Many of you have seen on my Facebook page that I was just told by my doctor that I have food allergies. When she informed me of this, I thought “No big deal.. It’s probably nothing major..I bet it’s shellfish and I don’t even eat shellfish”. As she gave me a list of foods I was tested for, 3 lines were much longer than all the others- chicken eggs, most dairy, and wheat. The first thing I asked was “Is wheat ….like the wheat in FLOUR?!” Uhhh..yeah. That would be correct. Ok. Ok. Ok. Let’s back up here…what on earth CAN I eat? Cooking is my ministry…it’s what I enjoy, it’s what I’m good at, it’s what I teach my children, and (many of you may know this) I have a cooking blog! I left with a bittersweet feeling in my soul…
“He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD” -psalm 112:7.
After I got home from my doctor’s appointment I started praying and realized that even though I have to alter what I eat, I do not have to give up my ministry. In all actuality, I have been calling my ministry a ministry….but I have always been privileged in indulging in all the treats I’ve made. Now, I will have to pray a lot hard, ask for strength a lot more, and give without getting anything in return..without a reward. Isn’t that a beautiful thing? Isn’t is such a small cross to carry for what Jesus did for me?
“Then he said to them all ” Whoever wants to be my disciple, must deny themselves, and take up their cross daily and follow me” – Luke 9:23
It has been a week now (hold the applause) since I have had any of my “forbidden foods” – I can honestly say that it hasn’t been as hard as I would have thought! I haven’t craved the sweets nearly as much as I would have imagined… What’s more is that I can breathe….AHhhhhh….I have had “shortness of breath” for years and have never known why. I can’t believe that it was something so simple like a food allergy! And like a fool as I was eating my delicious scones, I was wondering why I couldn’t breathe! The shortness of breath also made me very tired. I am praising God that I found out what the problem was….even if it was ironic that it was something I held dear to me.
Going forward I will be updating archived recipes with GF/DF needs as my time permits. I will also be adding Gluten Free/Dairy Free/Egg Free recipes that I make! I will not, however, turn into a Gluten Free/Dairy Free only blog as I will continue on with my “in person” meal ministry to those without dietary guidelines . I will continue to share cheesy, buttery, and full of gluten recipes on Comfy in the Kitchen . The only thing that will change is that Comfy in the Kitchen will be more accommodating to those who have the same dietary challenges as I do!
I refuse to let this challenge get the best of me.
“I can do everything through him who gives me strength” -Philippians 4:13
Thank you for all of your encouragement, love, support, and advice. I can’t tell you how much it has meant to me! I am also so surprised at how many people have food allergies! I had no clue.
Wondering what I am going to miss the most? (and don’t tell me I can still eat it- it is not the same -ha, ha) Pizza!!!!!!