Well, well, well, hello there! Do you still exist? Do I still exist? Sometimes I’m not so sure.
Every time I write these days, it seems that I’m apologizing for an extended absence, and promising a return to a regular cadence. And yet, I can’t seem to recommit to a regular schedule. The daily grind just gets me every time! I think at this point it might be wise to stop trying to out-smart real life, and instead start being grateful when I can carve away a few minutes to sit down and write.
Ironically, I started a new diet last week and can no longer consume gluten (or spelt, millet, or oats), dairy, eggs, honey, or fruit. Crazy right? You’re probably wondering, what can she eat?! The answer is: lots of vegetables and protein! I’ve been battling daily stomach aches for years and years, and have spent countless dollars on different doctors and tests with no relief. I took a couple of years off of trying to find a solution to give my sanity, and my wallet, a much-needed break, but this fall I finally decided to pursue a new kind of testing – called Nutritional Response Testing – as a final hail Mary. The testing is unlike anything I’ve ever done, and takes a completely different approach to treating your body that seems unconventional, but I decided it was time to try something new. So I’m on a whole slew of supplements and a very limited diet… for the next 4.5 months.
I won’t lie, this is a devastating change to my normal routine. I’ve tried elimination diets before, but this one feels like a new kind of torture. Cheese and chocolate are my favorite foods, and no single day goes by without consumption of a dessert, generally of the baked or frozen, creamy variety. So the idea of facing more than 4 months of my life abstaining from those things? Sad, scary, and downright depressing. But if health and comfort awaits on the other side, then I’ve decided, I am all in.
I made these cookies months ago, but they’re really good for any time of the year. While I can’t eat hardly anything in these cookies anymore, I can think back on the memory of eating them fresh and gooey from the oven, and try to hold onto those memories until I can eat these cookies again. Let’s hope that day comes, and fast!
In the meantime, I hope you’re all enjoying a return to fall temps, and here in New England, warm boots, cozy sweaters, infinity scarves, and holiday coffee beverages. I know I am!