Welcome to my blog! I’m Aubree Cherie and it’s a pleasure to have you here.
This blog originated as a recipe blog featuring all Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and Sugar Free recipes, in December 2009. (Read my original post, Why This Diet). For many years, I’ve been on a diet that avoided those three things because I was feeling sick and had a lot of strange symptoms that I couldn’t get under control with different medications. Since originally starting this blog, I went back to only a gluten free diet, but allowed dairy and sugar for about 2 years. This has backfired greatly, and after the birth of our first child it all came crashing down around me. So I’m more committed than ever to eating right, and doing my best to avoid these three food types. Read more about the one specific condition that is most notable, Bilateral Delayed Pressure Urticaria.
On top of that, most of my life was a downright battle for weight management. After much struggling with weird diets, varying exercise plans, and extremely low self esteem, I finally reached a place where I was comfortable with myself. But it wasn’t enough. My stomach hurt all the time, I developed migraines, I couldn’t get into a car without being nauseated, I dealt with severe sun sensitivities, and worst of all I couldn’t shake my crazy and variable mood swings. It was during that time when I realized there is more to health than just ‘not being fat’. After getting married in 2012 and now having had a baby in the Autumn of 2013, I am back to not being happy with myself. I’m discouraged that I let myself dip my toe back into the world of fast food, convenience, and downright unhealthy eating choices. My main focus is to stop having hives and be able to function normally again. Once that happens, I am hoping to be more regular with exercise. But through it all, I will be eating well again. Because I am a daughter of the King, and it’s time I started treating my body like it’s His temple, which it is.
I am a wife of a very Godly, caring, and generous man. I couldn’t be more fortunate! How I got his attention, I don’t know :) Since getting married, it’s been a challenge to go from ‘Dietary Diva’ who always cooked very random healthy food for one, to the other end of the spectrum, of cooking for two – when the ‘other one’ considers hot pockets, frozen pizzas, and 2 liters of coke to be a balanced diet. But he’s a good sport and so far he tries whatever I make. And to be fair, he usually likes everything… as long as I don’t tell him what’s in it – hehe. I like to call him The Hubs here on the blog :)
We lived in the state of Delaware for a few years, but we have recently moved to a small town 30 minutes south of Columbus, OH where we have 1.5 acres of land, a rather extensive raised bed garden (built by previous owners), and a chance to be more self-sufficient with our food. I can’t wait to see what this year brings with our garden! I am a dehydrating and canning junkie! ;) I will try and document those experiences too.
We currently have 1 son, but Lord willing, we would like to have multiple children. Being a new mom, and leaving a busy working life behind so I can stay home with him, has been difficult at times for me. But I couldn’t be more happy with our little guy! He has brought a lot of changes, but I can see God’s hand at every turn.
Also, since we’re still technically ‘starting out’ in this thing called life, we’re also very budget conscious and so my endeavors tend to pivot around saving money. So I’ve expanded this blog to encompass all the things about my life that are domestic.
I welcome comments and hope you will find something useful here!
**Updated Spring 2014**