One thing I’ve learned from food restrictions is sometime you just have to laugh at yourself and the situation you are in. So, here are some of my favorite gluten-free, real food, food humor, and Hey Girl pictures! Hope you laugh as hard as I have finding these images!
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All of us are unique and experience different events in life. We build relationship and internalize our problems differently, and develop our own sense of humor. When it comes to food restrictions and health, one person’s problem may appear to be similar to another’s but the state of our bodies vary so much that similarity doesn’t mean the same.
Every person’s journey towards wellness is as unique as they are, and has the power to inspire others. What inspire us though, differs from person to person . We will sometimes form connections with people and they have the instant ability to encourage and inspire us. With that said, you never know when you can have that effect on others.
So, don’t be afraid to share your story. Please, please, please do not be that person who only talks about themselves but don’t keep your journey to yourself either. Talk to your friends by bringing parts of it in a conversation. Work it in casually, it doesn’t have to be forced but if the timing seems appropriate then go for it.
Don’t be ashamed of what you are going through because it is happening for a reason. Let people know about your story. You never truly know the power you posses to help and inspire others in their own journey. Even if you don’t see the effect you have on them know, you can’t predict the future and how your story may effect them then.
So go ahead! Share you story!
I would love to hear about your journey! You can email me at edibleattitudes (at) gmail (dot) com!
Summer camp is one of my best childhood memories! Starting in 5th grade, every summer my best friend and I went to camp for a week. Playing camp night games, singing songs to God with a hundred plus other kids, going on hikes, and spending time in the craft shop were just a few of my favorite activities. The food at camp was of course delicious with it’s excess of processed foods and the counselors insisting we eat one scoopful of vegetables a day.
My food sensitivities were not too obvious at this time. I’d bring lactose intolerant pills along and to my mortification, I had to go to the nurse’s station to take my vitamins twice a day. Besides that, everything was fairly normal.
Since then, my family and I have gone back to camp and lots of planning went into making the trips possible. We started off by contacting the camp to find out if they would be able to accommodate to our diets. Luckily, we were not the first campers to come with gluten, dairy and countless other sensitivities.
Here is how it was possible for us to go…
A few weeks before leaving for camp, we contacted the cook and talked specifically with him to create a plan. My mom asked him to email her the menu the week before we left. She’d read through it and mark all the foods we would not be able to eat. If she had more questions after that, she called or emailed the cook again.
The camp was able to make a few substitutions or remove an ingredient or two to make parts of meals okay for us but for the most part we prepared food ahead of time. For example, if the meat wasn’t allowed in one meal, for whatever reason, then we’d cooked a hamburger or packed a few hot dogs to be made instead. None of the desserts were safe so cookies were baked prior also.
All the food was put into ziploc bags and containers marked with the date or meal they were meant for. We took the food with us and went to the kitchen as soon as we could when we arrived. The kitchen staff then kept it in a cooler and warmed it up each meal.
I had only positive experiences at camp and have been blessed with an amazing staff who was willing to make it possible for me to go. With registration for many camps already open, if you are considering going to camp but are unsure if it would be possible for you to go because of your food restriction then I highly encourage you to contact them before ruling it out.
Camp is an amazing experience you don’t want to miss if you don’t have too!
I have followed the rules of my diet for over 2 ½ years now. I’ve cheated along the way and definitely have not be perfect but I’ve basically always followed the rules.
The rules have changed though and sometimes pretty frequently. For two months it may have be okay to eat fruit and the next three it may not have be. Often, I would create other rules for myself, such as, how often to rebound, to avoid certain hair products because of the chemicals, or stop painting my nails because it promotes estrogen dominance.
All of these other rules were good and helped my body but they would overwhelming at times. Rules. Constant rules. When I’d break one of my own rules, I’d feel like I was letting myself down which, at times, was almost worse then letting down others.
For Christmas and my birthday this year, I received a few new bottles of nail polish. I was grateful but disappointed because I knew I wouldn’t be able to use them because of my no nail polish rule. I’ve been staring at those bottles for a few weeks now. I was tempted to paint my nails but I refused to let myself down by breaking that rule.
