I grew up believing that my life was boring and purposeful-less. I searched long and hard for something to catch my interest, but I never found it. My boys are what gave me purpose in my life – oh, the joys of being a mother! Now my boys are all grown up, and one has kids of his own. Just an average lifestyle – I meet friends for dinner, or I come home and watch television before getting ready for the next day of work.
Well, that has changed – just a little. I had been battling health problems for a decade (at least). When I would visit the doctor’s office, I would request a list of test that I wanted performed for every disorder I read about – I was sure I had Sjogren’s Syndrome. My health concerns were mostly annoying, but when I inquired the doctors about what it could be, they didn’t seem to understand themselves. In 2010, another doctor came to work at that office and she laughed at my request – I was diagnosed with allergies.
Antihistamines for the rest of my life was not a good answer for me. Besides, they added more problems to my list of ailments, so I suffered through the mess until I went back and suggested testing for “food” allergies.
Blood test revealed I am allergic to Milk, Wheat & Eggs – that was pretty much my diet in a nutshell! I grew up on comfort food. I had gotten in the habit in my 30’s to dine out or eat fast food.
I do believe, though, that I have always been a health food want-a-bee. There were times even when I was eating out regularly when I would just want to create something at home that was healthy and delicious.
And as far as baking, I have always been a huge fan of homemade cookies, banana bread and cake.
So What now?
Well. . . what appears to be an extremely drastic change in my life has turned out to be the most rewarding. Although, I haven’t been able to make this change overnight. In fact, I am still working on it. But through my struggles I am acknowledging a brand new perception of the food world, and myself — I still love to bake, and it has been a struggle to figure out how to do it without the typical ingredients, but I am determined to one day create my own recipes!