HI! My name is Kimberly and I am a wife and have 3 children–ages 13, almost 17 and the oldest is 18. I live in the beautiful Blue Ridge area of Virginia. When I was growing up, my family moved a lot. My dad was not in the military, but by the time I was 18, we had moved 17 times–I think. You kind of lose count after a while. So, my hubby and I are (Lord willing) staying put!
I think I mainly started this blog for my own benefit–kind of a way to get on ‘paper’ what was in my head. I was diagnosed with Celiac in January 2006. This completely changed my life! I can remember my tummy hurting A LOT growing up. I just thought it was ‘normal’ and never really said much about it. When I was about 19 years old, I ended up in the hospital for almost a week. They ran all sorts of test–except for Celiac:) They sent me home and said I had spastic colon. I was supposed to control the symptoms with my diet, yet they fed me a hotdog with chili on it before discharging me! Yuck! It was in January 2006 that I requested being tested for Celiac. I had gotten to the point that I was in SEVERE pain EVERY single day. I started reading all sorts of things on the internet and pretty much knew I had Celiac before they even tested me. Of course, the test was postive.
In the meantime, I had also been struggling with an eating disorder. For a while after my diagnoses, the eating disorder only got worse. I think part of the reason for my struggle was being involved in dance. I took dance growing up and then was on a Christian dance team that traveled around different places. I became more and more obsessed with my body and weight. The thinner I got, the better. Having stomach pain all the time made it very easy to not eat. Food was NOT my friend!
Over the last couple of years, I have been walking through a healing process that has been very hard but glorious at the same time. I have had tremendous support from family, friends and pastors. I also see a nutritionist that is a Christian and has become a very dear friend. God has worked miracles in my thinking and in my heart. I am seeing food as a gift from Him. I still struggle with stomach pain and am still having to tweak my diet on a regular basis, but I’m moving forward!
This blog is just a place to share my experiences with different recipes and foods. I hope I can maybe be an encouragement to others that struggle with illness or eating issues. The last two years, I have been more determined to enjoy life and the gifts that God gives me. I will be 40 years old this November, and one of my goals is to be healthier. I LOVE walking out in the country where I live. I am also learning some Yoga and am really enjoying that.
Please feel free to ask me questions and leave lots of comments:) I love to make new friends and dearly love my long-time friends!