It has been a while since I have been on here. So much has happened since the unexpected shut down of our Little Red Farm Stand food group! I went back to school! I am almost finished with my first college class after a 20 year break. Because I have been stay-at-home-mom for 15 years, going back to school has been tough. My brain doesn’t work on the read-a-textbook-that-I am-not-necessarily-interested-in-then-answer-questions about-what-I-just-read level. Three weeks into this whirlwind 5 week class and my brain cells are WAKING UP! I am enjoying the mental stimulation and looking forward to the next semester starting in 3 weeks.
Six weeks ago I successfully cut all forms of refined sugar, wheat, and dairy out of my diet. After a 20 year addiction, I managed to cut out my glass of sweet tea in the morning and my daily soda. Unfortunately, 5 weeks later, I had a piece of gluten free cake. That was my undoing. I would have never believed that sugar is that addictive had I not experienced the power of the cravings myself. I also didn’t realize that allowing myself to “cheat”, made it very easy to let my kids cheat on their wheat/gluten free diet, too.
Although it was nice to eat pizza at a friend’s birthday party on Saturday and eat regular food at the church potluck on Sunday, it has not been worth the price we are paying. The kids are ANGRY! Five year old Aaron was sent to his bed for a minor infraction this morning and sat banging his head on the wall. One year old Silas is pulling his own hair and hitting himself in the head when frustrated. Nine year old Timothy is constantly picking and aggravating all of his siblings. Fourteen year old Brook Lynne is down with something that resembles a tummy bug, but may just be tummy distress due to eating her own personal cryptonite: pinto beans. I will tackle my own crazy addiction to sugar again soon. For now, I am contented to focus on getting my kids back on track.
I started this blog to chronicle my family’s journal to food freedom. With eight children plus my husband that have differing food allergies, life has felt like a not-so-gilded-cage. The comment that most moms say at some point in parenting, “I am not a short order cook,” is completely untrue in our household. In order to tackle these food allergies and sensitivities, I AM A SHORT ORDER COOK. With creativity and a little ingenuity plus a lot of thinking outside the box, we are getting this done. Talk to you again soon!