I started this food journey several years ago. In 2012 I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, but that’s not actually when the journey began. For a few years, I was off and on medication to help control the flare-ups. I was not getting the root of the problem, just masking the pain.
Around 2015 I was introduced to the Whole30 program. You eliminate everything processed from your diet but fruit, vegetables, nuts, meats, seafood, and healthy fats. To get a proper understanding, you need to visit the Whole30 website.
During this time, I learned how important food is to your body. Once I finished my first round of Whole30, I was excited to see other options regarding food to heal my body.
I went into remission for about 4-5 years. It was AMAZING! In 2020 I had my second child and started having flare-ups again. While pregnant with my second child, I abandoned eating “clean.” I reintroduced processed foods and sugar into my diet. Nine months of not eating healthy undid 4-5 years of “clean” eating.
This time I didn’t want to take medicine. So I did “almost” everything I could to remove the inflammation. This time food alone didn’t seem to solve the inflammation. I decided to get back on medication until I could get my body back to its baseline.
I had to dig deeper, and that is where I am today. I am on a journey for inner healing.
The thing is, I don’t do well with diets. I, unfortunately, have learned I have a hard time sticking to goals I set for myself. I don’t consider eating “clean” a diet. I believe it’s a lifestyle. Thank you for joining me on this journey to get healthy again.
Due to my mom being a fantastic cook and recreating just about any dish, I am very particular about food. I can honestly tell you the healthy version of something doesn’t always taste the same. And unfortunately, it’s not always a success, but I keep trying and get excited thinking about how to recreate meals my family or I enjoy. When I cook, my goal is to make comfort food or an everyday meal full of processed items and turn it into something healthy that tastes delicious! I don’t like to compromise on taste just to say it’s healthy. That takes all the joy out of food.
Food is nourishment for your body, healing for your body, fuel for your body, and food brings people together. I’m sure just about any culture has food at the center of parties, social gatherings, and catch-ups.
This blog will take you on a journey through some of the recipes I have created on my own. While other recipes I have found and tweaked to meet my and my family’s taste buds.