I am wife of almost 3 years to my fabulous husband, mother to 5 children - 2 biological children (5 and 8), one foster type child (10) and 2 stepsons (13 and 15). All the kids comes from a different background and different types of food they can have or enjoy. Will get into that more a little bit later. I love outdoorsy type things - camping, hiking, playing. I love to exercise. I love to workout. I love learning about nutrition. I love scrapbooking. I love to spend time with my family and husband. I love having dates with my kids! Sometimes in a house with so many that date time is something really special. a time to really have a heart to heart and connect. And well I used to love to prepare food and have fun with it! I used to really enjoy looking through recipes and seeing what new things we could try and/or new things i could possibly invent. That all started changing awhile ago.
I grew up on the SAD (standard american diet) - meat, dairy, overly processed veggies, and lots of grains. At 16/17 i started to get sick however. My body got asthma. Then i got horrible acne. Then i got endometriosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, thyroid issues...... WHAT? I decided to go vegetarian for personal reasons at that time. But at around age 20 when i started to get really sick i realized i needed to do something with my diet. I got the hep b vaccines at the encouragement of my mother. This was before i had really started learning about nutrition and reading up on health. This destroyed my liver and my body was not the same afterwards. I only did 2 of the 3. This is not something i would recommend personally. It set me up for a long haul of challenges. I also had struggled with my weight from 16 to 24. At 24 after beginning to change my diet - cut out coffee (yes i was a coffee addict!), then processed sugars and grains.... I gradually began to lose weight. Also adding in more raw and unprocessed foods. More from whole foods sources. My body began to heal itself. I did juicing and green smoothies! It was WONDERFUL! I felt GREAT! i dont think i had felt that great ever. I had my first child at 27. He was a beautiful and HEALTHY and big baby boy! 9 pounds 4 oz. So beautiful! i could not imagine loving somebody more. I fed him healthy foods. lots of whole foods. fruits, vegetables, juices, non processed foods. I cared carefully and conscientiously about his diet. My daughter was born when i was 30. I had slipped some with my diet between the birth of my first and the pregnancy with my daughter. I had added soy back in and ate a few more processed foods. Kids occupy more time as those of you reading of this probably know and i didn't have as much time to devote to the foods that i once did. Although our diet by comparison was still incredibly clean compared to most. lots of fruits and veggies and beans. With my daughters pregnancy, i developed a diagnosed wheat and corn allergy. I still continued to have a slice of wheat bread one time per week during her pregnancy but basically i didn't eat much of it. My beautiful daughter was born. And she was immediately reacting to those foods. If i ate anything with wheat in it, she would throw up. This reaction stayed throughout her toddlerhood years. Certain people would still insist on feeding her wheat bread thinking she "had to have it" and she would proceed to throw up. Though most of hte time i could keep it away from her.
HOWEVER, times changed. In 2007 near the end of the year i got separated. I lost control at that time of my childrens diets. They both have several allergies. My daughters list is VERY long. Her father has refused to follow her allergy list despite the fact that he agreed to do so in our separation agreement. which is an order with the court. By not abiding by this order, he has made her allergy list VERY long. All the drs say that she would recover and lose most of these allergies if given the chance to heal. But until that happens, well, we work with her list of what she can have when she is with me. She has developed severe colitis. Her colon is not working basically at all. She has developed eczema. It has been hard mentally and emotionally to deal with this because everything i do for her gets undone with each and every visit to her fathers house. She is on hundreds of dollars in supplementation per drs orders. Her and I have been through a lot this last year. I just keep praying she will be able to stay strong and hang in there until things can get resolved. Hopefully that will be in april of this year. 2011. After that i will be able to post more up about her allergies and what we are doing for her. I hope to meet with some great success. I will definitely share more of her journey after April. I hope to help others learn from our successes and misfires and things we would do the same and differently.
I myself, due to massive stress of the last couple of years, my allergies have flaired massively. I can not tolerate any grains at all on any level and many other foods. My list became very limited and i became very well uninspired to do much in the food arena. My hope with this blog is to overcome that lack of inspiration for myself and my family and also be able to offer hope to others.
I know the body is an amazing thing. That given the right foods and time and care. It can heal. It can recover and it can take giant leaps forward. You just have to do the right things to nurture it.
My hope is to share that journey of recovery with you all and also bring that gift of recovery to myself once again. I also wish that for my children as well.
My stepsons have a few health challenges. But no real allergies. They were raised on a pretty processed food junk food diet. So switching to vegetarian after my marriage to their father was a little challenging. But they are doing so much better and i believe they have improved their health greatly over the last few years. They are great boys. :) My little foster boy - well he was extremely malnourished by his mom and we have many challenges with him that we are trying to work through and help him with. I will document some of his journey here as well. For him since coming to our home, he has gained about 15 pounds and grew 3 1/2 inches. The doctors are happy with his progress though he is still at the very bottom of the growth chart. At least he is now ON the growth chart.
May our journeys touch your heart and inspire you. If you have words of inspiration please feel free to