Sunday, March 13, 2011

Welcome!

I have suffered from daily headaches and migraines since I was 12 years old.  I had spent years popping pills, undergoing numerous tests, MRI’s, CAT Scans, you name it.  After seeing dozens of neurologists and traditional doctors, I had pretty much given up hope.  When I heard about a natural homeopathic doctor who treated migraines, headaches and other symptoms that I had experienced for years, I thought it was worth a shot.  Well, I was in for a shock – I was seriously allergic to everything!  A list of 40 foods long, from gluten, cow dairy, and eggs to rice and potatoes,  even brussel sprouts and lettuce.  I did the whole elimination diet and in the end, narrowed my allergies down to gluten, cow dairy and eggs.  I still try to steer clear from my original food ‘sensitivity’ list, like rice and potatoes, but indulge once in awhile when I can’t resist the occasional French fry or gluten free pita bread. 

First off, I want you all to know that I am not a cook – I didn’t even like baking!  If I wanted something sweet, I put in a request with my sister, a talented and avid baker, and kept her company while she whipped me up a treat.  6 months ago, the only time I had used the kitchen was to toast a piece of Naan and cheese which was dinner most nights.  For the first 3 months of my new food allergy world, I didn’t even attempt to eat baked goods.  I stuck to the basics: meat, nuts, veggies and fruit.  The weight loss was great, but I really missed the occasional scone or sweet treat.  I knew I couldn’t survive eating almonds and cashews for the rest of my life – I needed a cupcake!!

So, I started experimenting with recipes that are free from gluten, dairy, eggs and sugar and try to stick to high protein / fiber grains like buckwheat, sorghum or gluten free oat flour.  Not everything turned out so well, but you have to start somewhere.  Remember, this is coming from a girl who used her oven as extra storage.  So, here it is:  my journey from take out and frozen food to all natural clean eating from scratch.

2 comments:

  1. I look forward to seeing your recipes and trying them out !

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  2. Can't wait to see what you post next!

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