Friday, November 18, 2011

Kitchen Debils

I've never been good in the kitchen. I was a half-assed vegetarian for most of my life, eating mashed potatoes and a veggie for meals. No one to cook for but myself.  Then I had my daughter and then she regressed into Autism and everything changed. We put her on the gluten and casein free diet and I would find the recipes and my husband would cook the food (or we'd buy it pre-made).
Finally, this year, I decided to try gluten free for myself. I can say, with all honesty, that quitting gluten was one of the hardest things I've ever done. It made me feel ill for weeks. I sweat and shook, literal withdrawals. I think I was only a few days in when I thought "Gluten is the devil, I will never ever eat it again"- That was 10 months ago and I have never felt better.
I fell into a comfort zone. Baking a few easy gfcf goodies for my daughter and I. I stopped trying for BETTER. I guess I felt the progress we'd made together was enough. Fortunately, I have a dear friend who reminded me that we can't EVER stop trying to make life better for our kids and for ourselves. *Thank you Cara, I owe you :P*
So, with renewed vigor, I'm embarking on the next phase of our journey to be a healthier, happier family. Even my gluten, HFCS, over processed obsessed husband is seemingly excited for my desire to spend time in the kitchen learning to cook/bake/create and eliminate the NASTY that's shoved into our food.
This is a work in progress. My goals are to eliminate soy, drastically cut back on sugar and still enjoy eating. In all honesty, I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing. I'm going at this with nothing more than the desire to better our lives through healthier choices and pouring through other people's blogs filled with delicious looking, healthy foods.
So, I invite whoever reads this to follow along with me. There's bound to be more than a few train wrecks and who doesn't love a good train wreck. :)
My next post will be past items I've made *or TRIED to make* and from there I'll update as I go.
If someone gets food poisoning, I promise to keep the details down to a minimum LOL.