When Your Healing Doesn’t Come

My journey with chronic illness has been both painful and long. My story is being featured this week as part of a series on Brave Women.

Truth be told, I have been more afraid than I have brave.

The last five years my life has revolved around immune-suppressants, flare-ups and fear. I did everything I could to optimize my health. I went dairy-free, gluten-free, corn-free, egg-free; all at the same time for a long time. I saw a naturopath, took enzymes, a regimen of pills, and drank dirt.

But I was still sick.

For years, I wrestled with God. Why me? Where are you, God? Did you forget about me? Don’t You see? Do you even care? 

If you’ve been curious about my journey with chronic illness or ever wondered where God is in the midst of chronic pain, please check out this post! God is answering my prayers, just not the way I expected.

I hope and pray my story will encourage you wherever you are at, in whatever battle you may be facing today.

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Check out more inspiring stories in Becky Beresford’s Brave Women Series

If Your Digestive Pain Won’t Go Away, Try This…

If digestive pain won't go away try thisTired of bloating, gas, abdominal pain or bowel trouble?

Reoccurring digestive issues can really cramp your style.

So you look to your doctor for help but he tells you it’s “all in your head” (wait…I thought it was my gut?). He labels you with a confusing acronym (IBS, IBD, SIBO) and sends you out the door.

Desperate for relief, you turn to the natural community. You sign up for an enormous amount of supplements, enzymes, cleansing treatments and spend all your money on whatever promises to heal you.

But what if you try it all and you STILL aren’t better?  Continue reading

10 Last Minute Super Bowl Ideas for Low Fodmap, Gluten and Dairy Free

Every. Single. Year.

It’s not like I don’t know February is coming. But somehow I always find myself panicking before that first Sunday. Because when the Ultimate Game Day is just around the corner, only one serious question remains.

What will we eat?10 Superbowl Ideas

Priorities, people. Priorities. When there are pigskin fans in your home, there’s only one thing that makes or breaks the game.
Food. And beer. And a working TV. And those comic relief commercial breaks.

Ok, ok. But back to food. Continue reading

5 Thanksgiving tips for the low fodmap and gluten free

Food sensitivities got you down? Don’t let your diet restrict your holiday this season.

Here are 5 tips for planning a delicious Thanksgiving dinner without all the stress on your stomach!

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Awesome Berry Crisp: a low fodmap recipe

Lamenting the fact that you can’t have apple crisp or apple pie this year? Need to lose yourself in some comfort food after the election week?Low Fodmap Berry Crisp

While it may not seem very fallish, this crumble dessert takes the cake! I made this batch of low-fodmap berry crisp for myself and my family ended up eating it all. To my amazement, they chose this dessert over apple pie for Thanksgiving next week.

Below is what I came up with after making a few fodmap-friendly adjustments, Continue reading

Hearty No Bean Chili: low-fodmap and gluten free

Today, Captain America, Scooby Doo, and Superman visited my doorstep. Not gonna lie, when little miss bunch of grapes rang my doorbell, I about died.

I don’t know who is more giddy, me or the trick-or-treaters. But one thing is for sure. When you’re spending some serious time visiting the neighbors, you’ve got little time for much else.

Like dinner.No Bean Low Fodmap Chili

Since when did Trick-or-Treating expand to FOUR HOURS? That’s a serious stash of candy, my friends.

If you want more than candy for dinner this week but don’t want to put in the time, I’ve got you covered. We ended this year’s chilly Halloween with a hearty bowl of…you guessed it…weeknight Chili.

Throw it in the slow-cooker and forgetta bout it. Perfect for those busy Fall nights! Continue reading

Tomato Basil Tuna Salad

Cooler weather means it’s time to use up those garden leftovers before it’s too late. So I spent an hour last night gathering up all the goodness.title4

On a random side note, witnessing our first frost last year was most fascinating. One moment my flowers were beautiful and thriving and then literally in 12 hours they were black, shriveled, and lifeless. I was actually shocked how much damage frost can do in an instant. Hmm…feel like there’s a spiritual analogy in there somewhere… Continue reading

Low Fodmap Grilled Mahi-Mahi with Pineapple Salsa

My favorite part about summer? The gas grill. Throw on just about any meal, toss in a few sides and you’ve got yourself a winner.

Officially on my Make-It-Again List, this recipe gets all three stamps of approval.Grilled Mahi Mahi Pineapple Salsa

That’s right. This fish dish is gluten free, dairy free, and low fodmap! Not to mention full of omega 3’s, clean ingredients, and no sugar added! The combination of jalapenos, Cajun seasoning, and fresh pineapple gives it the perfect balance between sweet and spicy.

This is a great way to enjoy a healthy dinner today without the digestive pain tomorrow!

But enough about that. On to the important stuff. Continue reading