Who am I?
I am a scientist by training (BSc Sydney Uni) and passionate food lover in life. I have some kind of degenerative neurological condition that has yet to be identified. As part of my journey towards good health I have tried to modify my diet to reduce my symptoms and improve my day-to-day life. I have also identified a lot of food allergies that have severely restricted my repertoire of available food.
I have always loved food! As a child, I journaled daily about the awesome dinner I had eaten the night before. Into adulthood, I would wake up thinking about food, what I was going to eat that day, what exciting things I could cook and how I could make my recipes better.
When I started having some hiccups with my health, I saw a dietician and I told her how obsessed I was with food and that it was a big problem. She strongly disagreed and I was flabbergasted! She explained that if you love food, you can learn to love any food. So I set out to educate myself about the best foods for my body.
What is my food philosophy?
I AM A FOOD LOVER! I am not a vegan. I do not follow a Paleo program. I am not on the GAPS diet. I am an allergy sufferer. I have many food allergies and some of them are a bit unusual: while my soy allergy is not uncommon, most people with allergies will be allergic to nuts, but I’m only allergic to almonds (one of the least reactive nuts). I am also extremely intolerant to gluten but almost ALL gluten free products contain soy or almond. Following a grain free Paleo diet sounds ideal for someone who is allergic to gluten, but my egg allergy takes most Paleo recipes off the table.
I have had to do a lot of research and experimentation to eat with joy and variety again. I am sure I am not the only person in the world with this particular set of allergies.
What are my food restrictions?
I am allergic to: eggs • dairy • gluten • yeast • soy • cranberry • almond • citrus • ginger
I am intolerant to: oats • crab • white rice • potato • pumpkin • sugary foods • sugar • high carb foods • alcohol
This particular cluster of allergies has made it difficult to stick to one diet doctrine. Paleo recipes rely heavily on eggs, vegan recipes will usually use tofu as a dairy replacer and gluten free recipes commonly use almond and soy flours to replace wheat flower. Initially I bought four or five alternative recipe books but they were all useless for me.
After a year of transition and experimentation, I am pretty well practiced in how to eat at home, at friend’s houses and restaurants. There is still so much for me to learn and I will share my successes (and some of my failures) to help others who are lost in a maze of food allergies.
Do I make money from this site?
From time to time I will post a link to products I like and buy. These products are sincerely what I use and love and I am not compensated for promoting these products. If a product or an item is listed on my site and there is some kind of sponsorship or affiliate relationship, I will state it clearly. In the future I may put some advertising on the site to over costs. This site is driven by my passion for good food and contributing awareness in the power of good nutrition.
What is your opinion?
I love getting feedback and tips from friends and strangers; if you have any recipes you would like to share, please email me or fill out the contact form on the right hand side of this page and I will post delicious recipes on www.cecissuperfoods.com (and I will of course credit you and sing your praises).
I hope you enjoy this site and find useful tips and yummy recipes to eat better, share great food stories and feel better.
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