I Never Thought I’d Eat Cod Liver Oil

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We used to eat cookies, and now we eat grapes. Photo by david.nikonvscanon

If you learn about food, it starts to feel like you only hear bad news. If every food has something wrong with it, then what are we supposed to eat?

Our family diet has changed dramatically in the last couple of years because of research and food intolerance. It can be overwhelming to say the least.

The latest food we’ve had to watch out for is sugar. Lane never ate much sugar anyway for two reasons:

  1. We haven’t told her about candy.
  2. There’s a shortage of baked goods at our house. (If you substitute flour and butter, is it still a cookie?)

Recently I found a recipe for a cookie that was both gluten and casein-free. It was a big deal, and we baked together, and Lane got to eat some since it was such a special treat. 

Four hours later at 11:30 p.m., Lane was jumping up and down on my bed. She couldn’t calm down after the sugar. For the next two days she turned into a crazy child after eating cookies.

So now sugar is added to the list of MSG, caramel color, gluten, casein, and a couple hundred processed ingredients that make Lane and Doug sick. It rules out the majority of packaged foods. 

My kitchen now holds products like psyllium, cod liver oil, and probiotics. We keep grains like quinoa, millet, and amaranth. We have almond milk, rice milk, and hemp milk. I had never heard of most of these before two years ago.

When I hear about other people feeling overwhelmed, trying to start over and learn how to cook with entirely new methods, and missing old comfort food, I can relate. My cooking now resembles experiments, with more failures than success. I don’t use any of my old recipes.

I could never have managed without people sharing their knowledge and experience online. It’s how I figured out Doug’s milk intolerance was due to casein, and he didn’t need the acid reflux medicine the doctor had prescribed. It’s how I first realized that Lane had a gluten intolerance, and she wasn’t just small like her doctor thought. 

Even though I’m reluctant to make more changes, I’m cheered that all of the changes are so much healthier. Food is personal and tied to so many past memories and feelings. I take it in little steps. My strategy is to choose food with as few “messed-with” ingredients on the label as possible. No one ever says “you know, I really think it would help you to eat more processed foods.”

A few more personal stories about changing food habits:

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Comments

  1. Sounds like you’ve got some excellent food detective work going on! My parents raised me sugar-free too. I had frozen grapes as sweets (you might want to try that in summer, they’re great fun to eat as long as Lane is old enough to know not to swallow them whole).

    Unfortunately, whether it was a result of this upbringing, or something else in my genetic makeup – it resulted in me being a complete sugar-monster the second i was able to choose my own food, lol. I’m trying to eat more healthily now, but i’ll always pass over a good meal for Mars Bar. Gah!

  2. It can be overwhelming, can’t it? I love how encouraging and supportive it is to read about other people struggling with the same things I do.

    Sugar is so bad for us, but not many people are told that. I don’t even keep white or brown sugar in the house anymore. We have sucanat that we use very rarely and some molasses and honey that we use in oatmeal. It took us a while to break our sweet tooths.

    It sounds like you’re doing a great job at nourishing your family. Thanks for linking to me :).

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  3. Since my daughter has food allergies, she probably eats healthier food than my husband and I. I really wouldn’t mind trading in our diets for better ones (even though we never eat junk), but my husband wants me to cook “regular” food (meatloaf, mashed potatoes -with whole milk and real butter, pizza, pasta with cheeses, etc). I don’t know what to do other than keep a fair balance, but I am afraid it will be expensive.

  4. Our homeschool group recently had a presentation on nutrition. I am trying to make more healthy choices for my family. I’m getting back to “real foods”….whole milk instead of 1%, real butter instead of margarine, no artificial sweetener, no high fructose corn syrup. I’m making changes slowly but my goal is to feed my family in a more healthy manner.

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  5. I have to eat like this too because of food allergies but it has been a real blessing to me.

    My doctor allows butter because it’s almost all fat. After the first three weeks with no sugar or treats, eating a buttered sweet potato was like eating pie! It was wonderful!