When I told my mom she told me to just do it. See, all those rules can weigh you down and cause you to not enjoy the little things in life. It is very important to take responsibility of your health and to care for your body but when the little rules consume you and cause stress, then it is likely the rules, or treatment, are causing more harm than good.
I need follow my diet and most of my own rules but not painting my nails was an extra thing that I was never told specifically not to do. I’m taking care of my body and doing almost everything I know how to so I’ve decided that it is okay to paint my nails and enjoy breaking this little rule for a week and when it starts to chip I will take it off right away.
Is there anything in your life like this?
Out of curiousity, I looked up synonyms for restriction. A few of the words I found were constraint, limitation, restraint, and confinement.
Those words were how I would have defined food restrictions for nearly two years. On the surface these words are true. Food restrictions and elimination diets limit and restrain you from doing things giving you a feeling of confinement.
Now think about it for a minute. Are food restrictions really restrictive? No, they are freedom. Freedom from health problems and the affect they have on your life.
They may prevent you from doing things now and you may feel held back at times, but in the long-term by dealing with these issues and healing your body you are gaining freedom.
When I realized this, I had this mind-blown moment. This is so true but sadly not how we often view them. Our perspective of food restrictions affects our attitude which in turn affects our actions. Remember the freedom you are getting in the long-term over the constraint you have for short-term, and you will find your perspective, attitude, and actions changing.
Print the picture below to hang up as a daily reminder.
If you are dealing with health problems as a teenager, then you know how hard it is. I don’t have to remind you because you know from experience. If you are like I was then sometimes you can’t stand your parents for making you eat a certain way or get upset when you have to do certain things that they think will help you. There are times you eat what you aren’t suppose to when you leave home and then deny that it makes you sick. Maybe you are angry that you have to deal with these issues and rather not address them by tackling them head on.
But guess what, it is time to step and deal with your problems. Enough of the whining and the complaining and expecting others to do everything for you. It is your body, not your parents’ or your doctor’s – yours! You want to be healthy? You want to live your life without your health holding you back? Great! Then step up and take control of your health.
Taking responsibility for your health means that you research and understand what you are going through. It is shown by being self-motivated, following your diet in and out of your home, helping with cooking, and having a positive attitude.
You are a teenager, an official adult in only a few years. You are old enough to understand consequences, see the big picture, and have an affect on the dreams and goals for your life. This also means you are old enough to know that the consequences of not addressing your health could have a detrimental affect your goals and dreams.
Some day, you will move out of your house and not have your parents around to tell you want to do and eat. You will be on your own soon and will have to make smart and responsible decisions. Your parents wanting you to have a healthy life is not enough. You have to want it too. If you start to make good choices now and create a healthy lifestyle then it will be much easier when you are independent.
I learned this through my own experiences. I went through the motions and followed my diet restrictions as minimally as I could for a year and half. I was angry and upset, and I really didn’t like any part of what I was doing. I’m not saying that I love my food restrictions now, but once I figured out why I was changing my diet and decided that no one could heal my body but me was when my attitude changed. I truly believe that our attitudes shape our actions. The first time I fully committed to regaining my health was when I changed my attitude and took responsibility and there has been no stopping me since.
I’m going to say one more time. It is your body, your health, and your life – not anyone else’s. Time to take responsibility.
My family can eat a lot of meat. Like a lot a lot. This just means that we have had to get creative for how we cook meat, specifically hamburger. Normally it wouldn’t a big deal but because we can’t add ketchup to the hamburgers there needs to be plenty of flavor so the hamburger tastes good by itself.
I started adding roasted salt to the hamburgers and was amazed by how good they tasted! Roasted salt is salt that has been roasted to provide a distinct taste. Depending on the type of salt and the type of wood it has been roasted over, a variety of flavors can be created.
