The Back Story
When I was 13 years old, my father had triple heart bypass surgery. He loved to cook and he loved to eat. When they restricted his diet, I remember him saying that if he couldn't enjoy his food, he couldn't enjoy life. He chose to enjoy his food without modification, and passed away before being able to walk me down the aisle or meet his beautiful granddaughter.
When I was 30, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I was determined to have a great quality of life and spent years trying to find good options for symptom management. I even went into remission for several years. In 2008, my daughter was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. Shortly thereafter, my body attacked itself again, this time without a diagnosis. I didn't know what I was dealing with. The symptoms mimicked MS or Lupus but without any of the markers. This time, I developed food allergies to most of the foods I ate everyday. I had to learn how to cook all over again. Together, my daughter and I learned how carbs, fat, fiber and sugars affect the body. I took online nutrition classes and spent years researching, reading labels, and creating and perfecting recipes.
Still, I had to make everything from scratch; a formidable task some days due to my busy schedule as a working mother and of course the dreaded flare-ups. Those were the days I most needed to eat healthy, and the days I did not have enough energy to do so.
As the years passed, more and more people I came into contact with were being diagnosed with food allergies, food sensitivities and autoimmune diseases. Everyone said the same thing, "It's just too hard to eat the way I should". I wanted to put my knowledge and research to work for others and make eating well easier for everyone.
For my family and I, dinner-time is family-time; where we enjoy amazing dishes and re-connect after our busy, jam-packed days. I am so glad I get to pass along my dad's love for food to those I love. I only wish I could have taught my dad how amazing, healthy food could taste.