Hello. Welcome to Recipe Idea Shop, where we give you recipes for comfort food with a healthy twist.
In addition to Valentine’s Day—making me think of chocolate—February is my birthday month. And it’s Heart Health Month. I will feature some of my favorite heart healthy recipes, along with my favorite cakes. Feel free to make me a birthday cake anytime this month!
Despite still loving my sweets, right now Don and I are continuing to follow the South Beach Diet to reset our metabolisms. This diet is helpful at the beginning of the year because I developed several health issues a few years ago. I need to watch my carbs and avoid sugar and saturated fats. Who doesn’t follow some special diet these days? If you’d like to learn more about my health story, read on.
A few years ago I was overweight, stressed, and a prime target for health problems. I had a heart attack, followed by gut issues. You know everything in your body is related, right? During my recovery, I found that I didn’t eat properly, even though I made most of my food at home. I began to change the way I eat.
Food can make you sick, or it can nourish and heal you. It helped me heal my gut and my heart. Read my story, How I Healed Myself with Food. I learned I had food sensitivities and what a pain (literally) that is.
Lately, we seldom eat in restaurants because I have developed food sensitivities that make eating out difficult. Gluten seems to be the biggest culprit—although I’m not celiac—but I also have trouble with commercial milk products. I have to stick with A2 milk or I get severe joint pain, almost immediately. So…we are cooking more gluten-free and dairy-free recipes, and I am busy converting all my cookies and cakes to gluten-free. Baking gluten free is quite a challenge. Getting the texture right is hard, but when I get it right, I share the recipe and tips on how to do it.