However, MY normal typically involves most of the day spent at home either in my sewing room or doing the routine cleaning/chores, and an occasional trip to the grocery store or the bank. Pretty boring, but I'm okay with that.
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to travel to Fort Collins for an allergy testing/clearing treatment. I was simply seeking relief from the seasonal allergies that have plagued my life every spring and fall with more sinus infections than I care to remember. Over the past six years or so I have learned how to manage the symptoms and prevent the infections by having facials and other natural therapies offered at the Massage Therapy program at Trinidad State Junior College.
Like I stated, I was simply seeking relief from seasonal allergies... But it was suggested that I follow an anti-inflammatory diet that includes being soy free and dairy free. :P Throw in on top of that, I was also told to avoid corn, white sugar, white potatoes, pork and shell fish!
ugh! "I'm fine... I don't really have these food allergies. Pffft... Ridiculous." And then I recalled waking one Thursday morning with such pain and stiffness in my shoulders and recalled all that I had eaten the day before. I had consumed a banana, fresh pineapple, yogurt and cheese & peanut butter crackers... all foods I should avoid. :( Okay, maybe it is worse than I thought...
I have since been on the hunt for soy free foods. That is tough! I have had some success, and I do feel much better. My shoulders don't ache near as bad as they had. This is progress!
But the no sugar thing got to me yesterday. I was really, really wanting something sweet... chocolate chip cookies, specifically! I pulled out my bag of chips and they are packed with soy! Not good! I began searching for alternatives. Using my favorite recipe I altered it by cutting out the white sugar and used 1/2 the amount of maple syrup. I added baking soda to cut the acidity of it allowing the cookies rise and increased the flour by 1/4 cup. I mixed in dried cranberries and almond slivers, and reduced the baking temperature by 25 degrees
My craving was satisfied and I don't have suffer!
Here's my recipe...
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
Bake at 325 for 9-10 minutes
Oh yes, my allergies are so much better! There are still a few things that are bothering me, but over all, I am actually enjoying this spring. A few weeks ago we were enjoying a day of antique window shopping with trees in full bloom lining the streets. My eyes did not itch, I didn't have a runny nose, or constant sneezing and wheezing. Woohoo!
Changes can be hard! But I have a new normal... and I am loving it! Now that I can satisfy my sweet tooth. ;) Carry on with your normal!
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