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Confession: My Rotten Attitude

By Elizabeth Prata

‘Eve! You shouldn’t have focused on what you can’t have! You should have focused on what bounty was available to you!’

Sure, that one is easy to spot.

I have food allergies. A lot of them. As I’ve gotten older they have crept in and gotten worse. A near family member is a celiac, and I have had to face a growing intolerance for gluten myself. I have an intolerance with dairy. I have to go on a low FODMAP diet, where certain foods from all food groups, varied and disparate, affect me terribly. It makes sense to go low carb at this stage of my life for heart health reasons. I dislike the texture of most meat.

It’s normal for people on the autism spectrum to have food issues, and I’m no exception. I was disappointed this past summer when I learned the FODMAP issue. These are foods that my body can’t absorb. It’s not just the usual suspects, sugar or carbs, but anything from onions to apples, blackberries to split peas, cauliflower or honey. Blueberries are OK but not more than 10, grapes are OK but not more than 17. And so on.


I sighed to myself and said often, “I can never have a bagel with lox again. No pizza. Muffins, bread, rolls, spaghetti. No rice, no peaches (I live in the Peach State!). No blackberries – which are my favorite.

Then our church watched American Gospel: Christ Alone. In it, a family is given extended interview time. The wife has serious medical issues. As her issues devolved, she was diagnosed with a condition that forced her to bypass her stomach and inject liquid foods straight into her intestine. She can ever eat again.

Never. Eat. Anything. No food passes her mouth. Ever.


I will not complain or sigh or mourn my limited diet. I HAVE a diet. I have, by God’s grace, many items I still enjoy. I love fruits and veggies and there are many of them I still can eat. As for the gluten, there are ever more choices on the shelves for substitutes, which others in my family did not have when they were diagnosed in the late 1990s and early 2000s. So I have that grace as well.

I must look at what I CAN eat, not the forbidden fruit hanging on the tree. Why focus on the forbidden fruit and not the allowable fruit. Duh. I have seen Eve and she is me.

By comparison, the garden of God’s delights is large, and it contains not only food, but many joys and comforts. I need to look at those and not at what I can’t have.

Because He really has given me everything.


Christian writer and Georgia teacher's aide who loves Jesus, a quiet life, art, beauty, and children.

7 thoughts on “Confession: My Rotten Attitude

  1. Good thoughts. My Mom has found that she can pretty much only eat animal products. It wasn’t fun giving up so much of what she enjoyed, but her health is so much better. My parents are healthier now at 65 than they have been for years. Our whole family, as well as my parents, have been doing (basically) keto for over a year now. That includes children. They want to cheat sometimes. And we do a little for birthdays. But they have really been great about the change in our eating habits. The benefits far outweigh what you give up. As my parents talk to people with health issues, and try to share how their diet has helped them, it’s amazing how many people don’t want to hear it. They’d rather have surgeries, limbs cut off, etc, than to give up sugar and carbs. It’s like people not wanting to think about following Christ because of what they might have to give up. Yet, what you gain is SO much better than what you give up!
    This is the second place in two days where I’ve seen someone mention “American Gospel”. I had not heard of it before. Gonna have to look that up.

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement and the recounting of how your family has thrived.

      American Gospel : Christ Alone is a 2018 documentary examining how the prosperity gospel (the Word of Faith movement) has distorted the gospel message, and how this theology is being exported abroad. This feature-length film is the first in a series.

      The second one came out in 2019, and is called American Gospel: Christ Crucified, The gospel message of “Christ crucified” has always been offensive. In our culture it is common for preachers to soften the offense of the cross, and the attributes of God that are displayed in the person of work of Jesus Christ. “American Gospel: Christ Crucified” explores how the paths of post-modernism and progressive Christianity lead to a different gospel, and a god created in our own image.

      They are available for rent, or you can see a 40-min abbreviated version of part 1 for free on youtube. I HIGHLY recommend renting both parts.

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  2. Thank you for the timely reminder for me to tighten up my diet. I did well on the FODMAP elimination diet once I found the foods I could tolerate. But I allowed some foods on my “NO” list to creep back in. It’s insidious, just like sin, and I need to treat it that way. This is my new reality. I need to let go of the bad and be grateful for the good. God is using these dietary challenges to conform me to the image of His Son, so He should be praised!

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