Immigrated to United States
I was born in Reims, France to Portuguese parents. We immigrated to the United States when I was a little girl along with my brother and sister. Being exposed to different cultures growing up has given me a passion for exploring new places and food. Wherever I go I always find wonderful meals that I have discovered during my travels. Which is why I ask the locals the same question, “Where’s a good place to eat and where do you like to visit?”
I can remember the first time that I was in the kitchen with my mother and godmother making crepes for the family. I was 5 at the time and when one did not flip over they would hand it to me to eat! That was the beginning of my love of food. I learned how to cook from my mom and she made the most wonderful meals on Sunday. Now I try to do the same for me and my husband Jeffrey.
Diagnosed at 25 with Degenerative Disc Disease
I was diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease 25 years ago, it is a constant battle to keep my weight down and eat as healthy as I can to stay slim. This helps control chronic pain and inflammation in my body. My biggest issue is food and how I cook is the biggest factor on how I feel daily. Many of the chemicals in food will effect my condition.
Food Makes A Differences
I would never have thought that pesticides on food makes me ill or a box of crackers will make me lay in bed for a day. It took me years to find out what aggravated my condition and had me lay in bed 4 weeks at a time. It was not until my breaking point of being so sick with the medicine doctors were giving me that I ended up in the hospital. I finally gave in to a friend of mine who recommend a doctor that tried to treat me with a specific diet for my condition.
A doctor that knew nutrition, how odd I thought. Working in education at the time, I knew that most doctors only take one class in nutrient during their time in Medical School. Within a week I started to feel better, after a month I had improved by 50%. I was now able to sleep the night with out waking up in pain.
Even though I am not cured or will ever be, I can live a better life than with the medication that was being prescribed. I’m lucky compared to must people with my condition. When I was going to a chronic pain clinic for help, they prescribe pain killers for the most part and in time they can become very addictive, or like me, make you deathly ill.
Diet I Follow
Now I follow a Low-Carb, Gluten-Free with Lots of Veggies and Fruits diet 90% of the time but I must have the 10% to cheat once in awhile! When traveling I love to explore new foods but am aware of my limitations so I limit my intake so I can try new meals on my travel adventures.
Where I shop for Healthy Groceries
- Trader Joe’s
- Farmers Market
- Whole Food – ONLY SALE Produce
I shop for food once a week for all my fruits and vegetables the rest are purchased for the month. My recipes are always determined with what’s on sale and what’s in season. Produce are always cheaper if they are in season so it makes it a SALE item! Which is my favorite part.
It’s a Lifestyle Not a Diet
People always ask me how I stay slim with the amount of food I consume and I always say the same thing. These are things that I don’t eat and I always drink water. Water is keY for me to feel good. I also do some type of exercise for 45 minutes 5 times a week. Even if it just walking in the neighborhood.
Water is Key to My Health
I did not understand how much water I needed to drink and I always drank lots of water. Water is key for me to stay hydrated so I feel less pain. I can always tell when I have not drank enough water because I start feeling my stomach bloat and my urine is bright yellow. Yes, this makes a very big difference for me more than anything else so I drink tons of water.
What I don’t eat or drink
Because most foods are filled with chemicals that harm my body and make me gain weight I follow a few rules when it’s time to shop. Here are my guidelines:
- No soda
- No beer
- No box food
- No Peanuts
- No Sugar
- No white flour unless it’s Einkorn flour
- No Artificial Sweetener of any kind
- No GMO
- No food that has been shipped to the USA
- No pre-frozen meals at the supermarket
- No process food – sometimes I cheat and pay for it every time!
- No food that is orange like Cheetos!
- No eating white food at night (rice, potatoes, pasta, bread, etc ) If it’s white not at night.
Enjoy Life is My Motto
Over the years I’ve gotten better at cooking meals to accommodate my health issues. Even if I can’t eat something because I know how I will feel the next day, there is always an alternative. Most of my recipes I have gotten from friends and family or on my travel adventures, which then I turn them into a healthy twist for the perfect bite! Thank You for stopping by and hope you will enjoy the blog!