If we have not yet had the pleasure, my name is Courtney. I am currently 23, and living in the South Metro of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. I have a cat, Haley, who I would give my life to. I also have a partner, Robert, who gives me life. I love my job, and have a fantastic family. All things considered, I am extraordinarily lucky.
Here we are. It’s the day after Christmas, 2015. The holidays are drawing to a close, celebrations are becoming less frequent, and the days are no longer vibrating with excitement. Yes. Here we are.
Along with the holidays ending comes a terrible realization, a sinking feeling I can no longer avoid: My food is making me sick.
I’ve done my very best to avoid this discovery, and no one can say that I haven’t tried to ignore it. As time goes along it just keeps getting harder and harder to keep it under wraps from myself.
Here’s what I know so far:
- I have a gluten allergy.
- I don’t do a fantastic job of being 100% gluten free
- I have a very sensitive tummy
- I feel ill after most meals
- I am a sugar addict
- I believe that my diet is negatively impacting my mental health
- If wellness is a war, I am losing.
Fortunately, I have a game plan. Over the course of 2016 I fully intend to cook everything I consume from scratch. “But, Courtney! WHY?!” Because I have to, that’s why. If I keep on going the way I am, I can’t see it ending well. Even if I take medications to help me with my nausea after eating, it’s only treating the symptoms, not the disease.
So here’s the goals:
- Eat more vegetables and fruits
- Drink more water
- Re-dedicate myself to a gluten-free lifestyle
- Do Better.
Here’s the exception to the rules:
- I am not a miracle worker. These things take time.
- I want to make my food from scratch, but I will be taking shortcuts within reason (ex: canned beans instead of dehydrated, canned tomato products instead of stewing my own tomatoes)
- I have no intention of throwing out everything in my cupboards, so the first few months might still have some pre-fab goods thrown in there.
- I expect R to eat what I make him, but I do not expect him to make himself everything from scratch
- I want to try and break my sugar addiction, but one step at a time. I’m more concerned with getting everything else in order before taking on that challenge.
- I will still go out to eat on occasion, but only if I have good faith they make their products from scratch.
Let’s give it a go, shall we? After all, I haven’t got a lot to lose.