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_ Well thought i would just give a little background on me and my family :) I am a wife, mom to 5 kids, home school teacher to 3 of the kids, group fitness instructor, chauffeur to said kids, cook, maid (ha! just kidding! sometimes i wish i had one though!) and a whole slew of other things. Now becoming creative artist director in the food department. out of the 5 kids, 3 kids are special needs with differing allergies. my hubby has some special needs in his diet and i, myself, also have MANY allergies. the reactions are getting more severe as time goes on. I was spurred on to help myself by hopefully inspiring and helping others. Our reactions are not thank goodness for the most part anaphylatic. our troubles run a whole different gamete.... runny noses, congestion, issues with losing voice, bloating, constipation, eczema, rashes, COLITIS :( , throwing up, diarrhea, and many other symptoms.... I will post up a food list at least for myself and one of the kiddos a little later on. Finding creative meals that everyone can eat is well sometimes challenging. I am busy so unfortunately can not be a short order cook to the entire family!??? who has time for that right?
I had a slew of health problems myself when i was younger around 19/20 i got hit with a BUNCH of stuff.... tells me i probably had food issues back then but nobody diagnosed it. I just helped myself get better. I had Chronic fatigue syndrome, asthma, BAD acne, endometriosis, hormone issues, digestive issues, was getting sick all the time... the list goes on. Well the drs could not help me so i sought out help for myself. I changed my diet and managed to heal myself of all the above ailments. However! i was single then and didn't have a bunch of kids and family to take care of. I slipped some since then. Most of those are still gone though. so thankful for that! my 8 year old was pretty healthy from birth always big and at the top of the growth chart. I fed him really healthy foods and really took care of what he ate. My 5 year old had problems with food though since birth. She is a total other story! My 10 year old, well, he is a boy we took in, he was neglected and malnourished by his bio-parents so he is underweight. Has food allergies. But thus far we have put 15 1/2 pounds on him and 3 inches in height. His needs are a little different than my bio kids. So we try to meet all their needs. Then we have my older 2 boys (my stepsons) who were raised on a totally different style of diet and food so trying to make things that will also appeal to them as well??? Talk about crazy. I have a true mixed family palette here to deal with. There is the challenge. The solution.... well hopefully to be written down here as we go and hopefully will help anyone else who may find themself in a similar situation. Though i would not personally wish this onto anybody. It is a journey. I have learned a lot about the body and food and reactions and illnesses. may you find some sort of inspiration here as days go on :)
Dawn aka Devora Miriam Harris
Curiosity and creativity tied into necessity becomes a springboard for incredible things to happen. Over the years, battles with allergies and disabilities, a love for nature and gardening, and needing alternatives to traditional medicine because of strong reactions toward conventional medicines have been a reality in my life. Learning not to fight rather become aware of other options and flow with them has been a challenge. I still have moments, as we all do. Finally, handling one issue after another is simply what must be done in a calm well thought through way.
I am a single mother. Several of my children and myself have had quite a struggle learning to live with our bodies and the challenges we were given: whether they be disabilities, allergies, or otherwise. There have been plenty bumps along the way. Yet, all in all, life has been very good and we have been fortunate to have a strong love for each other and good minds to figure out how to turn challenges into blessings.
For me MealtimeAdventurers is about how our life is a diet. What we think, what we expose ourselves to, what we eat...simply living fuels us either in a positive way or not so positive. The question becomes, how do we want to be fueled and to give energy to our loved ones who are trusting us to help them?
This happens not only in the kitchen. How we manage our world and the precious resources we have been given is a part of this. How seriously we take our health: whether or not to exercise, what type and how often, what type of doctor do we personally need, what is going in our mouths, even what we think, see, and speak about...all of these and much more affect us and those around us.
My hope is that the education and experiences that I have gained and hope to continue to gain along the way, will leave a positive impact on others and the world around us. All the best on your journey. Whatever Ariella and I can do to assist, we would be happy to share what we can with you. Here's to a good present and future for all of us filled with health, blessings, good friends and a beautiful future.