    Another tip that works for me is splurging for blueberries when I want to give the kids in my life a special treat. I find most kids rarely get these as they are perceived as too expensive. Therefore they gobble them down – their little bodies just seem to crave all the nutrients in them. I’ve never had one child turn their nose up at them and they usually ask for more.

    Don’t be surprised if your child is at the top of her class either. Most kids don’t get the nutrition that their brains need. If your child is getting a high quality fish oil, add extra points to this category!!

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  6. We have been reading Nourishing Traditions….what an excellent resource! Great info and great recipes and techniques.
    I haven’t necessarily given up on sugar, all of us can tolerate it, none of us have food allergies. My reasons for working hard at our diet is to go back to the way it was before all the processing and junk was added to the american diet.
    We’re cutting out hfcs, started drinking raw milk (Looking into a dairy goat) have backyard chickens, cooking everything from scratch, drinking kombucha, and on and on. I have never felt better!

  7. Last week I read an article about a woman who cured her thyroid imbalance with brewer’s yeast and progesterone cream. So I just added brewer’s yeast to my diet (blended with orange juice).

  8. the story of my life for the past 8 years has been dietary changes. It’s been hard at times but the health we experience because of it has been worth it.

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  9. Getting off the industrial food wagon is so hard. Our generation late 60′s-Late70′s) got totally brainwashed. We didn’t have one foot in old food culture, like our parents, to fall back on. (Fantastic poem and discussion on Casaubon’s Book called The Horses about this: http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/16/past-and-future-post-apocalyptic-novel-discussion/ )
    My kids get inundated with so much sugar and other crap at school that I don’t have any treats for them at home. I’ll address this with next year’s teachers because it really bums me out that I can’t make a cookie for my kids because they made “butterfly toast” out of white bread, twizzlers and frosting at school.
    We’ve been out on the lunatic fringe as far as food goes for about 2 years and it gets easier. Keeping abreast of the larger impact our food choices have on the world, keeping the feeling of entitlement in check, understanding how much better real food is for us and our families, embracing the liberating aspects of having limits, all help to lessen the occasional sting of keeping it simple.

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  10. I don’t think I’d say that we’ve really had to make changes in our diet, but I am very aware of what I stock in my pantry and refrigerator…..real, whole foods.

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  11. I get migraines on a regular basis, so we constantly adjust our diet to see if anything we’re eating affects the migraines. We’ve been on a slow foods/whole foods type of diet for some time now. I’m always surprised when we visit a friend and see that the food in their cupboards is packaged and processed. Real food is so much tastier than processed stuff.

    From reading some of the other comments, I see that many people make the move away from processed foods when the issue of food allergies crops up. It’s a shame it takes food allergies for us to realize just how good real food is.

  12. I am cracking up at the title because I just started taking cod liver oil about 3 weeks ago, but I am wishing I’d gotten the lemon flavor! I am trying to make changes in my family’s diet – baby steps. Juicing veggies a couple times a week is one way that I am working toward better nutrition. I am also finding new ingredients… things like quinoa, coconut oil, raw nuts. It feels so good when I stick to what I know is good for all of us. Thanks for sharing your journey!

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  13. SavvyChristine, several members of our local gluten intolerance group stopped having migraines when they went on a gluten free diet – no wheat, rye, barley, or non-certified oats. It’s all well and good to eat whole foods, but if the whole foods you’re eating – whole grain wheat, for example – are making you sick, these foods need to be eliminated. There is a steep learning curve to a gluten free diet, but once you’ve figured it out, it becomes second nature. In the past two years there has been a lot of new good gluten free products added to the market, especially online. Amazon.com has an extensive line of gf foods. OTOH, there are still many of the yucky gluten free items still out there, too. Don’t rely on non-authoritative sites for your information about gluten in food – there is so much misinformation out there. For example, caramel coloring does not have to be eliminated from your diet; distilled alchohol does not have to be eliminated; same with modified food starch and many other food items about which there are misconceptions. The recently passed Food Labeling Act was a big boon for those with gluten intolerance. However, barley is commonly used for flavoring and does not have to be labeled. Flavored teas will sometimes have barley in them. A good site for information is http://www.celiac.com .

