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. I would say that food has always been a passion of mine. One of my the first “recipes” I created was a circle sandwich. The contents of this sandwich included, mayo, bologna, and bread cut into a circle using a cookie cutter. My food vocabulary has expanded since then. I have grown an appreciation for whole foods (real foods). An explanation as to what sparked this interest is as follows;

Skip forward to about a year ago. Long story short I got a blood clot in my arm. I had to go on blood thinners. Due to this circumstance, I had to stop taking a type of birth control that my doctor had prescribed me for my skin when I was 16. About a couple of 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 contemplated 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 a few 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 redefining my relationship with food. 

With these newly found intolerances to food, I embark on this mission to redefine my food regime. I aim to bring new and old traditions to my routine because it provides me with a good maintainable balance. I grew up on a farm and my mom made sure that we had all the food groups on our plate and I continue to implement that to this day. 

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