In our house you were not allowed in the kitchen when Mom or Grandma were cooking. Both had very small kitchens, "Blair Lynn, there is not enough room for you to be in here!" They would both shoo everyone out. They would run the meals themselves. By the time the meal was served they were exhausted.It is no wonder that I had no interest in cooking growing up.
A couple of year past before I cooked for a boy again. This time I was a little wiser in the kitchen and he KNEW how to cook. At that first meal we cooked together. I had no idea that more than one person could be in the kitchen at one time, let alone a man. I knew this man was special! Two years later he asked me to marry him.
As I got older I too developed a love for reading cookbooks. I guess that came naturally. I loved learning about spices, fruits and vegetables that I had never heard of and dreamed of the day when I would be able to experiment with them.
My one claim to fame in cooking occurred at one of the first chili cook-offs I ever entered. It was called "Nehlen Chili". I was hoping to score with the WVU theme (Don Nehlen was the head football coach at the time). My chili was so hot it was guaranteed to make you beg for someone to put out the fire! It worked. I won best chilli, most popular chili, and WVU themed.
I tried GFCF diet once before and failed. I never really gave nor had the opportunity to succeed I keep telling myself. Our resources were limited. Our finances were limited. But the hardest thing was we saw great results with the boy. I never really gave up the diet. I still bought snack GF and as much as I could afford thinking that some were better than nothing. Let's face it. With the GFCF diet it is all or nothing. When the youngest daughter developed server GI issues became a necessity. Her health depended on it.
We were in a different city, financial situation and need. So instead of tip toeing at the edge of being GFCF, I dove in. Full committed. To the point my husband thinks it is over kill. Not only has the children's diet changed but ours have as well. Someday there will no longer be white bread, white sugar or rice in our house.
So know you know why we became GFCF. Why did you?
Our youngest daughter has lost 10 pounds. The boy has lost 6 pounds. The daughter reports that she feels better. She has more energy and can focus better. She does not scream in the bathroom any more. she still has belly pain but nothing like she did. Baby steps, Baby steps.