  14. We don’t have any known food allergies at our house, though we changed a lot of our habits the past few years. Moving to Germany, they changed even more. I couldn’t read any of the boxes of packaged food, so we turned to a diet of the very basics, and it’s been wonderful.

    Everyone’s had interesting comments so far. I can’t wait to hear other thoughts.
    Katie

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  15. Rachel – your comment about Lane being small having to do with gluten intolerance intrigues me. One of my children is quite small, very unlike the other two, and I constantly question the doctor about this because it just doesn’t feel right. Could you give me some sources, such as books, etc. that you read that helped you form this hypothesis for your daughter, because I would be interested in reading them myself?

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  16. I also discovered our families gluten intolerance because of what I read online. One of my daughters is also very, very small and I now believe it is because of gluten intolerance. My other two children had a TON of symptoms of gluten intolerance, I just didn’t know it until I read about it. I had been trying ever since my kids went to solid food to figure out why they had so many weird reactions all of the time, but just didn’t know what they were reacting TO — but after we cut out gluten, all of their symptoms (AND my MIGRAINES!) went away. Amazing to feel so much better so quickly! It definitely takes time to adjust, to re-learn, but once you get it, it becomes easy and you feel much better.

    For all of you that are gluten-free, I buy a flour mix that is wonderful. I substitute it cup for cup in all of my old recipes (with the exception that you have to add more baking powder when a recipe calls for it) and it is WONDERFUL! Seriously, I use it in all of my muffin/cookie/pizza crust recipes that I have always used, and no one ever knows that they are eating something gluten-free.
    You can order it at:

    http://www.meistersgf.com

    They are a small, family-owned company in Illinois with great customer service and quick shipping.

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  17. These comments and stories are so interesting! Thanks for the frozen grapes tip, Camilla.

    Meriann, we use the fruit punch flavored cod liver oil. I like it better than the lemon flavor, especially in smoothies.

    Taylor, all the details for Lane’s gluten-free story are right here. I didn’t have any references, because at that time Lane didn’t have any illness or crankiness, so she didn’t fit “the profile” of classic symptoms. A friend who researched autism and gluten intolerance had read stories of kids craving the foods they were intolerant to, and Lane was a picky eater who loved crackers. I tried a gluten-free diet on her for a few weeks as an experiment, and her growth rate for weight doubled. Months later her body started showing severe illness with exposures to milk and gluten, so we were fortunate to discover it early.

  18. I just learned in the last few weeks that refrigerated, naturally pickled vegetables from the grocery store (my Whole Foods sells dill pickles and sauerkraut in this version) contains the good bacteria just like the much more expensive probiotics pills. (Of course, some yogurt does, too, but we don’t do dairy.) You can also make homemade pickles that have the same bacteria—the naturally fermented kind made from brine, not from vinegar. We eat a small dill pickle or a bit of sauerkraut with one meal per day now in lieu of taking a probiotic pill.

    It’s amazing how much better I’m feeling this month while we’re not eating cane sugar or non-whole-grain flours.

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  19. Oh, and for anyone looking for a resource about getting diagnosed for gluten and casein intolerance, the fairly recently published book The Gluten Connection ties together a lot of info that previously took each of us much more research. I think the doctor who wrote it might get a little overzealous about thinking gluten and casein are the potential cause of a thousand different illnesses, but then again, many people can be helped by the avoidance diet even if it’s not the actual cause of those illnesses.

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  20. Sally, that’s a great idea. I know the book Nourishing Traditions has a section on fermented food, but since a lot of it is dairy-based, we’ve been avoiding it. I’ll have to look into that. I love Whole Foods!

    Since so many people are mentioning migraines, I really think diet changes can help. MSG is one common culprit that I know about.

  21. I have two little ones who are gluten-free, too. Celiac disease is the most underdiagnosed disease in the United States, and the symptoms can be quite diverse and far-ranging! The only way to find out for sure is to go on a totally gluten-free diet and see how much better you and your loved ones feel. :)

  22. Oh yeah, I’ve changed my habits in the last years. I used to live with my mother, she uses a lot of frozen meals and sweets, eats little vegetables and fruit – and drinks sodas a lot. When I moved in with my boyfriend I gradually became aware of my bad habits and changed my taste. We have a varied diet with vegs, cereals, meat, fish and everything, bake our own cakes, eat much organic, avoid palm oil, cook from scratch… (Italian cuisine is so varied, it’s a pity not to try all those wonderful recipes.) I can’t believe how much I love fresh tap water now… and that I put half a spoon of sugar in my tea.