Salt is an essential part of our diets because it helps our muscles, memory, and heart function properly. It is important to be consuming a good source of salt though. There are three types of salt: rock, sea, and table salt. Rock and sea salt are unrefined, meaning that they still have their trace minerals like magnesium and potassium which help support nerve and muscle impulses and the regulation of the body’s water balance. Table salt on the other hand has been refined and is lacking these trace minerals.
As said in an article by Natural News…
“The right kind [of salt] and the right amount could enhance the taste and healthfulness of the food. Otherwise, refined (and iodized) salt, like refined sugar is slow poison.”
Makes about 4 hamburger patties
- 1 pound of hamburger
- 1 1/2 tsp. of roasted salt (buy here)
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- Cast iron pan (buy here*)
- Medium bowl
- 1/2 teaspoon (buy here*)
- 1/2 cup measuring cup (buy here*)
- Kitchen scissors (buy here*)
- Hamburger press (buy here*)
- Metal spatula (buy here*)
- Cut open the package of raw hamburger and place it into the bowl.
- Measure all the ingredients and put them into the bowl with the meat.
- Use your hands to mix the spices and meat together. Keep folding and mixing it until it seems some what evenly distributed.
- Turn the stove on to a medium heat and place the pan on the burner.
- Scoop a 1/2 cup of hamburger with the measuring cup.
- Place the 1/2 cup of hamburger into the the hamburger press.
- Repeat steps 5 and 6 until all the hamburger is gone and made into patties.
- Place the patties onto the pan.
- Flip each when they are cooked half way through.
- Take the patties off the stove when they are cooked the way you like on both sides.
Happy birthday to me! Happy birthday to me! I am now officially an adult- the big one eight! Whooohooo!
Birthdays meals and desserts have evolved in my home as our diets have. We have been grain-free for over a year and dairy-free for even longer. With the help of many wonderful bloggers, I have put together a round up of cupcake, frosting, and ice cream recipes that are all grain free and mostly dairy free in honor of my birthday. I say mostly dairy free because a few contain butter or ghee. Those containing butter or ghee are marked with a *.
Not all of these are GAPS recipes but I hope you can find one to eat and enjoy! Helpful tip, honey is a good substitute for maple syrup, which is in many ice cream recipes, making the recipes GAPS legal.
Please share which one is your favorite in the comments below!
- The Best Paleo Frosting Recipe Ever by Real Food RN
- Vanilla Cream Frosting by Edible Harmony
- Pecan Frosting by Paleo Gone Sassy
- Secret Ingredient Allergy- Friendly Chocolate “Buttercream” Frosting by Whole New Mom
- Chocolate Frosting by Paleo Fondue
- Chocolate Ganache Frosting by Don’t Waste the Crumbs
- Yellow Cupcakes with Vanilla or Chocolate Buttercream Frosting* by Nourished and Nurtured
- Chestnut Chocolate Cupcakes (White Frosting) by Paleo Fondue
- Paleo Guava Cupcakes (Whipped Guava Frosting*) by Paleo Fondue
- Paleo Yellow Cupcake by A Girl Worth Saving
- Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes by Edible Harmony
- Strawberry Paleo Birthday Cake (Strawberry Frosting) by Edible Harmony
- Grain-Free Vanilla Cupcakes (“Paleo-fied” Chocolate Frosting) by Life Made Full
- Brownie Bites with Mint Buttercream* by The Sour Path is the Sweetest
- Easiest, Tastiest 5-Ingredient Chocolate Cake by Hybrid Rasta Mama
- Paleo Apple Pie Ice Cream* by A Girl Worth Saving
- Easy Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream by A Girl Worth Saving
- Green Tea Ice Cream by JarOhoney
- Mandarin Mint Sorbet by JarOhoney
- Chocolate Chunk Vegan Ice Cream by Economies of Kale
- Vegan Mint Ice Cream by How We Flourish
- Mocha Coconut Ice Cream by Life Made Full
- Chocolate Almond Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream by Whole New Mom
- Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream by Whole New Mom
- Rose Water, Saffron & Pistachio Ice Cream by Cinnamon Eats
- Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream by Delicious Obsessions
- Vanilla Ice Cream by Delicious Obsessions
- Homemade Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping with Coconut Oil by Delicious Obsessions
- Pumpkin Ice Cream by Scratch Mommy
- Vanilla Hazelnut Ice Cream by Paleo in PDX
- Paleo Mango Ice Cream by Hollywood Homestead
- Lemon Ice Cream by Hollywood Homestead
- Maple Banana Ice Cream by Hollywood Homestead
- Homemade French Vanilla Chocolate Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream by Hollywood Homestead
- Chocolate Smothered Coconut Ice Cream by JarOhoney
- Chocolate Mint Tea Ice Cream by A Harmony Healing
- Acai Berry Cranberry Tea Sherbet by A Harmony Healing
I always desired to be normal and fit in. I struggled with wanting to fit in socially starting in 7th grade but the desire to be “normal” came in 10th grade when I started to change my diet. When I started my sophomore year of high school I had only been off of gluten, dairy, soy, sugar, and corn for about a month and none of my friends really knew why. I stuck out and my life was suddenly dramatically different than theirs.
