Several years ago I shared our story in a guest post over on Lexie's Kitchen, and I feel the same way about food now as I did then. I hope that by giving this story a home here as well, I might offer some ideas and inspiration to other families who wish to change the way they eat to improve their health.
Six years ago, at thirty-five years old, I had long considered myself a healthy eater. I ate a balanced diet with lots of fresh fruit and veggies, made many meals from scratch, and tried to avoid a lot of the foods that I knew weren't good for me. However, it took an unhappy period of illness for me to notice that there were more processed, unhealthy foods than I realized in my cupboards, fridge, and freezer, and that I still had quite a bit of room for improvement in the way I cooked and ate. This discovery was the beginning of a food journey that has been inspiring and rewarding for our whole family.
In the time just before I made some really significant changes to my diet, I went through several months of feeling very unwell. I was constantly tired, anxious and foggy-headed, had inflammation and pain throughout my body, and my digestive system was stressed. After visiting my family doctor's office many times and trying out different medications to no avail, I finally, out of desperation, decided to see a naturopathic doctor to see if I could find a solution. With her help, I discovered (among other things) that I had several food sensitivities, and I followed her suggestions to remove dairy, gluten and cane sugar from my diet. You can imagine how overwhelming it must have felt to suddenly realize that many of the foods I had always eaten and loved were best avoided if I wanted to feel better.