  23. Hi Rachel,
    Thanks for your post. I’ve changed my diet in the last couple years as I’ve gotten married and started cooking more and more. I’ve really increased the amount of vegetables I eat, and realised how many delicious variations there are.
    Like many other readers we try to stay away from HFCS, Hydrogenated oils, and all processed foods. We cook (almost) everything from scratch. I recently got Nourishing Traditions and have been adapting some of it’s tips as well.
    I can’t give up chocolate.
    I’ve found developing a passion for cooking has been the most useful thing in my life! And I hope we are setting a stable and nutritional foundation for any future children we have.
    Hope your food journey becomes more and more simple over the years, adapting around the varied needs.

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  24. My son doesn’t eat many sweets and knows they aren’t good for him. When we are around othr kids drinking soda pop, he knows why I say no and He doesn’t seem to mind. He doesn’t crave the sugar like the others do, since he rarely has it. When we are at b-day parties, he gets his fair share, but he know’s it’s “birthday food”. Not something we regularly eat or have around the house.

  25. I have just started to try healthier eating. I grew up thinking the only thing I really needed to worry about was fat and calories…but I have discovered that counting calories might help me lose weight, but it doesn’t help me develop a healthier body. I have been slowly making the transition over to whole grains, more veggies, less processed food, and sugar. My husband is very supportive…I think he likes the idea of being healthier as well. Thanks for posting and keeping us mindful of the foods we eat!

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  26. Those grapes look amazing! I’m going to grab some from my fridge right now.

    I was just writing as well about not letting kids know about candy – keeping it from them is never a bad idea. I grew up on a lot of junk food and I’d love for my three little ones to have a very different experience. So far it’s working!

  27. wow… in reading this post and the subsequent comments, i am having a lot of feelings–mostly good! it’s wonderful that so many people are willing to share their ideas openly and help each other. it’s fantastic that a growing mass of people are willing to make changes in their diet and lifestyle that are healthier for them and their families as well as better for our communities and the environment. there is a movement growing that i believe will have significant impact in our world, and that rocks.

    also, the networking helps me feel like i’m not alone. a couple of years ago, i, too, had to alter my diet due to minor but noticeably negative physical symptoms. i resisted the changes like nobody’s business! especially because i had to eliminate sugar and BOY do i have a sweet tooth! just like you wrote, rachel, and as many others have commented here, my cooking felt like experiments too, and i found myself spending an inordinate amount of time just FEEDING myself! it felt ridiculous. forget trying to plan time for exercise — i had to plan time to EAT!

    but now, even with what i consider to be a long list of “can’t eats”, i am loving what i eat, and it feels so much more manageable. i’m not sure what changed or how it happened. i think most of it has to do with focusing on what i CAN eat rather than what i can’t and just being really open-minded.

    anyway, i feel like i’m rambling. thank you for posting and sharing — please continue! and if you’d like some recipes for all kinds of gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, yeast-free goodies, let me know! i’ve accumulated a substantial list. yippee!

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  28. Everyone is different, but the sugar argument rages on. My son will be 30 this year. We kept him away from most sweets for a long time. I actually had to threaten my father with losing his rights to have him visit overnight if he insisted on feeding him presweetened cereal!

    He was accustomed to having unsweetened cereal with raisins as the “sweetener.” He was very happy with that. We gave him plain Cheerios when he was ready for “finger food.” He was happy with that too. My father accused me of being cheap. I told him that I would pay MORE for plain cereal if need be. My mother backed us up.

    The reason we did this was simple. Both my husband and I have struggled with weight problems all of our lives. I recently had weight loss surgery and have lost 60lbs. My husband was diagnosed with diabetes about 10 yrs ago. Neither of us wanted our son to have weight problems.

