Hi! A little about me –
My name is Sarah and I’m a 6th generation Texan. I grew up in Austin, back before it wasn’t “weird” and the traffic still moved. Don’t get me wrong, I love the whole “weird” thing that has evolved Austin; but the traffic, not so much. I’m a huge animal lover. Always have been, always will be. I currently live in the Texas hill country with my husband of almost 10 years, our 2 rescue dogs, and my youngest son. I started this website to share healthy, plant based recipes and to help those like me who are also seeking alternative methods to combat illness.
I’ve always loved food, even as a very young child I’d eat almost anything. However, food hasn’t always loved me back.
I was often sick as a child. My teen years I had sinus infections and upset stomach issues. Digestive issues continued as I grew older. The recent illnesses were Melanoma and now possibly 3 different autoimmune diseases.
August 2017 I had to go on Prednisone to combat some kind of inflammation. What kind of inflammation remains to be known, but all my joints hurt, I had occasional low fevers, stomach upset, and fatigue. I basically felt like I had a continual mild to moderate case of the flu. I started on 20mg of Prednisone a day, titrated down until I was off the medication then had to start taking it again.
I had already given up meat due to borderline high cholesterol when my Rheumatologist suggested a diet of no refined sugar, no gluten, and no processed foods. He clearly explained to me that if that didn’t work my only remaining option was to take a chemo medication. I had already tried one chemo med and it was horrible.
So I changed my diet, but more than he suggested.
I went totally Vegan (no animal products of any kind), no refined sugar, no gluten, no processed foods (ok, I do eat Amy’s frozen meatless meals that are gluten and dairy free, every now and again, because they have the least “junk” in them.) I also went to an allergy doctor and found out that I’m allergic to a long list of basic foods. Who would have known? Why did no other doctor suggest allergy testing in the past 30 years?
By changing what I eat, the results have been absolutely astounding. I am almost totally pain free, have significantly less stomach issues (I can plan my days without mapping out a bathroom!) and emotionally I feel calm, happy, and hopeful!
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Starting 2019 I’m including restaurant reviews! Photos and reviews from a house divided (I’m Vegan, hubby is Omnivore). With great photos, honest reviews from different perspectives, and my sense of humor who wouldn’t want to miss it? I know I don’t! Oh wait, I won’t. 🙂