossible to have a negative thought and hold a sense of gratitude at the same time. Go make memories! Just remember that it might take a little extra planning (and don’t forget to take your EpiPen).

I would love to hear how you maintain a positive attitude while managing food allergies, autoimmune disorders, or other chronic illnesses. Please feel free to leave a comment below.

About Tiffany deSilva

Hi I'm Tiffany deSilva, MSW, CPC, CHC, Founder of BrightFire Living, LLC. I am a social worker, speaker, author, certified health, wellness and lifestyle coach, certified green living coach and toxic-free consultant. I am passionate about helping women like you to detox each area of your life, safeguard your family's health, and live life fully charged and completely lit up! I am on a mission to empower women and families who are managing food allergies, autoimmune disorders, and other modern chronic health conditions to live a safe, happy, and healthy life that truly lights your fire!

Feedback & Comments:

  1. Great advice! We are so focused on having everything these days that we forget to be thankful for what we have… Very true that managing stress is an important part of having allergies.

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