    Today he is over 6′ tall and slim. He is big but not in the least overweight. We don’t have a lot of short people in our family. (Funny when you consider that we are mostly Italian!)

    These sugar debates rage on and off. They were big in the 70′s into the mid 80′s. Doctors and scientists insists that kids are not affected by refined sugar. I think some are and some are not.

    I knew someone whose daughter had serious problems with hyperactivity. She took her off all refined sugars. She used honey instead. She said that it made all the difference.

    Doctors insist that mothers are just imagining it or are giving their children more attention, and that’s why the behaviors change. That may be true in some cases. However I think there are some children who just can’t take refined sugar.

    Perhaps raw sugar or honey or agave syrup might be a good substitute. It’s a shame to deny all treats. On the other hand, nobody needs cookies and candy every day. In the past they were special treats and should be treated as such.

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  29. We love sweets. We drink a lot of fruit smoothies, sometimes sweetened with agave or pineapple chunks. We have a really good local honey. I love good chocolate. It’s just the refined sugar that we’re looking out for, I don’t want Lane to give up treats entirely.

    I think giving kids stickers is a great substitute for candy when we want to do a special reward or treat.

  30. @Rachel: You’re welcome, i still enjoy them as a snack, lol. :)

    Interesting to read all these comments… i suffer from fairly regular migraines and headaches as well as tiredness, so i might give a few of these diet suggestions a go. Great topic and comment thread.

  31. I have to ask, why do you eat cod liver oil? I take fish oil everyday(in pills), same reason? Is it so Lane can have some too? Seems like a terrible thing to make yourself do, otherwise ; )

  32. Juliet, it’s very much like fish oil. It has Omega 3′s, DHA and vitamins A & D. Sometimes I take it in a capsule. We add the liquid to smoothies, so you can’t taste it.

  33. Thank you. I recently did a post on this exact subject. I feel like throwing in the towel and am so frustrated with intolerances!!

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  34. We also have to cook gluten free, and I actually do better going grain free. One of my daughters cannot tolerate cane sugar in any form, and my husband does best with no dairy, so I am right there with you! For treats, I have found the recipes at http://www.elanaspantry.com to be a lifesaver. Grain-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, and, most important, DELICIOUS!

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  35. Our own real food journey began with little steps, but we’ve come a long way. It doesn’t feel so much like we’re experimenting anymore, and we’ve settled into more of a routine. Thankfully, my kids are quite young and malleable, so it hasn’t been too difficult to get them to enjoy eating the food I prepare.

    My other friends? Not so lucky…

  36. Sugar makes my little guy crazy, too. If we do candy, I try to make my own diluted mixes such as semi-sweet chocolate chips with peanuts. That way there is something with substance to balance with the sugar/caffeine. We bring out the natural sugars in fruits a lot – homemade banana chips, baked sweet potato chips, and apple chips. Frozen fruits like bananas on sticks are good too, like the grapes (which are our fav in the summer – great add!). It is a great way to get kids interested in fruits and veggies by letting them come up with the ideas for new ways to try to change them a little.

    I am very interested in the diets you are all doing. The more I hear the more I want to try them. I just wonder if it would make us intolerant over time if we do not have allergies? In this area everything seems to be battered, fried, or drowning in sugar. I want us to be more healthy, but I am also nervous of changing too much from the norm simply because I do not want us to become sensitive when out with friends and visiting family (which we do a lot).

    BTW I use to have BAD migraines. I figured out hair products and perfumes, but had a really hard time figuring out my food culprit. It turned out to be onions. The reason it was so hard to track down even with a food diary is because the closer they are to raw the worse the headaches were and the more cooked the higher the chances of not getting one at all. (Someone may know why?) It has been a decade now since I had my last migraine. If you are trying to track yours down, you may want to keep in mind that different states of a single food might make a difference. Good luck!

  37. Though we’re not gluten free, we’ve definitely made huge changes in the way that we eat over the years, and we also avoid wheat and anything packaged.

