A Year Ago…

…I started this blog. It was roughly two years prior to that day that my husband suggested I start a blog. At the time of his suggestion, I was following a lot of blogs, always hunting for recipes ideas. But I couldn’t imagine what I would say if I started my own blog. I didn’t even know what I’d want to blog about. At the time I was working in the corporate world and didn’t have the time to write a blog. So many excuses…..

But for some reason the idea of blogging appealed to me, and the idea kept returning to my head periodically. But I still didn’t know what I would blog about, so I didn’t. Then the idea of starting a blog became more and more persistent. Then…….FINALLY…….I knew what I wanted my blog to be about! I wanted to post my recipes, the ones I use ย daily that we all enjoy. I wanted to give people healthy, everyday meal ideas that are based on real food and which are in line with Weston A Price Foundation principles.ย Nothing fancy, just healthy, everyday meal ideas.

Well amazingly, a year has passed and I have posted 107 recipes!!! ย The first recipe I posted was Lamb’s Fry and Bacon. Sadly, my husband was the only person to comment ๐Ÿ™ But this is actually a very tasty way to eat liver and we still enjoy this dish! However organ meats never get anyone very excited, so let’s take a quick peek at some of my most-viewed recipes over the last 12 months:

Spaghetti Squash Bakeย (this one wins hands down!)
Butternut Squash Soup w/ Coconut Milk
Homemade Chicken Stock
Moroccan Lamb Stew
Shrimp Cake Bites
Raw Liver Smoothie
Beet and Cabbage Kraut
Multi-Purpose Crepes/Tortillas
Lamb Kofta w/ Yogurt Mint Sauce

And here are some of my personal favorites that aren’t listed above:

Stuffed Peppers
Moroccan Chicken Casserole
Thai Chicken Salad
Thai Seafood Red Curry
Italian Chicken and Sausage Crockpot
Mexican Hamburger Soup
Turmeric and Ginger Smoothie
Chicken Nachos

But things have been a little slow lately, I’ve had to step back from blogging a little bit to take care of some personal stuff. In an effort to get to the bottom of some ongoing health issues, I’ve been working with a nutritionist to identify my food sensitivities and the status of my gut health. Three weeks ago I received my food sensitivity test results and had the wind knocked right out of my sails. I am highly sensitive to wheat, cow dairy, soy, tapioca, potatoes, cabbage and walnuts. I am moderately sensitive to apples, tomatoes, bananas, asparagus, salmon, cane sugar and caffeine. This many sensitivities shouts leaky gut loud and clear, so now I have to get a GI panel done to hopefully find out what’s going on.

So needless to say, I’ve been struggling for the last several weeks to eliminate all of these foods from my diet, while making sure that I’m carefully rotating the remaining foods in my diet to avoid developing anymore sensitivities. And then there’s been the die off, fatigue, wild blood sugar swings and other adjustments that my body has been going through during this elimination phase.

Bottom line – I had a bunch of recipes in the pipeline that I was working on that I’ve had to park because they contain one or more of the foods which I cannot currently eat, therefore I can’t continue testing them. I need to start working on new recipes that are safe for me, but so far I have been in survival mode rather than creative mode.

But I will get there! I need to eat, I need new recipes, I need variety in my meals. I have fresh ideas! Recipes are in the pipeline. In the meantime, thank you to my readers, thank you for all of your support over the last 12 months. I love hearing from you, and I hope you’ll stick around for another 12 months and more!

Take care
Debbie

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16 Comment

  1. daisy says: Reply

    I’m so sorry you are having to deal with all of this. We have many of the same food sensitivities here. Thank you so much for helping others as you figure out new recipes and menu plans. Blessings be…

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      Hi Daisy, I’m constantly amazed at how many people are dealing with food sensitivities, and there are probably so many more who have food sensitivities but aren’t aware of it. I think it is a big problem. Thanks for your support ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Congrats on your 1 year blogiversary. My first year I only had 14 posts.

    Sorry to hear about your sensitivities. But hopefully in the long run it will make things much better. And at least with blogland, I am sure you will find many recipes that you can try with your sensitivities.

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      Thanks Suzy! You’re right that it will be better in the long run…..but giving up certain foods is so hard that sometimes you leave it until you feel quite yucky (like I did!), because that’s the motivation that you need to make the necessary changes.

  3. Hope you’re feeling better soon, Debbie! I’ve also been out of touch much of this summer with all the summer activities. But I’m so glad I stopped by today to catch up and see what you’ve been up to. I’ll be praying for you! Lots of blessings, Kelly

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      Thanks Kelly, you are a good friend ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Kelly says: Reply

    Please take care of yourself first! Because, when you get there, you’ll probably share 535 (5x this year’s total) new recipes with us. Then, we will all benefit! In all seriousness, food allergies are a danger. Putting yourself first will guarantee a better outcome for you and a huge blessing for your family. I will be interested to hear how the GI panel comes out, if you share. I’m too nervous to let them run the allergy tests on me. Heck, I have so many issues that I am afraid to learn what would be left for me! Good luck!

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      Hi Kelly, thanks for your support ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you decide to take the plunge one day and get to the bottom of your issues too. It’s not easy, but the alternative is worse – you said yourself that leaving these things unchecked is dangerous. But the good news for both of us is that there is a great community of food bloggers out there providing recipe ideas for almost any type of food sensitivities that you can imagine! There is a lot of support out there ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Wow! What a blow to find out you’re sensitive to so many foods. I admire your positive attitude and I look forward to all the new recipes you will create! I know they’ll all be delicious! Cheers to another great year!

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      Thanks Rebecca, you are the best!

  6. Karen says: Reply

    Thanks for all of you liver recipes! I just got some chicken livers today after helping a friend butcher her meat chickens. I want to try your liver pate and of course I will be using the livers in my smoothie after I read it on one of your posts. Take care and don’t forget to consume lots of bone broth to help heal and seal your gut!
    Keep the wonderful recipes coming!

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      Hi Karen, you are so right about the bone broth! I will make sure I do that. I hope you enjoy the chicken liver pate! I plan to make it again soon too ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I’m so sorry to hear about the food sensitivites. I love your blog and have read enough here to see that you are very creative. A change in diet is always a big challenge, but I’m sure you’ll find creative solutions. Best wishes to you and congrats on your 1 year milestone.

  8. Congrats on hitting your one year mark darling. We’ll be thinking of you as you work out your health problems.

  9. mjskit says: Reply

    First of all – congratulations on your one year of blogging! My husband talked me into blogging also! So funny. ๐Ÿ™‚ I now need to go and check out some of your earlier recipes. So sorry to hear about all of your sensitivities! That’s a lot of stuff girl! It’s hard to change one’s diet, but once you feel the difference it makes to your everyday life, it will get easier. So hang in there and good luck to you! I’m looking forward to seeing some of the recipes you develop for your new diet.

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      Thanks MJ, it’s been a bumpy ride so far….but I’m sure I’ll get there!

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