3 Reasons Why This is Not a Food Blog, But I’m Trying Something New…

Today, it is exactly five years since I stopped eating sugar.

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That seems like kind of a big deal to me, so I decided this would be the perfect day to introduce you to a new little project of mine, which involves food.

I love food. I love eating it, making it, and taking pictures of it.

I love the bright colors of vegetables, or when healthy food looks super appealing, and I really enjoy a plate of food with great presentation. If I had time in this life, I’d be a food stylist.

But I will never have a food blog. For the following reasons:

1) I very rarely make up my own recipes.

I love following other people’s amazing recipes, but I don’t “experiment” in the kitchen. That’s just not my thing.

2) I don’t know anything about food photography.

Although I’m often taking pictures of food, I really don’t know how to do it the way professionals do. I could learn, but it’s not close to the top of my list of priorities right now.

3) I’m interested in too many other things.

While healthy eating is very important to me, and something I’m passionate about, I can’t see myself limiting this blogging hobby to food. I love Jesus, I love my family, I love photography, reading, writing, organizing, simplifying, etc, etc. The list could go on and on. A food blog or even a health blog would feel very limiting.

However.

Despite the fact that I don’t want to write an entire blog about food, I’ve been working on a little surprise for all of you who are interested.

I have been approached by several different people who are curious about the way our family eats. I am often asked questions about how I have navigated the different diet transitions my family has been through, including going gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free. (Lots of free…)

Because food intolerances are becoming increasingly common, and healthy eating is on the rise, I have been asked a number of times if I could put together all of the recipes our family uses on a regular basis, as well as any tips for where to find great products, resources, or any other helpful tidbits.

The only qualification I have when it comes to healthy eating is experience. I have read and researched for hours and hours, and I have lived it for five years.

I will never forget that day, five years ago, when my naturopath called me with test results, and her solution to my health problems: a total food makeover.

The day she called me with the results, I was lying flat on the couch, recovering from a surgery which was supposed to treat my infertility issues. I felt about the worst I’ve ever felt, which was probably a good thing, because I was ready to agree to ANYTHING she suggested.

And her suggestion was: No more gluten, dairy, or sugar.

I had no idea what to eat. No idea how to cook. No idea how to survive within the new limitations I’d been given.

The first two weeks were completely terrible. Because I couldn’t eat the very things my body was desperately craving, I felt hungry all  the time. I lay awake at night, thinking about food. I cried a lot.

But I stuck to it, and slowly, things started to change.

Slowly, I found a new normal. And then things went well for a few years.

Until our girls started having too many digestion problems, and Ben and I decided it was time to make some changes in the way our whole family was eating.

So I started all over again. I could feed myself in a healthy way, but it wasn’t appealing for kids.

I’ve spent the last year figuring out how to feed a family in a healthy, appealing way. It is a constant work in progress, as I learn more about what is truly good to eat, and as I discover more recipes.

But it doesn’t stress me out anymore. I enjoy it.

And I don’t ever want to go back to the way we used to eat.

I love what our family eats. I feel truly good about the food I serve. Part of me would love it if our girls could enjoy what “normal” kids eat, but mostly, I’m just thankful for how much healthier we eat because of the food intolerance issues we deal with around here. I have so much left to learn, and many more healthy habits to add to what we’re already doing around here, but I feel that we’re on the right track.

So this is what we’re going to do around here on the blog:

For all of you who have expressed interest in what our family eats, or for anyone who just loves to check out new recipes, and you want some ideas on how to eat gluten-free, dairy-free, or sugar-free, I have decided to add a new page to my blog labelled “Recipes”. I have put together a list of links to all of our favorite recipes, and I will pass it on to you, in an effort to make it easier than it was for me in the beginning.

Also, I am working on a second page which will include all of the resources and health tips I have picked up over the last five years, from the reading I’ve done, and the multitude of healthcare professionals I’ve seen.

What I know, I’ll share!

And...if you have great gluten/dairy/sugar free recipes to pass on, I’d love to have you email those to me, and we’ll share with everybody.

But if you love your wheat and sugar, then by all means, avoid those new pages, and keep coming back for the usual blog stuff! The only thing that will look different are a few new tabs across the top.

And now, I must ask: How many of you out there are with me on this food intolerance adventure?? Any suggestions on how to navigate through all of the obstacles? Any recipes to share?

*Update: I have decided to remove the recipe page from my blog, and to replace it, I have started a Pinterest board with all of the online recipes we use on a regular basis. It is much less time-consuming to keep it updated, and more easily accessible, so I hope you find it enjoyable and useful!:)

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9 thoughts on “3 Reasons Why This is Not a Food Blog, But I’m Trying Something New…

  1. I too am an account food sensitivities diet at the moment. This first week has been really hard, feeling like I can’t eat anything. It is hard to focus on what I can eat. Gluten, dairy and eggs are my big 3, although there is more that I can’t eat too. I will look forward to the new tabs on the blog! Chia seeds and Green smoothies are my friends now! (I used to eat them before but now they are common staples)

  2. Yay! Thank you for sharing!! I’ll admit that sugar has been a large part of our lives, and I REALLY like it. However, I’ve been becoming increasingly aware at how bad it really is for us and because I want healthy lives for us and our kids that have significantly reduced risk of serious illnesses, I’m ready to change how we eat. Your insights and experience are a wealth if knowledge to me as one just beginning the road to healthier eating and lifestyle! Thanks so much Kendra!

    • Glad to share! You’ve always been such a support and encouragement to me in all my different health transitions and food experiments, and I’ve always appreciated that!

  3. this is very exciting!!!!!! I am supposed to be dairy free, gluten free, and sugar free too. I’ve managed with the dairy free over the past months and now I am adding gluten free and someday sugar free??? who knows. It’s hard to do it all at once, so step by step is what I am doing for now. I will send you my favorites so far too.

    • I would love to try your favorites! And from what I’ve found with Anika and Kaylia, as long as you have some healthy sweet treats around, giving up sugar doesn’t have to be as hard as it sounds.

  4. I am so excited for your recipes! I’ve gone “free” on all three things, but never at the same time (OK, I never cut fruit out of my diet, only other sugar). This isn’t a tip, but will hopefully be helpful for those who are starting out – the first month is the hardest! Both times that I cut out sugar, I felt very tired, even a bit depressed, but after a month, my body adjusted and I was back to “normal.”

  5. I am so excited you posted recipes, Kendra! I’ve been wheat-free for six years and went sugar-free three years ago. I feel like I’ve been given a new lease on life.

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