    It can feel so overwhelming in the beginning to completely shift how you cook. I used to hate looking at cookbooks or my old recipe cards, because I knew they wouldn’t work anymore. Every time one of us has to do a restriction diet (to deal with candida, eczema, etc.) I go into a momentary panic mode as I try to figure out what on earth we can eat without wheat, tomatoes, beef, turkey, fish, dairy, etc. (that’s the current diet- it’s always changing!).

    I think the thing that is the most encouraging to me is that we do feel better when we make these changes. The kids are healthier. Health problems begin to fade and become distant memories. We slowly adapt to the new diet and learn to make it “normal”, and eventually, even comforting.

    You’ve made so many good changes for your family! They are so much better off for it, and one day you will probably find that it has become old hat (and I’m sure that to a degree, it is starting to in some areas). Hang in there, and know you’re amazing!

    And as for cookies, can you guys eat coconut, egg whites, vanilla and maple syrup? Because I know a great macaroons recipe! Email me if you want it. :)

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  38. Its good to meet other people in my shoes. I too cant eat gluten, dairy, soy, sugars, most other grains and so on. My ND told me to stock up on cod liver oil and a few other supplements that can benefit me as well.

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  39. Call me crazy, but I love the taste of cod-liver oil. Growing up we were “forced” to eat it by the spoonful on a regular basis. I remember protesting at the time, but somehow I’ve come to actually enjoy the taste.
    My husband and I live in the Middle East for work reasons and our diets have changed for the better. Without trying, I lost over 20lbs this past year! Incredible! Before moving here I was dependant on processed foods quite a bit for their convenience, etc. And I’m a person who likes to use LOTS of cream, butter, etc. in my cooking – which I know is not good for me, but makes everything taste so much better! I remember having constant stomach issues from my bad diet. Since moving here, we’ve been eating mostly the mediterrianian way. We have markets here 2 times a week with incredibly fresh meat and fish and produce, straight from the farm. My stomach issues have pretty much completely vanished! We are eating next to no processed foods and because of the heat, I’m drinking far more water than ever. But the weird thing is – I’m cooking with heavy cream and fresh butter (all without chemicals or preservatives) more than ever. I’m a daily coffee drinker that likes lots of cream and sugar in my coffee. I haven’t even cut out refined sugar and I’m still feeling almost 100% better. I’m now convinced it’s the processed foods that do it to us.

  40. I hate to rain on your parade and I do applaud most of your choices….but if you daughter was hyper you need to look further than sugar. Being a type 1 diabetic I can say that a high blood sugar does the opposite of making you hyper…It makes you very sleepy, tired and cranky. Falling into bed and sleeping is all you want to do. That is why everyone groans and sleeps following Thanksgiving dinner. Saying that sugar makes you hyper just is wrong physiologically. Blame her hyper activity on something else. Keep her away from sugar but don’t blame it. :)

  41. I have allergies to wheat and various other grains & nuts too. It was on-line that I first found out that it was also called an intolerance to gluten. I write down what I eat and attempt to keep foods simple, so if I have an reaction to something it’s easier to track what was the offender.

    Pizza was my favorite, but now I can’t really eat it because of the wheat. It’s particularly hard when it gets cold, my body craves something for filling like carbs. But I’m having to learn to let go of the offenders.

    It’s making me not liking to cook as much as I used to, so I attempt find or cook recipes with the simplest ingredients. Don’t get me talking about grocery shopping, because of wanting to eat healthy on a fixed budget — which adds more to the challenge of eating organic vs. foods with pesticide.

    Eating healthy is my biggest challenge. By the way I take cod liver oil too (even though I allergic to certain fish), drink almond milk and do various other things. I was drinking soy, but read and was told by a nutritionist that it causes a lot of problems too. So I went back to drinking a bit of organic milk (after being off of it for years) and attempted to drink goats milk but found that it taste kind of hairy. Food is one of my biggest challenges by far and one of the most expensive.

    Oh well, what’s one to do — other than taking it one day at a time and keep making changes little by little. That’s why enjoy I like finding people like you and other commenters, who may be going through similar situations with food. Also, the internet has helped me keep more informed. And this is why I just love, love, love the word…simple. :)

  42. Jessica says:

    Our family is going through the same changes. Changes are coming left and right and are driving my husband bonkers. Better for the family though.

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