2014 … The New You

So, 2013 was the year of surprises for us. We finished up with all the major renovations by October … yes, we did them all ourselves and our marriage did survive. I tell you, if your marriage can survive major home renos then, you can get through anything! Since finishing things up we’ve had another hearing test for Mr. O and things seem to be looking up. His hearing has improved. Along with the mold removal (for a long time I was afraid to tell anyone I had mold for fear of judgement, but not anymore … I think lots of people have the same problems we did.) we’ve done some diet changes as well. My ENT is supportive of the naturopathic streak I have in me, so that is good. Regardless of whether or not he was supportive, I would still try all sorts of things to get this hearing loss cleared up or at least have a concrete answer for it. So, forward we march. Maybe we’ll never know, but I can’t just leave any “what if’s” hanging around.

So, that brings us to 2014 and it pretty much sums up Mr. O’s life in a nutshell. Miss C on the other hand has been dealt the same hand when it comes to allergies. She is also off dairy, gluten, peanuts and for her, soy as well. Soy is what makes her “crazed” and “unmanageable”. So, we steer far away from it. So far, since beginning this journey with the kids, things have come a long way. So, why am I starting this blog and this website? Well, as you now know, our journey to health has been a long one. And, sometimes it has been a test of strength for myself and consequently the kids. But, seeing how healthy the kids both are … makes it so very worth every step we’ve taken to get here. When we slip and the kids eat something they shouldn’t, we know it immediately. And, depending on what it is, the personality change can last up to five days. And, after that it’s like they snap back into reality and have no recollection of what went on. I still find it baffling to see Mr. O change personalities so quickly, and most people don’t believe me when I tell them that he becomes aggressive, inattentive, hyperactive, mean, obsessive, etc. Also, he wets the bed, has dark circles under his eyes and gets tonsillitis at times if we slip. So, at all costs we tend to avoid situations where we can’t control what is being fed to our kids. So, for the most part we eat at home, only eating out at restaurants when absolutely necessary, like when we are travelling. My family is super supportive of our lifestyle and I no longer have a problem eating at their homes. Even my 83 year old grandmother has us over for dinner and is always very concerned that she doesn’t slip up and add something the kids aren’t supposed to have. But, not everyone supports our decisions, and this by far has been the hardest to deal with. I mean, how can you not support something that is creating healthy children? But, I’m sure those non supportive family members think I’m uber granola and probably doing it for the attention. Yes, you heard me say it. Over the course of four years doing this with Mr. O, I’ve not only learned a great deal about myself, as a parent, but as myself, as an individual. I’ve had to learn to be confident and say, “Hey, if you don’t agree with my decisions, then fine. It’s still my decision and I stand by it.” Yes, we’ve learned to have a backbone and stand up to people who don’t support us and our way of life. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been hard …  but seeing our kids healthy, happy and full of life is worth it for us. I’m sure there are lots of people out there who experience what we have … unsupportive families. And, I’m here to tell you … your health is worth it. Buck the system and challenge their thoughts and ideas and who cares what other people think. They’ll get over it eventually. Okay, I’m ranting now, I’ll stop. 🙂 Life is too short to spend it worrying about what other people think of you and to be afraid of being healthy.

So, back to the question, why did I start this? Well, I want to share my ideas with all of you. To inspire you. So, you too, can change your life. I want to share what I know with you, so you can have what took me 4 years to figure out. I mean, before Mr. O went gluten free, I had never even baked a loaf of bread myself. I was a darn good cook in the gluten world, but being gluten free sure changed that. It was like I had to relearn what to do in the kitchen. And, there were a lot of flops. I mean straight to the garbage can …. no salvaging anything. So, it my opportunity to provide you with the essentials so you too can be the gourmet gluten free, allergen free chef that you want to be. Stay tuned and I’ll share some family recipes that I have converted to gluten free, dairy free, soy free, peanut free and citrus free.  Wow! That’s a mouthful!

Cheers to 2014 and to a new you!

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