This month, we’ve begun focusing on embracing our family, our home, and even the circumstances we’ve been given.
I love the word embrace because it is such a customizable word. Everyone has different things they need to embrace. When I saw Brandy wanted to talk about embracing in the month of March, I immediately thought about cooking. It might seem a strange thing to have to embrace, but I have been struggling with it for a few years now.
Today, I am mostly just going to share my story of embracing this season of my life. One of cooking for multiple intolerances and allergies. Frequently I feel pretty lonely in this, but I know I am not. So, I hope to bless others walking a similar journey.
Honestly, as far as cooking for special dietary needs we have it pretty easy around here in that none of the foods my daughters or I cannot have cause anaphylaxis. But, still cooking a gluten, dairy, corn, soy, most tree nut, xanthan and guar gum, and egg-free diet is no picnic. At least not one where peanut butter and jelly is the obvious choice.
Over the last couple years we have found new restrictions. Each one meant spending more time in the kitchen. Let me just say, I will never underestimate how wonderful eggs are again!
A lot of advice to young moms with young kids revolves around taking it easy. Particularly in the food department (at least it seems like that to me). While there are definitely things I can do to make it easier in the kitchen, most convenience foods are too hard to get or too expensive to get on a regular basis.
Almost a year ago I hit a brick wall. I guess it was one too many diet restrictions. I was sick of cooking, and began hating it. While it is has never been a big hobby, I have always enjoyed cooking so that was a big change.
I hated how much time it took. That I no longer could spend time crafting and drawing- my creative outlet. I hated how it was not uncommon for foods to be a complete and utter flop. But, like it or not I needed to be cooking. So, it ended up that rather than trying to run from it as far as I could, on a somewhat short leash, I embraced it full on.
Cooking became my creative outlet. I miss other crafts– but they will wait for another season.
I still have to remind myself sometimes, that that is fine.
- It is fine that this season of my life does not involve a lot of home decorating.
- It is fine that our food budget has increased drastically since needing to cut out nuts, eggs, and dairy.
- It is fine that right now the special activities I do with the kids almost always involve them standing on chairs in the kitchen peeling garlic, or slicing bananas. That I am not some sort of freak because my son asks me almost every day “can we make something yummy mommy?”
- It would be strange if the kitchen I cooked from scratch in as many times as 6 a day was always clean. (Don’t laugh realizing that was actually a pretty big relief)
- Conversations made with my husband while he does dishes and I cook are still valuable conversations and quality time.
- Cooking is a perfectly reasonable hobby. Just like painting, drawing, and sewing.
- It is fine if cooking takes the front burner on my homemaking stove.
- It is fine if I decide figuring out a good cake recipe before my daughter’s birthday party (3 months away) is worth a hundred failed mini batches.
- It is fine if not only I cook, but that I also blog about food. That does not mean I am obsessed with food.
- It is fine if my kids rarely have sandwiches (one of the hardest meals to make) and have a rather unique diet in general.
What about you? Do you cook for allergies? Did you have trouble embracing that the time that took was worth it?
What are some things you struggle to embrace?