When I was in college, I started researching the main causes of acne. I had been to the dermatologist and tried everything. I was reading that one of the main causes of acne was food allergies, especially to wheat. I decided to give up wheat for a week and see what happened. Not only did my skin clear up, but I felt amazing. I didn’t realize how tired I was until I stopped eating wheat. I also realized that my normal headaches and stomach aches had stopped.
I went to an allergist and did some skin tests. The allergist told me that it wouldn’t show much because what I really had were food intolerances. My body did not process certain foods well. I could go to the GI doctor to be tested for Celiac Disease, but my insurance didn’t cover it. The allergist suggested that I do an elimination diet. I was to eat chicken and rice and some basic vegetables for two weeks and then slowly add foods back in. I discovered that I felt so much better without eating wheat, oats, dairy, or artificial dyes. I had a lot of ear infections growing up, even in high school, and they disappeared after I eliminated dairy from my diet.
I haven’t had any form of gluten since 2005 and I don’t eat dairy anymore either. When I met my husband in 2009, he had already given up wheat and dairy for the same reasons. In addition to gluten and dairy, my husband also doesn’t eat corn, potatoes, or onions.
The recipes you will find on my blog are recipes that we love. We have taken some normal recipes and modified them to fit what our family needs. If you have any food allergies or sensitivities in your family, you will get used to cooking things from scratch. You may find that these things taste better than what you are used to eating.
Please note that I have a gas oven so the cooking time may be different on your oven. I only preheat for a few recipes. It will be noted in the directions.