Wow! what a year it has been!
I feel like a mother celebrating her baby's 1st birthday. I have been so busy keeping up with the demand that I am not sure where the time has gone and yet in some ways I am glad the learning curve of the past year is behind me. I have cleaned out my kitchen, reorganized everything, learned a new way of eating, shopping, cooking and storing food. Along the way I found out my 4th child and 2nd son, Alex, also does not tolerate gluten which stepped up the challenge even more.
The results of all my efforts?
- I have easily lost 20 lbs.
- My once falling out (I lost about 1/3 of it) hair is back, full and healthy.
- My depression is gone (I am waiting to see what happens this Winter, it was always worse in the Winter).
- My arthritis (yes, diagnosed with arthritis in my 30's!), is gone, atleast I haven't felt that awful ache for months.
- My energy is back! Most days I can go till late into the evening without that overwhelming urge to sleep.
- My creative side has returned, I once again have energy to cook new things, learn yoga, garden, create this blog, and quilt.
- My life is back and I really think I got the better end of the deal, no gluten and no dairy but tons of emotional and physical energy, I am happy to give up the gluten (and dairy) for the rewards. In fact when someone pulls that sad, "Oh I am so sorry for you" face I just smile because I know I am the one coming out ahead.
- I have learned a different way to order when eating out, and am so thankful for good waitresses/waiters who make sure I don't get sick from what I eat.
- I am also very thankful for a supportive husband and kids who have tried many new foods over the past year: rice milk, rice noodles, araepas, amaranth, millet, buckwheat, tapioca, spring rolls, sushi, gf pie crust, cake, cookies and countless "something I just thought would be good" kinds of recipes that sometimes turned out but sometimes didn't. They all laughed along with me when it didn't.
- Alex has grown in the last 6 months and is now "average" on the growth chart. He is also much happier.
Here's to next year! I am starting a GF cooking group in my town and looking forward to many more posts on this blog.