We are back after an incredibly long break from posting and cooking amazing meals. There are some pretty great excuses that we will be expanding on in upcoming posts. This includes a complete directional change of our blog, given health and dietary changes that we have learned to adjust to recently. However, our main excuse and our main joy is a little girl named Lucy.
Lucy is almost a year old and we cannot believe how quickly she has grown! She is a little chatterbox who scoots around all day and loves to make us laugh and smile. We adore our sweet girl and have adopted a great routine with her. This routine includes fast meals so that we can spend our evenings playing with her and putting her to bed. No longer are we focusing on elaborate meals, and have instead created cooking shortcuts that we live by each night. We love how these quick fixes give us more time to engage with sweet Lucy. With this focus, our dinners rotate weekly, and we end up cooking the same fifteen things each month.
The main reason why our meals have gone from exciting to predictable and simplistic, is because I was diagnosed this summer with Celiac Disease. I went from indulging in everything gluten to making very strict changes and choices. My journey of finding out the diagnosis has been a thankfully quick process, but learning how to cook, cope and live with it, is an ongoing experience that I have decided to document here. Food has become something that I now have a love/hate relationship with, and I am trying to learn to trust it again. Some days I am very positive about having to eat gluten free, and other days, it feels exhausting having to go out of my way to eat safely.
Lucy also has food issues, making my relationship with food even more trying. Hers is a journey that I do not know how to begin, and she is exclusively breastfeeding without formula or any other supplements. Every time she eats anything, her body rejects it. Any time she ingests any type of food, she vomits several times and hours later. Worried with this pattern and that it was anything we fed her, we consulted her doctor who had her stop eating altogether for months. With hope that she has outgrown this, we are now reintroducing very small amounts of food and will hopefully get more answers through this new, slow process. This might be a long journey, or maybe food will start agreeing with her soon! Lucy’s food difficulties, paired with my diagnosis has made eating something that is not always enjoyable for us.
This food blog has always been a fun way to be creative and show things that we are experimenting with in our kitchen. However, I now want to use it in a different way. First, I think it might be therapeutic to document our cooking in order to find positivity in making meals again. I would like to rebuild my relationship with food and find things that I can trust and enjoy. I also want to find variety in my gluten free meals, and maybe through blogging again, we can build it. Lastly, we want to help others who may have food restrictions like mine. We were lucky that we know our way around a kitchen and didn’t previously rely on eating out. With Celiacs, it is very difficult to eat anything outside of your own home, so hopefully we can provide simple tips and tricks for helping others. Through this new way of life, we have developed so many fast meals that we want to share with our readers.
This gluten free chocolate chip zucchini bread is something that Dan made for us this weekend. He followed a recipe, so here is the delicious link. If you read our blog, you know how horrible I am at baking, and gluten free baking is something that only Dan has bravely tackled in our house. The recipe was simple (for him), and was an incredibly tasty treat for breakfast! Dan by the way has been amazing during this process and has embraced gluten free life like an absolute champ. His new favorite thing is baking wonderful treats like this bread to show me that I can still indulge without gluten.
Thank you for following this new journey, and we cannot wait to show you all of our quick, gluten free meals that we have been making lately. With a busy baby and this new lifestyle, I am sure that there will be so much more to share. We hope to open up more about Celiac Disease, our food changes, and quick fixes for making gluten free meals on the go. And of course, we hope to share more about our silly little Lucy girl.