IT IS ALL ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS!
– ALLERGIES COVERED BUT NOT REQUIRED –
I hear so many people say they used to be able to eat anything they wanted. I believe that we were always intolerant. We just got on with our lives not paying attention to the signals from our body.
My day, the day we all say, “I just can’t eat that anymore”, came early in life. Knowing I had to change my diet came much later. Right around my thirtieth birthday a lucky piece of advice changed my life for the better, forever.
The Carroll Test – a quick blood test that would reveal my food intolerances, not just allergic reactions was the perfect place to start cleaning the slate . The test revealed that I could not eat dairy at all or consume fruit and cane sugar at the same time. This was better than an allergy test because it got to the root of the problem. I believed that finally the actions I take will yield positive results and boy did they ever!
To be completely honest, most people would have been very upset to learn they could not eat any one of those items. For me, the information was the support I needed to stay vigilant for my health. I was right that it was the food I was eating.
Back To The Drawing Board
Sometimes, getting started is the hardest part. My personal journey did not begin with dramatic changes to what I ate, but the more I learn, the farther I go from where I began.
When I stopped eating dairy and sugar, my immune system improved. Among other issues, my very severe seasonal allergies disappeared. In the past, I would sneeze from morning to night, April to July. Now I hardly suffer a sniffle, my intestinal issues are virtually gone and only cause problems if I mistakenly eat something I cannot tolerate.
It was about five years into my new dairy and sugar free lifestyle, I discovered I was also Celiac. I cannot process gluten of any kind. Five years after that, I discovered I could not have any form of yeast. Just this last year, I realized I cannot tolerate any alcohol sugars (erythritol, maltitol, xylitol, etc.), citric acid, or fermented items like vinegar, wine, lactic acid or cream of tartar.
For many, these discoveries might have thrown them into a pretty serious depression. But not me! By now I knew what to do. After two decades, I also knew that I had found the final pieces of my puzzle. I am able to live an allergen free lifestyle with no more painful symptoms, at any level.
I gladly went back to the drawing board. Equipped with my love of being in the kitchen, I got busy designing new recipes that utilize alternative ingredients.
Pudding With A Plan
Due to my busy lifestyle and intolerance to so many common ingredients, I had to create a healthy on-the-go menu so I didn’t get hungry while I am away from home.
Ever since I was little, I have had a serious sweet tooth and I absolutely live for dessert. I think that’s why I created Deceptive Delights™. I developed a way to eat pudding for a meal! My whipped dessert cups were decadent and provided real nutrients and whole foods at the same time.
My cups were such a hit! I sold them through local natural markets like Marlene’s Market and Deli’s, Metropolitan Markets and even Whole Foods – the same places I learned to be discerning as I shopped for the specialty items I needed to make my favorite foods. Which led me to the next phase of my career.
I am now helping others easily live and eat well in spite of food allergies and intolerance. Developing the right shopping list is the first step to a successful diet. By combining just the right foods at the right time, you can unlock door to vitality and sustained wellness.
The main building blocks of a perfect shopping list are single source ingredients. These are whole foods like vegetables, free-range nature fed meats, and many bulk bin items. By focusing on these ingredients, you are able to truly take control of what goes into your body and make any recipe allergen free and delicious! The perfect shopping list begins with single source ingredients but also includes carefully selected prepared foods from natural food stores. With the right tools and a plan, you can prepare a diverse and successful menu on any budget by shopping in conventional and warehouse grocery stores.
My unique path has offered me many significant insights to health but they all share one thing in common; the health building tenets of this path can work for anyone – those with food allergies and intolerances and those without. So much of the research that has been conducted since my personal discovery has shown that many of the foods that I had difficulty with are the same ones many others cannot tolerate. In other words, the lessons I learned may be helpful to just about anyone.
To achieve a lasting and enjoyable allergen free lifestyle, it is more important than ever to find out how your food is made and to know every ingredients used, especially if it is not a single source ingredient. Honestly, when you first hear what you cannot eat, it will seem like there is nothing you can eat, or anywhere you can go to get food. But, once you are on the right path, it is amazing how much variety is out there for everyone; from single intolerance, such as gluten intolerance, to a complex set of intolerances such as mine.
I love teaching people how to take control of what they consume and lead a happier, healthier lifestyle. It has become my truest passion and the core of what I do. More than anything, I enjoy helping others create the foods they love – foods that helps them thrive!