A mentor of mine had the unfortunate pleasure of listening to me say many, many times that all I wanted was to be normal and eat like everyone else and not have to be concerned about my health. She asked me what being normal meant to me. My response was that being normal meant that I didn’t stand out. She kind of smiled and then said, “Normal people live normal lives and you have no desire to have an ordinary life”.
This has stuck with me for the past year now and has positively influenced my view of my health issues. All of these problems and struggles that have come with them have happened for a reason and I am growing from it. I have learned lessons and developed characteristics that I don’t know if I would have without my health issues and food restrictions.
I don’t know about you but I have no desire to live a normal life. I don’t want to only be going through the motions and not be doing something with my life. That has no appeal to me. I want to travel, care for others, and change the world! I want to stand out and be extraordinary! If I don’t want a normal life then why do I want to be normal? It doesn’t make sense!
My poor health would prevent me from doing all those things. My health would be part of what makes me live an ordinary life. So, how do I change that? I change my health. I change my diet. I stick out and live differently so I don’t have to live a normal life.
Wanting to be normal isn’t wrong; it’s pretty natural actually to want to fit in. That desire doesn’t go away though until you make it, until your desire for something else is bigger then your desire to be normal. Do you want to be normal? Do you want to live a normal life? If not, what is it that you want? Focus on that consistently and you will find your desire to not stand out and be normal slowly going away making this journey easier.
You can learn more about my journey by reading my book, “A Teenager’s Perspective on Food Restrictions: A Practical Guide to Keep from Going Crazy”. Find out more about the book here or go ahead and purchase for only $1.99 here!
There is a new Facebook group just for teenagers (middle school, high school, and young adults) with food restrictions! Food restrictions can be anything from a one to multiple food sensitivities, allergies, or intolerances. If you are on a diet like GAPS, Paleo, SCD or have your own personalized diet then you are welcomed to join the group as well!
From my personal experiences, having food restrictions is difficult for anyone but they are especially hard for teenagers because we are young to have our health problems and even younger to be doing something about them.
I spent many hours looking for a Facebook group, blog, or just blog post about teenagers with food restrictions. I found almost nothing. All I wanted was a community to relate to and to support me when my friends weren’t able to understand what I was going through. So that’s what this group is for- to create a community and support system for all of us.
To be successful though, this group needs to be supportive, welcoming, and kind to all the members. No one should feel nervous or afraid to ask a question. This should a safe environment to ask for advice about anything related to the struggles that come with food restrictions. This group is also a place to share what you are going through-struggles and successes.
If you are a teenager with food restrictions we would love to have you join the group! Even if you feel as if you don’t necessary need advice or support, others do and there is power in numbers. You can also help others by answering their questions and offering advice based on your experiences.
I hope many of you join the group and I look forward to getting to know you!
Parents- If you think your teenage child would benefit from this group, please encourage them to join us because we would to have them!
** I know Facebook isn’t that cool anymore so if you have a suggestion for a different and more trending social media network to move the group to, please contact me.**