I can still remember when I took my first trip after being diagnosed with ECD that I had a hard time finding the foods I wanted. I had settled into a pattern of foods I was able to eat (with no negative consequences) and I wanted to exactly reproduce that pattern while on vacation. After visiting 3 grocery stores I came to realize that I was going to have to be more flexible with my eating. Not flexible in the sense that I was going to need to eat foods that were "bad" for me, but flexible in the brands and breadth of foods I considered.
I moved into the dorms at RPTS at the beginning of August (for my D.Min. classes) and then I had the opportunity to explore the area. The facilities are good, food is available (COOP and Trader Joe's), and there are others around who are also dealing with dietary restrictions.
This all helps. What helps more though is that I am learning to accept and live with my new normal.
Accepting our own limitations is rough. No one wants to admit to, let alone restructure their life around, things they can no longer do. Here's the thing, I think my limitations can be either good or bad based on how I perceive them.
So I'm going to do myself a favor and live life as if my limitations are the best thing that ever happened to me.