Hi, my name is LaRena! I love cooking, baking, travel hacking, and homeschooling. Let me tell you a little about me.
About 7 years ago my health started to decline rapidly. In fact, I was in the emergency room more times than I want to even think about. Soon I was on medications. At any rate, I began to have chronic urticaria which in layman simply means chronic hives. My hives were huge sometimes with liquid inside them that I could push on and move around. Not to mention the fact that I had them from head to toe. In any case, I had them sometimes 24 hours a day 7 days a week. No medication worked. I can’t imagine having them 24 – 7 for the rest of my life. Needless to say, I no have hives about 3 – 4 hours a day.
I have a list of autoimmune illnesses. Indeed, they wanted me to do further testing to verify other autoimmune illnesses. Not to mention I also have Hashimoto’s and fibromyalgia.
My health started to decline more and more. This went on for several years before a friend suggested we go to a Functional Medical seminar. Something rang true at that seminar and I became a patient of the doctor who put on the seminar.
My diet was revamped. I no longer eat hydrogenated fats of any kind, grains of any kind including corn and rice, nor do I consume any refined sugar. In other words, if I can’t pronounce it or know what it is I don’t eat it. I don’t devour any preservatives, food colorings, or additives. In other words, if I can’t pronounce it or know what it is I don’t eat it. Above all I now read the ingredients to absolutely everything I purchase. Not to mention I limit my dairy.
My kids have a dairy intolerance and my daughter seems to have issues with eggs. Therefore I try to create recipes that everyone in the house can consume. Which means, therefore, I have to make almost everything I eat from scratch.
To tell the truth, I was stunned as to what I was going to eat. Immediately I took to the internet thinking that there would be a ton of recipes that I could avail myself to. However, I found little help. Consequently, there were grain-free items but not refined sugar-free. Or there would be refined sugar-free but not dairy free.
Once going grain-free and refined sugar-free I am reclaiming my health and improving. Not to mention that I am now only on medication for my thyroid.
How I started writing a blog:
They say that “Necessity is the mother of invention.” I couldn’t agree more. For this reason, I began researching and experimenting. In fact, I still do research. Research lead me to ingredients I had never heard of before. Not to mention that many of my friends had never heard of them either. The next step was to experiment. In the beginning, there were many times that I thought about giving up as the recipes were failures.
As a result of my new found wisdom, I started sharing my recipes with friends. Who then encouraged me to start this blog.
I love to travel and travel hack. That means I try to find the cheapest way to travel so that I can travel more often. Little tricks like using budget airlines to travel. My favorite is Norwegian Air. Therefore my recipes tend to have international flairs as well as American.
Currently, I am on the tail end of my homeschooling journey. In fact, I love history, science, microeconomics and improve. I have a BA in Theater. Not to mention, the fact that I have lived in other countries and love to learn about culture, customs, traditions, and languages.
By the way, I have two children and totally and completely in love with my amazing husband. Believe it or not, I have been writing recipes for over 30 years for my family. Writing recipes has always been a hobby of mine.