Homestead: the home and adjoining land occupied by a family (Merriam-Webster, 2019).
The way I was raised, where I was raised and the people in my life play a large hand in the person I am today. This homestead has squatter rights, so get comfy.
To gain a better understanding as to why I created this page I will give you a little back story on me.
I always had a love for food in any form. I was never a picky eater, which meant the possibilities were endless. About a year ago, I got a blood clot in my arm and I had to go on blood thinners. Due to this circumstance, I had to stop talking about a type of birth control that my doctor had prescribed me when was 16 for my skin. About a couple months after that my skin went crazy. Okay at first it wasn’t that bad, I’m being a bit dramatic. However, as time progressed my skin got worse and I developed bad acne all over my face. This was new territory for me because I was lucky enough to have never experienced this before. I didn’t know what to do. Automatically I resorted to all the topical creams with all that toxic crap in them. They served as a temporary fix but dried out my skin, it basically sucked the life out of it. Once I stopped using those serums, my skin would react even more because the creams had killed all the good bacteria in my skin so it had no fighting chance. After that, I thought it has to be internal. I cannot put a number on the amount of money I spent on different vitamins and supplements to try and correct what was wrong in my body. This went on for about a year. I even contemplate going on Accutane, but after educating my self more on the drug, I voted against it. Recently I decided to finally go see a naturopathic doctor. This was my smartest move yet. I got a food sensitivity test done to try and pinpoint the root cause of skin issues. It now makes sense that the birth control served as a temporary cover-up for what was really happening in my gut. The test results showed that I am very intolerant to everyday foods. Some of those include dairy, gluten, and the most surprising one is egg whites. Finding out this information was honestly a relief because I now knew exactly what was harming my body. Now I have to try and navigate this new food approach by returning to the basics and redefine my relationship with food.
I decided to share what did work and what did and did not work for me. I have tried multiple different products and foods to try and heal myself and I hope that by sharing my experience it can help another person as well. The environment I grew up in also plays a key role in where and why these dishes came to be. I grew up on a farm surrounded by hard-working individuals and at the end of the day, food was always the thing that brought us all together. I hope to provide inspiration or entertainment as I share my historical modern day approach to cooking.