Hi All! It has been quite a long time since I updated. As you can probably guess from the title, I have not been feeling well. I got that blasted stomach bug that was going around our area right after first of the year. I would guess that it was around the 3rd of January. I had that awful sickness for 6 days. Jeremiah and Ryder had it prior to me but it was about a 3 day virus. I wasn't so fortunate. Madilynne was able to avoid getting it. I am happy she didn't experience it.
However, this virus was so intense for me that everything- and I mean everything- I ate gave me a terrible upset stomach with lots of pain. Madi and I started keeping a food log about what I was eating and what caused pain. Well, Madi (aka The Food Warden) has been keeping a tight rein on what I am eating. I am not a person who has a lot of will power otherwise I would be skinny and super fit so she is helping me make wise food choices! ;-) We figured out that anything with eggs, dairy, nuts and wheat were causing me issues. I made some major changes to my diet and cut all those foods out. It seemed like I only had 5 things I could eat but I was feeling so much better. I started taking a good probiotic and kept my eating to a minimal. OH HOW I WANTED A PIECE OF CHEESE!!!! I like cheese almost as much as my tea. I think not having cheese was the worst possible part of it.
Madi and I quickly figured out a new eating plan for me focusing on what I could eat and not what I couldn't eat. That made the process much easier. I really wanted cheese and something chocolate. I am not a big chocolate eater so that was surprising to me. We went for groceries and I got a gluten-free brownie mix at Aldi's. Oh my gosh, it was so good! The rest of the family even thought it was good. I got over the chocolate craving and all has been good. Madi and I have slowly introduced trigger foods back into my diet. Nuts were the first thing to bring back without any issues. Then I really wanted cheese so I decided that if I only ate one piece of cheese or some shredded cheese on my salads I would be ok. We tried it and I can only handle a little bit of cheese. I don't drink any milk or anything like that. I save the dairy for my cheese! LOL Eggs... well eggs are still not something I can eat. I can handle them baked into something like the brownie but I can't eat them plain, like scrambled or an omelet. Next is wheat/gluten...that is still a no go. I don't have any major pain if I eat something that I didn't realize has gluten in but my stomach gets upset.
I am hoping with a controlled diet, taking probiotics and eating some fermented foods that I will get this under control and get back to eating normally again. I can say that I do feel better eating a better diet and not so much in the grain/bread/pasta group so that is a good thing!
As for the rest of life, we went to visit a new creamery that opened recently for lunch. We met my mom and step-dad, my nephew and his momma there. Our homeschool group is going to tour the cheese making part of it next week but the idea to meet for lunch came up and we jumped on it. It was so much fun to eat somewhere new. I had some yummy food choices so that made it much better. I got a chicken salad with a delicious ranch dressing. Oh boy was it good! The focus of the foods is to eat local, Farm to Table style. They had the local farms listed and I recognized three of the five farms. I think that it is great that they are supporting our local community farmers. They also had a gift shop that had some items made locally. The prices weren't extremely high either. Usually those kind of places have a high price point but honestly I didn't think it was too bad. I didn't feel like it broke the bank to eat there and we will definitely go back. Examples: my chicken salad was $5.50 and it was a nice sized salad. The Philly Cheese Wrap and homemade chips was $7.50 and the Cheeseburger and homemade chips was also $5.50. I think I have those prices right.... Not a bad price overall. I can't remember the cost of the drinks though. Madi ordered some fried cheese curds and they were pricier around $7 for the order but she really liked them.
Our extended family was supposed to go snow tubing as a family experience instead of Christmas gifts last Saturday. My brother-in-law developed a blood clot in his calf muscle and as a result can't do anything physical like tubing for several weeks. We decided to change plans and just go out to dinner. What good is it to have a family experience and not have the whole family? Dinner was scheduled and then my B-I-L got sick. He and his wife decided to stay home. Dinner is now rescheduled for this Saturday! HaHa I personally don't mind changing the schedule because my stomach issues are getting better so I have more food choices now. Jeremiah's family is pretty close so it's not like we won't do something else at a later date. The restaurant that was chosen is also new to us. I think only two family members have eaten there before so it will be another fun experience.
Well, I will wrap up today's post since this is getting pretty long. I could have done this post in several different ones but I just wanted to get it typed up. I hope it wasn't too long for you. Have a blessed day!